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Winning eight Women's Professional Rodeo Association world championships wasn't a fluke for Arizona roper Kim Williamson. The all-around cowgirl has claimed championships in calf roping, team roping heading, team roping heeling and breakaway roping. She's also won the WPRA's all-around crown.
Measuring the Bronc Rein
In saddle bronc riding, a single, braided rope bronc rein is attached to the horse's halter and the rider uses it for balance and leverage. If the rein is too long (loose) or too short (tight), it usually makes a considerable difference in a cowboy's ride.
Still A Cowboy
Duane Daines remembers waking up in an airport one day after a quick nap. A handful of Japanese tourists were anxiously snapping photos of what might have been their first encounter with a real, live cowboy. The Alberta native took the situation in stride.
"Cody" Bill Smith Pays Tribute to Descent
Bill Smith of Thermopolis, Wyoming, had a long saddle-bronc riding career. That represents only a portion of a lifetime well-spent in the horse industry. See the print feature, "Under This Wyoming Cowboy's Hat," in the May issue to learn more.
Fancy loops, masterful horsemanship and great gear are just part of the allure of the Californios Ranch Roping & Stock Horse Contest. The buckaroo brotherhood and unguided stock-handling philosophies are what make it a tradition.