Buckaroo Buys: Cielo Cinches
- November 16, 2016
- Savanna Simmons
Skye Mesa Ogilvie is the creative hand behind Cielo Cinches, located in Hot Springs, South Dakota. (Cielo is Spanish for sky.) While I don’t have any of the items she has made, I have seen her work first-hand at several ranch rodeos where she has generously donated handcrafted cinches. She makes 17- and 27-strand cinches and breast collars with colors that will knock your plain-white socks off.
Here’s Skye’s story.
I was 17 in 1994 when Rebecca Albertson of U-Braidit taught me to build cinches. I made them for myself to use as I started colts and cowboyed in Montana. I was encouraged to take it up again in 2010 by the U-Braidit girls, Rebecca and Cybele. They could see a real need for authentic mohair products. I started to build mohair breastcollars as well, even though I remembered the big, clunky mohair breastcollars from the 70’s and 80’s (which I always thought pretty ugly!) I wanted something colorful and natural and western. I love building something that will last while keeping a horse comfortable and showcasing the owners’ style. I use pure mohair, stainless steel and brass hardware, and Jeremiah Watt hardware for my breastcollars. I am glad to see so many horsemen and women using my cinches and breastcollars in their everyday work. Function and fun!
You can visit her Facebook page at Cielo Cinches. A cinch or breast collar make wonderful gifts for that cowboy or cowgirl, and I personally appreciate using natural cinches and pads on my horses over synthetics.
Go visit Skye’s Facebook page and let her know you read about her on Cavvy Savvy!
This is a continuation of Buckaroo Buys, posts that feature my personal favorite makers and artisans. I am not paid or reimbursed to recommend these products and makers.
I am a collector of all things beautiful. I generally don’t care for trade-show bits or manufactured saddles. Ok, ok, I’m a bit of a snob. But we don’t have endless amounts of tack like this, just an occasional larger purchase for anniversaries, birthdays, or Christmas. Or a must-have once in a while when we see something and happen to have the cash handy. Our boys are going to receive some fine tack down the road, and that’s pretty exciting to me.
Christmas is not all that far off, and for many makers, Christmas is crunch-time. The earlier you can get your order in, the more likely you’ll receive it in a timely fashion. It also relieves the schedule for the artists. I also encourage you to support these artists year-round. This is a lifestyle and commitment for these makers and they rely on you. I hope you will check out their gear and maybe send some business their way if you see something you like. Be sure to tell them Savanna and Cavvy Savvy sent ya!
About Savanna Simmons
I'm Savanna Simmons and I live north of Lusk, Wyoming, on the Four Three Ranch with my husband Boe and our sons, Brindle and Roan. I grew up evolving my horsemanship with clinicians like Ray Hunt, Joe Wolter, and Jack Brainard, but not within a...