Freddy Sanchez was a well known saddle maker in Victoria, Texas. He was born in San Antonio and his family moved to Victoria when he was sixteen. He started as a leather worker making horse collars working his way up through the harness department to making saddles. Although he hadn’t intended to be a saddle maker, the more he made, the more he liked it. It just grew on him. His shop was a going concern from 1950 to 1982. When his shop was humming, he could turn out a dozen saddles every week. Freddy has very fond memories of the cowhands. They wanted good, rugged equipment; halters, bridles, leggings, holsters and, of course, saddles. Many of the cowhands didn’t own their horses, the ranch owned them, but they sure owned their own saddles. In many cases, it was the most valuable item a cowhand owned. Freddy thought the cowhands were the best kind of people he ever met.