Steve and Cyndi Gilbert aren't looking to be the biggest stock contractors in professional rodeo, but there's no doubt they'd like to be considered among the best.
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.
For Arizona roper Mel Potter, the fastest route to the winner's circle has always been on the back of a Driftwood.
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.
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.