This issue hits at the start of one of the first major Finals of the year, with the Ariat NTR Finals starting March 5 and running through March 12. Hopefully, you’re on your way to warmer weather in Wickenburg as you read this.
The NTR Finals wrap up with The Horse Sale at Rancho Rio, where you’ll find me ringside watching the best in the business show the coolest bunch of horses ever assembled under one tent. I’ll be there to cover it as part of our Year of the Horse campaign, a massive undertaking that will document the explosion of the rope horse futurity scene, culminating with the Riata Buckle in November. If you missed our rollout of the Riata Buckle somehow, it’s live on teamropingjournal.com and you can listen to two of the three founders— Denny Gentry and Lance Robinson— explain more about it on Episode 1 of Season 5 (!) of our podcast, “The Score,” anywhere you listen to podcasts.
We’re booking our travel for the year right now, and we’re filling up FAST. While I’m at Rancho Rio, Kaitlin Gustave and Kendra Santos will be at the Cinch Timed Event Championships at the Lazy E, and you can see a preview of that on page 72.
Aside from the futurities, we’ll be keeping our dedicated focus on the Cinch USTRC National Finals of Team Roping, the Women’s Rodeo World Championships and World Champions Rodeo Alliance events, as well as all of the ProRodeo and major jackpot coverage you’ve come to expect over these last few decades in team roping.
While you’re at it, make sure you’re following breakawayropingjournal.com for all the play-by-play from that thriving scene, and check out our newest addition, barrelracingmagazine.com if there are any can chasers in your circle. You sure know how to keep us busy.
See you somewhere down the road. Be sure to stop us and say hey!