As the name implies 33 Ranch & Saddlery is both a ranch and a saddlery. The ranch was started in the early seventies by Doug and Paula Kuschel in central Minnesota. Run as a commercial cow/calf operation, the 33 Ranch, then as it does now, believes in the use of good horses and traditional ways of handling cattle.
Along the way Doug learned the art of custom saddlery and added the shop to the ranch. Doug and Paula’s daughter has joined them in the shop, and their son along with his wife now manage the cattle operation.
After 27 years in business, we still hold to the tradition of “Cowboy Made – Cowboy Tough”
As the saddlemaker for 33 Ranch & Saddlery, Doug has been able to combine his knowledge of ranching with his love of fine cowboy gear. Utilizing traditional methods of saddlemaking, Doug has been able to build a reputation as a fine craftsman. As a student of the vaquero style of horsemanship, Doug is always striving to build a better partnership with his horses while working on the ranch.
After her retirement from the retail industry Paula has become a great asset to 33 Ranch & Saddlery. Paula provides our customers excellent service by phone and in store while also creatively setting all of our store displays. In addition she does the bookkeeping for the shop, while also managing inventory and merchandising. In Paula’s free time she enjoys introducing her young granddaughter to ranch life.
Jennifer first started in the shop during high school with small tooling projects. Now 19 years later she does the tooling on saddles, makes the chinks and chaps, and is in charge of the online store. As a compliment to the saddle shop Jennifer started the Ranch Gal Designs line of beaded jewelry and greatly enjoys making on of a kind pieces. While running her own shop in Idaho, Jennifer fell in love with Appaloosas. A proud promoter of the breed, she will never find herself without a spotted pony.