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ON THE COVER
Arizona team roper Derrick Begay is as comfortable on the ranch as he is in the rodeo arena. Read more in “Native Ground” beginning on page 68. Photograph by Kate Bradley Byars.
In This Issue
NATIVE GROUND (page 68)
Derrick Begay made a name for himself in pro rodeo and paved the way for other Native American ropers in the arena. Today he feels most at home working cattle in the rugged country of the Navajo Nation.
BY KATE BRADLEY BYARS
TRAILING THE '49ERS (page 80)
A 50-year-old annual wagon drive honors the grit and sacrifice of 1849 California gold rush pioneers, while giving modern drivers a one-of-a-kind experience with their own teams.
BY SANDY POWELL
HIGHEST HEELS IN VEGAS (page 90)
A saddle bronc mare’s day to buck at the National Finals Rodeo begins long before the singing of the National Anthem.
By ROSS HECOX
CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH (page 100)
When the holidays arrive, it’s time to deck the halls, house and barn with gifts that will delight every family member.
By WESTERN HORSEMAN STAFF
14 Remudas Silver Spur Ranches’ dedication to raising versatile horses has earned the Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda Award.
20 Women of the West West Texan Rachel Mellard is raising four young cowboys to respect ranching traditions.
30 Young Horsemen Madison Outhier is making a name for herself in youth rodeo, and has big goals.
46 Arenas Ranch bronc riding continues to be a rising sport, and rodeo producers are cultivating new generations of competitors.
55 Craftsmen Building classic California-style saddles that make cowboys want to ride every day is the mission of saddlemaker Ron Butler.
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