The Schutz Brothers' story began in the 1930's when Don Schutz, at the young age of 14, purchased a 55 acre farm from his father. He started raising horses and named his new home Crescent Stud Farm.
In his late teens, Don began cutting leather on a borrowed billiard table to create his own bridles, halters and reins. His fascination with leather grew to a passion and in 1946 led to the sale of his prized Arabian stallion, Indraff, for $10,000 to provide the finances to begin Schutz Brothers.
Don's brother, Dick, joined him in the new venture, a combination tack and gun store. The first Schutz Brothers' sign was posted near a converted milk house/tool and implement shed on the farm.
On weekends, the brothers would fill their station wagon with tack to exhibit in booths at local fairs and horse shows. Little did they know that their simple beginnings and passion for leather craft would lead to an international wholesale saddlery business and a way of life for generations to come.
Don’s love of horses and appreciation for fine leather has been passed through the family and remains alive today. Don’s son, Mitch, and his wife, Penny, evolved Schutz Brothers' to the International wholesale and manufacturing business that it is today. With the passing of Penny in March of 2013, the next generation of the Schutz family is in training to continue the family business.
While Don's knowledge and skill with leather was passed to his son, Mitch, Don's passion for horses flamed in his granddaughter, Brogan. The entire Schutz family enjoyed spending time together at quarter horse shows while Brogan competed with her quarter horse in all-around events, garnering multiple top tens at the AQHYA World Show and Quarter Horse Congress.
Today, Brogan 's budding career as a pediatrician keeps her busy, but she plans to return to the show circuit once her residency is complete. Her husband, Doug Hayden, continues the Schutz legacy in operations at Schutz Brothers. Mitch's wife, Margie, a retired career Elementary teacher, enjoys working alongside Mitch and the rest of the Schutz Brothers' crew.
Horses and leathercraft truly are a way of life for the Schutz family and they are dedicated to using their knowledge and experience to bring the best products available to you and your customers. Though time marches on, Don’s legacy of uncompromising dedication to integrity, service and quality products will remain unchanged.
The Schutz family is thankful for the loyal customers and professional trainers that have helped and advised them, and treasure the lasting friendships that have been formed along the way.