Mesa Saddletree was named after good ole Grandpa John Tharp who
was born and raised in the Black Mesa pan-handle in Oklahoma.
Grandpa John had a passion for horses and making money. At a young
age Grandpa John became an entrepreneur. At the age of thirteen
he would drive cattle to Fort Worth, Texas to sale them. Grandpa
John’s talents did just not stop with selling cattle. As
an adult he became a welder and built Liberty Ships. He also worked
on the Alaskan pipeline. The Country Club Plaza in Kansas City,
Missouri has honored Grandpa John by placing his ironwork on display.
taught his grandson Dave Walkey the art of making saddletrees.
Dave grew up riding horses and working sale barns. Dave competed
in the American Cutting Horse Association in 1981 and 1982. Each
year he finished 2nd place following his brother who finished
1997 Dave started building saddletrees and after noticing the
problems that others were having with their duplicators, Dave
decided to follow his grandfather’s step and started his
own business “Black Mesa Saddletree” in 2003 located
in Harrisonville, Missouri. Dave used his experiences, skills
and talents to build his own duplicators.
four years in business for himself Dave met veteran saddle and
tree-maker Len Brown. Len showed Dave his product “The Corrector”.
After seeing Len’s product Dave asked Len if he wanted to
buy a company. Two years later, Len showed up at Dave’s
shop and purchased Black Mesa Saddletree in 2009. After taking
ownership Len used his skills and knowledge to perfect the duplicators
and took the company to a greater standard. With Dave’s
craftsmanship and Len’s knowledge together they create superior
and high quality saddletrees.
memory of Grandpa John and his love of horses and the fashion
trail that’s why Black Mesa exists today. Black Mesa Saddletree
was the first company to offer a life-time guarantee for their