A Horseman Named Haythorn
With a deep respect for Western traditions and cowboy values, Craig Haythorn runs a historic ranch, breeds top cow horses, wins in the arenaâ€”and has earned the 2008 Western Horseman Award.
Building the Camas Creek Cavvy
Charged with supplying horses for one of the largest cattle operations in Idaho, cow boss Monte Funkhouser taps into top performance horse bloodlines.
Dust and cattle swirl around a young sorrel colt working hard in the branding corrals. Itâ€™s late afternoon in July, and itâ€™s hot.
Monte Funkhouser eases the 2-year-old into the herd, tosses his loop around a hefty solid-black calf, dallies and turns toward the middle of the pen. As the young horse lugs forward in a straight line, one of Funkhouserâ€™s cowboys slips behind and heels the calf. In an instant, the calf is stretched out on its side, and the ground crew swarms around it...
The T4 Cattle Company, a family-owned and -operated cattle ranch in New Mexico, has outlasted recessions, fires, death and countless droughts through sheer deter- mination and a close connection to the land.
Seasoned To Sell
For Bill and Carrie Weller of Kadoka, South Dakota, success in the horse business is all about athletes and atmosphere. As far as prestigious horse sale locations go, the Kadoka, South Dakota, rodeo grounds is probably never going to make it onto anyoneâ€™s â€śtop 10â€ť list.
Thatâ€™s not to say thereâ€™s anything shabby about the setup. The grounds themselves are well groomed and in good repair. Whatâ€™s more, theyâ€™re put to use regularly for local rodeos and horse shows.
The problem lies in the arenaâ€™s geographic location.
USDAâ€™s efforts to implement a national animal identification system have been met with confusion and outrage. With so many forms of identification already in use, horse owners question the reasons behind yet another government program.
Bruce Knight, a soft-spoken Clark Kent lookalike, finds himself in an unenviable position. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, he should be considered Superman, overseeing a process for the livestock industry that would save it from sure devastation should disease, occurring naturally or introduced through bio-terrorism, strike the nation. But instead he is, to a growing number of livestock owners, the Joker.