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Film, Video Stirrups and Taps

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  • Stirrups and Taps


  • Stewart, Leslie J. (Narrator)
  • Marshall, Howard W. (Interviewer)
  • Gastañaga, Linda (Interviewer)
  • Ahlborn, Richard E. (Narrator)

Created / Published

  • July 25, 1978


  • -  Artifacts
  • -  Ninety-Six Ranch
  • -  Saddlery
  • -  Stirrups
  • -  Taps
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Motion Pictures


  • Ethnography
  • Motion Pictures


  • -  Richard Ahlborn interviews Les Stewart on the topic of stirrups and taps and their usefulness to a buckaroo.
  • -  Les says that his saddle has a "Visalia" stirrup. The term refers to the stirrup's shape and is derived from the name of the California town of the same name long associated with saddle making. The 1982 Capriola catalog lists Visalia stirrups with treads ranging in width from one to six inches at prices from $60 to $150. Tap is derived from the Spanish tapadero, meaning "something that covers." In 1982, Capriola priced bulldog taps at $110.


  • 3/4 inch video

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1991/021: NV78-VT8

Source Collection

  • Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • video

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Credit line

Paradise Valley Folklife Project collection, 1978-1982 (AFC 1991/021), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, Howard W Marshall, Linda Gastañaga, and Richard E Ahlborn. Stirrups and Taps. 1978. Video.

APA citation style:

Stewart, L. J., Marshall, H. W., Gastañaga, L. & Ahlborn, R. E. (1978) Stirrups and Taps. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Stewart, Leslie J, et al. Stirrups and Taps. 1978. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.