In the modern day world of electronics, instant gratification and superficial relationships you might think that a cowboy is an anachronism. Once you meet Doug Reagan, you will understand the deep value of a renaissance man. Doug heralds from a long line of self-sufficient and talented men, being a third generation farrier and blacksmith. His life spans a variety of specialty fields and experiences and he is constantly adding new interests to his already full life.
Born into the cowboy lifestyle, Doug learned to shoe horses at 11 years of age from his father and grandfather. He learned to break colts and ride competitively with his brother Jackie. His grandfather owned a blacksmith business in Tennessee and his father, who also made saddles, followed in that tradition, setting the stage for Doug to learn not only farrier work but how to repair and make all sorts of tack. While servicing his horse clients, the human clients would ask Doug and his father to repair random tack items at their ranches. This lead to expanding business opportunities and a medium for Doug’s artistic talents.
Over the years, Doug has enlarged his knowledge and experience base by learning welding and becoming a licensed journeyman carpenter. He attended farrier school and knows how to handle a forge and irons as a blacksmith. Doug continues to ride saddle broncs and bulls at 40 years of age. His leather tooling artistry can be seen on chaps made for competitive riders and he turns old barn boards into repurposed items such as cowboy hat racks and mirrors. Doug says he can “pretty much make or repair anything”. He helped to rebuild a friend’s barn with horse stalls when it burned to the ground, custom crafting the stall doors.
Just this year Doug obtained his business license and opened his tack and repair shop “Custom Cowboy Shop” on the family ranch just outside Salem, Oregon. He keeps busy designing, making and repairing all types of tack until the late hours of night. But Doug’s schedule doesn’t end there. He attends college to complete a degree in Psychology with the goal in mind of starting a program or business to help troubled youths find their way to stable and successful manhood. His motto is “the best thing for the inside of a man is the outside of a horse”, meaning that a youth with the responsibility of caring for a horse can learn many transferable life skills. Doug is serious about his continuing education, achieving Honor Roll and Dean’s List status and considering joining the track team soon.
If you need a farrier, tack resource man, carpenter or sage cowboy friend, Doug Reagan is the man to contact. His profuse life will enrich your life too. Contact him at 971-209-5051, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook at “Doug Reagan, Salem, OR”. He is truly a modern day renaissance man worth knowing.