The Spades Today
As John Welch takes the reins at Spade Ranches, he works to improve operations at this century-old Texas outfit. But he's well-aware that many ranch chores still work best when done the cowboy way.
M5: Another Kind of Bloodstock
From their successful Windward Stud, to the launch of their new venture, M5 Performance Bloodstock, Frank and Robin Merrill continue to stay a cut above in the performance-horse industry.
The 101 Ranch Empire
A self-contained city for nearly three decades, Oklahoma's 101 Ranch came to an abrupt halt in the 1930s. Legendary cowboys and American Indians called the ranch home and performed as part of the 101 Real Wild West Show.
Crystal Peaks Critters
There's nothing fun about horse rescues. Even a veteran of the process such as Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch founder Kim Meeder, has never learned to enjoy the process. But in the dozen years she's been rescuing horses from neglect and abuse, she's learned to appreciate the silver lining that comes from such horrible conditions.
Calving at Maggie CreekEarly morning sunshine brought the cold Maggie Creek calving barn to life. The buckaroos started their busy day in the pen behind the barn, stumbling over half-frozen turds, playing that same ol' game all ranch horses like to play when they see a cowboy show up with a halter in his hand. Snow, sprinkled across the surrounding hills like icing sugar, had no intention of leaving Nevada's high desert just yet. The night shift man was heading for the warm comfort of his bedroll. His hourly inspections, although cold, dark and lonely, would yield some amazing opportunities to stargaze, especially on those clear nights with no moon.