WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Dan Shores will spend about 20 hours making one pair of custom made spurs.
This weekend he is selling them at the Texas Ranch Roundup Bit, Spur and Western Collectibles Trade show taking place at the Ray Clymer Exhibit hall Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m..
"I custom make bits spurs buckles, custom make jewelry," Shores said.
Every piece is unique. Ashley Sims is the Director of Marketing and Development for the North Texas Rehab Center. She said custom made ranch gear is something special to the trade show.
"One of the neat things about this is we try to keep it a traditional trade show, so you've got some of the world's best. They're really artist, and they're making those bits and spurs. They're all handmade," Sims said.
Spur and bit making is a job Shores started 10 years ago.
"I taught school for years. I kind of started doing this and turned it into a full-time job," Shores said.
He says picking a good spur depends on what you are going to use it for.
"Whether you're a ranch cowboy or a rodeo cowboy," Shores said.
The next step is to design the ranch on paper before the metal work even begins. He said starting the business was hard.
"I didn't know what I was doing. I still don't know what I'm doing, but it's just trial and error and you just build it up from there," Shores said.
Shores hasn't always made spurs, but he has been a part of the Ranch Roundup from the beginning.
"They started having one in a tent outside. The MPEC center wasn't built then. Once they got it build they moved the trade show here... Which is good. It's air conditioned. People like that a whole lot better now," Shores said.
He started setting up the rodeo events 37 years ago.
"We have the nickname the "Granddaddy of Them All," because we were actually the very first ranch roundup," Sims said.
It's not your typical rodeo.
"These ranches are actually doing things that they would do on the ranch in daily life," Sims said.
Ten ranches from across Texas are competing for bragging rights this weekend. The arena events start Friday at Kay Yeager Coliseum and will continue all day Saturday.
"It's really great to have those families come here and compete but also that we're keeping that western heritage alive and having some folks come in and we have new people that come in every year and get to experience something that they might not ever get to see again," Sims said.
Proceeds made at the roundup benefit the North Texas Rehab Center, West Texas Rehab Center and the West Texas Boys Ranch.
"They're supporting by buying a t-shirt or a program or a rodeo ticket. They can do that confidently in knowing that all of that money, all of the proceeds benefit those three charities, and those three charities give back to their own communities and help folks in need," Sims said.