Ray Holes Leather Care Products Story
Saddle Maker Ray Holes started producing his leather care products in 1936.
In the 1930's, Idaho saddle maker Ray Holes, needed a product to put on new saddles to help repel the elements of weather, etc. The "dubbin" he developed also restored life to older leathers. The first Ray Holes Leather Care Product was developed and called SADDLE BUTTER®.
As ranchers and farmers came in to purchase new leather items or have repairs done (they used much harness in those days) they saw the benefits of the SADDLE BUTTER® for restoring and protecting leather. They wanted to buy SADDLE BUTTER® for their own use. Over 80 years later, it remains our number one leather care product.
In 1942, CHAP WAX® was developed. There was a need for a good water proofing to be used on leather items which needed protection from the wet weather. This included chaps, chinks, boots, etc.
Stores which sold boots and shoes wanted a different name on the waterproofing to make sales easier. Many of their customers, by now, were not ranch or farm people, so the name DRi-BOOT® satisfied that need.
- Then, in the mid - 70's, Gerald Ray Holes (Jerry) had become the owner of Ray Holes Saddle Company. Jerry developed VAQUERO RAWHIDE CREAM®, our fastest growing product.
By the 1980's, the demand for these products was becoming great enough that we saw fit to separate the leather care products from the saddle company, and Ray Holes Leather Care Products, Inc. became a wholesale manufacturing business on its own.
Ray Holes Leather Care Products, Inc. continue to receive great word-of-mouth advertising from our leather-loving customers and the retailers in 14 countries that offer our products.
Sarah Rowley, Owner-Operator, and 4th Generation, Ray Holes Leather Care Products