Western Horseman Magazine Information
ON THE COVER
Little Roan from Idaho, by Don Weller. Learn more about the artist and the painting on page 109.
In This Issue
SNAFFLE BIT SHAKEUP (page 58)
The reined cow horse industry's premier event will move from its longtime Nevada home to Texas in 2017. The ripple effect may be felt for years to come.
BY SUSAN MORRISON
DEFYING THE ODDS (page 68)
Doug Williamson hasn't let age, injuries or a vicious bout with cancer get in his way. At 74, he continues to train and show reined cow horses at the highest level.
BY ROSS HECOX
GRASSROOTS GROWN (page 78)
An innovative youth program is giving gutsy young horsemen and -women a chance to boost their horsemanship from the ground up, using quality ranch-bred weanlings.
BY CHRISTINE HAMILTON
COWBOY CLASSIC (page 84)
The Western Heritage Classic sets the standard for authentic ranch events, cowboy culture and Western Apparel.
14 Ranch Horse Sales Three historic Arizona cattle operations have joined forces to put on their first ranch horse sale.
20 How-To Florida trainer Jay Holmes offers five tips on succeeding at steer stopping.
34 Arenas The Great Basin Buckaroo Gathering celebrates good horsemanship and buckaroo traditions, and brings together top ranch ropers.
42 Competitions The Extreme Mustang Makeover celebrates 10 years.
49 Craftsmen Dave Thornbury finds his calling making custom chaps and chinks.
54 Cowboy Tastes Brown Sugar Banana Bread is a sweet treat.
IN EVERY ISSUE
Leading Off | Feedback | Backward Glance | Baxter Black
STAFF'S FAVORITE QUOTES FROM THE ISSUE
Ross Hecox, Editor in Chief
“If you ride your horses every day, then you don’t feel like you have to catch up. It’s when you feel like you’ve fallen behind that you start beating them up a little bit to catch up. I try to develop their ability and a level of respect a little at a time, and that leads to a finished horse.” — Doug Williamson in "Defying the Odds"
Christine Hamilton, Editor
“Anytime you have a kid working with a horse, there are a lot of life lessons that come from that.” - Sid Miller in “Grassroots Grown"
Susan Morrison, Managing Editor
“I tease him all the time, telling him that if we were at a show somewhere and they were giving a rusty pocket knife, he’d try to go win it. He is that way. But that’s what makes him a great showman.” — Ron Emmons talking about Doug Williamson in “Defying the Odds”
Jennifer Denison, Senior Editor
"All of the horses in my barn are happy. And it all comes down to respect. A horse that respects you is a happy horse.” — Doug Williamson in “Defying the Odds"
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