Generations of talent in Montana

Sometimes after you get married, you realize all the more, what a great deal that was.  For me, this couldn't be more true.  Prior to getting married, I knew my husband's family was great, but I didn't know them very well.  What a wonderful gift to come to realize how special they are.  

My husband's grandfather is Jim Carrig.  While you won't hear him bragging, there's a lot to know about this talented man.  After 50+ years of marriage, he is now a widower living on his own in an octagon shaped house he designed and built himself, in Bozeman.  As a young kid in Butte, he fell in love with horses, rodeo, and gymnastics and found he had a whopping talent for all three.  In the early 1950's he made it to the Cow Palace in California, and was a National Champion in Bareback.  Had finances been better, he would have been able to accept his qualified entries to compete again at the national level.  Back then, contestants had to foot the bill without sponsorships.

After many years of managing historic ranches around Montana, he now spends time in his saddle shop, and helps Montana Bones with their leather tags for the Montana Quarter Pendant necklaces.  He has loads of interesting stories, and has been interviewed by staff of the Montana Historical Society in Helena.  What a treasure he is!   

Stay tuned for more on Jim's daughter, Kathy, the maker of Montana Bones Pendant necklaces.

Kathy Carrig Holzer, and Jim Holzer, Bozeman, Montana                     photo by Lynn Donaldson

Kathy Carrig Holzer, and Jim Holzer, Bozeman, Montana                     photo by Lynn Donaldson

Dana Holzer