The Legend of Sam Skinner
With deep roots in the West Texas and New Mexico ranching, oil, and western saddlery trades, Sam Skinner grew up hearing stories and legends of the West. His vivid imagination brought them all together in the Legend and Adventures of Bob Wire. Until he was about 13 years old, he only knew “bob wire,” not barbed wire. You could say he’s known Bob Wire all his life. He loves telling stories and hopes you will enjoy reading them just as much.
Sam also has deep roots at Texas Tech. He attended Amarillo Palo Duro High School where earned a track scholarship to Texas Tech. Many family members and friends of several generations attended Tech. Sam’s
high school principal was captain of the first Texas Tech football team.
Sam Skinner also has deep roots in Houston, Texas, having lived there for 25 years. While there, he owned and operated a cattle business and a saddle business, as well as working in sales and management for Purina Mills. He is also a Lifetime Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and worked for several years on the Calf Scramble and Parade committees.
Sam Skinner’s family has been involved in the leather business in New Mexico and Texas for over 100 years. As far back as the 1890’s they were bootmakers, harness makers, and ranchers. Saddle and tack manufacturing, as well wholesale and retail operations in tack, saddles, boots, and western wear were his birthright. Sam was a rep for and CEO of Action Co. (brand names such as Billy Cook Saddlery, Tex-Tan Hereford, Simco) at
different times. Himself and/or members of his family have been heavily involved in design and development of many of today’s popular equine products and companies.
Below is a list of related family companies thru the years:
Skinner’s – Portales, New Mexico (still operating, since 1928)
Skinner’s – Clovis, NM
Texas Saddlery Company – Amarillo and Clarendon, Texas
Texas Horse Pads – Quitaque, TX
Country Western Store – Amarillo, TX
Baker & Starnes – Porter, TX
Skinner & Co. Manufacturers Agents – Katy, Tx
Skinner Sales Co. – Amarillo, Tx
Skinner’s Quality Boots – Amarillo, TX
The other side of his family were ranchers, cotton farmers, oil field workers, and U.S. Air Force career non-coms. Sam grew up on military bases all over the world, went 14 different schools from the 1st to the 6th grades. His grandfather, Vic Starnes, ranched on 17 sections near San Jon, NM where Sam attended 2nd grade.