California reined cow horse trainer Ron Emmons prepares horses for major events such as the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Snaffle Bit Futurity and World’s Greatest Horseman. Emmons and Olena Oak won the World’s Greatest event in 2012, and successfully defended their title in 2013. The professional horseman grew up on his family ranch in California, and today resides in Ione with his wife, LaDona.
Barrel horse trainer Dena Kirkpatrick grew up on a dairy farm in New Mexico, where her grandfather raised racehorses and her father roped. She was exposed early in her life to Thoroughbreds and racing Quarter Horses, and got her first experience with stock horses when she married Cliff Kirkpatrick 30 years ago and moved to his family’s ranch in Post, Texas.
Dr. Robert M. Miller, DVM, has contributed to Western Horseman magazine as a writer and cartoonist since 1949. In the January 2011 issue, "The Horsemanship Revolution" tells of the vital role Western Horseman played in spreading the word on natural horsemanship and imprint training, of which Dr. Miller was a leading pioneer.
Vaquero-style horseman Richard Caldwell was featured in the May 2010 issue of Western Horseman, in the final article of the three-part series "Jaquima a Freno," which discusses the vaquero tradition of transitioning a horse from the hackamore to the two-rein and then straight up in the bridle. May's article, "Into the Bridle," discusses the final stage of this progressive training approach.