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ON THE COVER
Bits made by Billy Klapper have become collectibles, but are most effective when used on horses like this 3-year-old cutting mare trained by Shannon Hall of Oklahoma. Read more on page 52. Photograph by Ross Hecox.
In This Issue
52 WEST TEXAS TREASURE
Fifty years ago, Billy Klapper quit working as a cowboy and became a full-time craftsman. Since then, his bits and spurs have become some of the most collectible gear in the West, but that was never his intention.
By ROSS HECOX
64 REIN MAKERS
Split reins seem simple, but a lot goes into crafting a quality pair. Learn how they’re made and how to select the right ones for you.
By SUSAN MORRISON
72 THE RAP ON TAPS
More than an ornate accessory, tapaderos can enhance your safety, protect you in the saddle, and even improve efficiency when working cattle.
By JENNIFER DENISON
82 MARE OF THE TOM MINER BASIN
Follow one good ranch mare for a snapshot of life on the Anderson Ranch in southwestern Montana.
By LOUISE JOHNS
14 Ranch Horses Pidcock/Coates Quarter Horses in Washington focuses on quality and solid horsemanship practices to preserve their brand’s legacy.
20 Classic Cowboys Montana cowboy Bill Blankenship has spent his life horseback, including 43 years as a brand inspector.
28 Horsemanship Set yourself up for success by confidently conquering show-pen challenges with these tips from judge, coach and exhibitor Marilyn Peters.
36 Rodeo Saddle bronc riders love to draw Wound Up for big bucks and big scores.
46 Gear Talk Tom Balding collaborates with top horsemen to come up with unique, functional designs for bits and spurs.
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