At age 45, saddle-bronc great Billy Etbauer is gunning for his sixth world title. Behind the scenes, though, the Oklahoma cowboy is shifting gears, partnering with his wife and family to raise some of the country’s top speed-bred performance horses.
Time off and a change of scenery prior to January’s AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show proved just the right mix for Sixes Pick and Chance O’Neal.
Reined-cow-horse competition pairs the skill of reining and the action of cutting in one demanding event. Three National Reined Cow Horse Association members offer their insight on going down the fence.
Photography by John Brasseaux
Four horsewomen gather at Oklahoma’s Liberty Ranch, to see if they have the salt, seat and savvy it takes to survive one week in the cutting pen.
Firearms engraving has been around for hundreds of years, but acclaimed engraver Ernie Marsh helped popularize the smoky finish on bits and spurs.
MUCH OF ERNIE MARSH'S JOB as a bit and spur maker is mechanical by nature, but the craftsman thinks more like an artist than a machinist. His creative expression starts in his imagination and is unleashed when he picks up his hammer and chisel.
Each time the craftsman engraves a new pattern or attempts to resolve a problem with an existing design, he grabs a pencil and sketches scrolls on anything in front of him. Unlike a fine artist who has a large, blank canvas on which to create, Marsh's challenge as an engraver is to find ways to fill odd-shaped spaces with fluid, attractive patterns. Scrollwork is one of the most graceful, ornate elements Marsh has found to fill space, and they provide limitless design possibilities.
Marsh's uncontrollable urge to use scrollwork started more than 20 years ago, when he first discovered its decorative value in firearms engraving.