In the late 1960's, Les' father, Norman, sought out the finest craftsmen capable of creating works of art out of silver and iron. This art was manifested in the forms of bits and spurs made in the Spanish tradition.

What he found were direct descendants of the silver and ironworkers brought to the new world by Cortez in the 1500's. Armed with the designs of the Californian, Vogt successfully employed these artisans to create quality bits and spurs.

Les bought the business and used his extensive knowledge and experience to expand the line of the now famous Vogt silver bits and spurs. Today, Les Vogt's Silver Bits & Spurs is the largest manufacturer of silver bits and spurs in the world for both English and western riders.