Texas Tack & Rags
Texas Tack & Rags was born out of a passion for horses and the Western lifestyle. The owners Sergio and Carla Elizondo saw a real need for a store that caters to the competitive horseman. There wasn’t a store that carried high quality saddles and tack combined with popular Western clothing. Sergio’s background includes Hunter/Jumpers and currently is actively involved showing reining horses in NRHA shows. Carla’s background includes competitive cutting and reining.
The store is focused on offering quality merchandise coupled with incomparable service. All employees have been involved with horses on a competitive level and live the Western lifestyle. One key feature of the store is a full service hat bar. The store offers felt and straw hats, open crown, which means each hat is shaped distinctly for the customer. “We are fortunate to have one of the best hat shapers in Texas, Juan Machorro. Hat shaping is an art,” says Sergio. The store carries boots by Rios of Mercedes, Anderson Bean, and Rod Patrick Boot Makers. They are the most respected names in the business and all are made just like boots were a hundred years ago…by hand, all leather construction, and hand pegged. The quality carries on in the tack department where you can choose fine harness leather strap goods, handmade bits and spurs by Jim Edwards and Tom Balding, and saddles by Bob’s Custom Saddles. Sergio says, “I think we bring a new level of tack and saddle options to the area. Bob’s Saddles are used by the top trainers and exhibitors in reining, working cowhorse, cutting, and western pleasure to name a few.” We will be offering some new Bob’s models of barrel and roping saddles that will raise the bar for quality and function in these disciplines. We strive to offer something different in our clothing lines, western styles sprinkled with trendy fashions. Texas Tack and Rags has a broad knowledge base to truly understand and service its customers.
“We love our jobs and line of business.” This is very important when starting a business. There has to be a passion. There are tough times and challenges to any business but the difference in being successful or not comes down to the passion and commitment. We are fortunate to be able to offer such a wonderful store in a great location. Future plans include: multiple locations, expanding tack offerings to include English, and putting a mobile store on the road servicing a wide variety of horse shows and events in the next 6 months.