& Pat Noble of Noble Panels & Gates
Don and Pat Noble are
WCHA 2013 Gold Sponsors. I finally tracked them down at
the fall Idaho Futurity where they were a vender. They
are very busy people between the business and an
occasional fishing or hunting trip.
They took two trips with
friends and WCHA members Jim and Luana
Wriglesworth. One trip took them to Africa
where they hunted. Don had hunted there
before and determined it was a good place to
take Pat. While Jim and Luana took photos,
Pat wanted in the action. She shot a 2000
pound Eland, which is the largest of the
antelope family. For you hunters she used a
7mm gun. Another trip they took together was
an Alaska fishing trip. Some great kings
were caught and all had lots of fun. This
fall you will find Pat in Wyoming. Pat will
hunt for elk and Don will be the
photographer. Pat explained to me that
whenever they hire an outfitter, Don is
adamant about checking out the experience of
the horses that they will be riding. Some of
the terrain is steep and rough.
Nobles have been around livestock all their
lives. When Don was a teenager he took
hunters into the Sierra Nevada. He had mule
strings as large as thirty-five mules. Their
livestock knowledge, insistence on quality
and safety is the cornerstone of Noble
Panels. It all started about 1980 when they
needed some holding areas for their horses.
Don could weld so he made some panels.
People liked what he was building and in a
few weeks he had hired five people and
started producing for others. I learned that
what separates their panels, gates, and
fencing from their competitors is that when
they have the steel milled they insist on
more carbon in the metal. This makes it
stronger. Also they can custom build for
your needs. You can find examples of this
custom work at the Gorge Amphitheater where
they built small “beer stalls,” or the large
renovation of the stock holding pens for the
Pendleton Round Up. Recently they worked
with Chubby Turner to build a Texas facility
for the J5 Ranch in Weatherford. Chubby was
very specific about certain things like
having all the metal colored green.
manufacturing facility is on the Noble
resident property and is managed by their
son, Chris. They employ about thirty
employees. Materials are milled in other
states and sent to them in 24foot lengths.
All materials are USA made with the
exception of a nut and bolt they haven’t
been able to find in the USA.
my chat with Don and Pat and learned so much
about their adventures and the beginnings of
Noble Panels. If you have the opportunity to
talk with Pat ask her if she shot that
trophy elk this fall. I hope we can get some
pictures on the WCHA Website.