30th Annual Boot & Saddlemakers Trade Show


    Boot Contest 2018 rules will have changes & will post as soon as available. Thanks!

    Boot Contest Rules

    Boot Contest Rules
    We’ve added a new category for a Shop Boot.  So many shops have gone from a one-person operation to a shop employing several people.  This will give these shops a chance to showcase their work as well.  

    The rules have changed so PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY!  If you have any questions concerning the rules, feel free to contact me at 940-872-6935 or mvaughnboots@aol.com.

    Boots must be checked in at the table NO LATER THAN 4:00pm FRIDAY to be entered into the contest
    Each contestant is limited to ONE entry per category
    Boots cannot have been previously entered in any boot competition

         . All Boots Must be hand stitched, no computerized stitching.
    • All boots will be entered as a PAIR, not a single boot
    • All work must be done by the individual entering the boot and no one else, except in the Shop Boot category
    • All categories will be judged anonymously by bootmakers who have been in the business for years and whose work is considered master quality.  To eliminate any “conflict of interest”, no judge will have a boot or a student whose boot is entered in the contest
    • An “Exhibition Only” table will be available for boots and bootmaker products to be displayed


    The following categories will have 2 (two) levels of entry:  Intermediate and Open.  
    You may choose the level you wish to enter but you CANNOT enter the Intermediate level if you have previously won that category.  You may enter the Open level of the category, even if you have previously won the category.
    NOTE:  The winner of the intermediate level will be awarded a plaque; the winner of the Open will be awarded a belt buckle.

    Top Stitching
    Boots will have top stitching only - No inlays, collars, brands, initials, etc. anywhere on the boots.

    Working Cowboy Boot

    Built of sturdy leather (bull hide, pig, elephant, water buffalo, wildebeest, waxed calf, shark, hippo or taurus shoulder).  May include initials, brand and/or a collar only.  Collar can have cutouts or inlays.  No more than 3 colors of leather on top, including the top leather.

    Dress Boot

    Boots should be simple and elegant, i.e. something that could be worn for dress with a suit or pair of slacks.  May include initials, brand, collar and/or tooling only.  

    The following categories have only 1 (one) level of entry: 

    Journeyman – constructed 15 or less pair of boots
    Basic boots with top stitching only - no tooling, inlays, collars, brands, etc.  Journeyman should concentrate on the basics of building a good boot.  The winner of this category will be awarded a buckle.
              *   If you enter the contest as a Journeyman, you can ONLY enter this category
              *   If you have won the Journeyman you CANNOT enter this category again.

    Shop Boot
    Boots built in a shop with more than one person working on them.  The winning shop will be awarded a plaque.

    Masters Boot
    Anything goes - Let your imagination lead you. The winner of this category will be awarded a buckle.

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