Elbert Hubbard once warned the world to “get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.” It is possible that no one quite understands the importance of this secret to bliss as completely and wholesomely as Ryan and Tammy White, creators and founders of Best Ever Pads. Best Ever Pads is a unique and flourishing company that specializes in constructing custom saddle pads for the western and rodeo industries. Best Ever Pads offers an incredibly personalized experience for rodeo athletes and organizations across the country. In reality, however, Ryan and Tammy’s Best Ever Pads represents so much more than an innovative and stylish approach to saddle pads. This company has grown out of a tremendous love for the western way of life. Best Ever Pads epitomizes the essence of an incredibly special sport, the love and value for an intimate family operation, and the commitment to supporting a sport and industry that is undeniably worthy of such advocacy.
Raised on a working cattle ranch in Hawaii, Ryan White has over 30-plus years of experience in the rodeo industry. Ryan has spent his life dedicated to rodeo, as well as being an avid surfing enthusiast. Ryan represented the first Hawaii high school rodeo in 1988, and was a state champion team roper and 6-time California Circuit finalist. His need for innovation and creativity have undoubtably been the driving force behind the immense success Best Ever Pads has accomplished in since it’s creation in 2002.
Tammy West-White, likewise, is a long-time rodeo competitor, and involved in both team roping and barrel racing. If you ask Tammy about her rodeo accomplishments, she will humbly give credit to her father, Lanny, and grandfather, Noel; both were tremendous horsemen and cowboys that Tammy fondly looks up to and attributes much of her love for the fantastic sport of rodeo. Tammy boasts the prestigious title of being the winningest girl in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association for team roping. Tammy’s dual qualifications to the California Circuit finals and several open roping championships would be striking on anyone’s list of accomplishments, let alone that of a female.
The White family travels to rodeos and roping events year-round together, which makes the rodeo lifestyle one that is unrivaled by any other sport. The White’s spend their weekends balancing between professional rodeos for Ryan and Tammy and junior rodeos for their sons, Trey and Colton. It was this love and enthusiasm for such a tremendous way of life that inspired the Whites to develop a product and business that would enhance the sport, while simultaneously harnessing a lifestyle that allowed the family to incorporate their undeniable expertise, perpetual passion, and their incomparable friends and family of rodeo athletes!