In 1976, Jim Mreen purchased Toklat Originals and started selling CoolBack Western saddle pads. Soon after, he added WoolBack and Medallion. Before he knew it, Toklat had become one of the most important saddle pad manufacturers in the US, servicing English, Western, and endurance riders. Today, Toklat is world-renowned for quality brands that we manufacture, import, and distribute from our factory/warehouse in Oregon.
Toklat consults with leading horse experts and product designers whose expertise goes into the products that we make. Many products have been tested and endorsed by top horsemen and women in both the English and Western communities. On staff, we have a number of talented individuals who are not only experts in their respective equine disciplines but also have a passion for everything horse-related. Before a product hits the store, it has been tried and tested to ensure that it performs to the rigorous Toklat standard and provides you with the quality you deserve, time after time.
Many people have asked us over the years about the origins of our name, and one by one, we have told the story. Toklat is actually a location in the Denali National Park of Alaska and the name of the river that runs through it. Pronounced toe•klat, the name comes from the Tanana Indian language, meaning "cloudy white" water, a result of the ice and snow melt. The area is home to the Toklat grizzly, a powerfully built bear with long, thick hair that is a striking pale golden color with chocolate-colored legs.