Rope horse trainer and top competitor Tyler Magnus grew up in the Kansas-Oklahoma Flint Hills working cattle, and today he trains horses for the public from his Mason, Texas, ranch. Magnus has one of the most distinguished résumés in professional roping—nine-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier, NFR average title winner as a heeler in 1995, champion at the George Strait Team Roping Classic and member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. In addition, Magnus hosts an RFD-TV show focusing on horsemanship and roping skills called Roping and Riding with Tyler Magnus.
Champion trainer C.R. Bradley focuses on team roping and tie-down roping horses. He has amassed more than 17 American Quarter Horse Association world and reserve world championships, more than 30 All American Quarter Horse Congress championships and has qualified for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Twister Enola Gay, a roan mare Bradley trained and owns, is a frequent visitor to the NFR with PRCA Tie-Down World Champion Tuf Cooper in the saddle. Bradley's father, Clark, is a National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame inductee, and Bradley was raised to understand all aspects of Western horsemanship. Bradley, his wife, Rosie, and their son, Cooper, reside in Collinsville, Texas.
In the December issue, cow horse trainer Jake Telford breaks down his circle strategy for a successful pattern. Telford has won more than $1 million in reined cow horse competition, and recently showed Nabsico Roan to the 2012 National Reined Cow Horse Association's Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle Reserve Championship. Telford and his wife, Jessie, share their Idaho home with daughters Shawny and Sierra, who both ride. Look for Telford at the 2012 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in the working cow horse classes held November 2-17.