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Team Ropers

Partner Pitfalls: Choosing a Great Teammate (and Being One)

Getting in the zone means everything should feel right, including your partner. Experts weigh in on choosing a great teammate—and being one.

Rope Horses

The Foundation: The Trainers Behind the Trainers

Even the best ropers—and horse trainers—in the world have some serious backup in the top hands who put the outside rides on their young horses. From ranch cowboys to cow horse trainers to cutters, there are trainers behind the trainers who make top futurity horses, world champions and just true winners. Their styles are as different as the men themselves, but their results are gold buckles, gold globes and all-around great horses.

Team Roping Events

A Rock-Solid Office: The Men and Women Behind the Entry Office

In-depth insights from event secretaries and the technology that makes a team roping event run smoothly

Rope Horses

The Foundation: The Top Hands Behind the Trainers

Even the best ropers—and horse trainers—in the world have some serious backup in the top hands who put the outside rides on their young horses. From ranch cowboys to cow horse trainers to cutters, there are trainers behind the trainers who make top futurity horses, world champions and just true winners. Their styles are as different as the men themselves, but their results are gold buckles, gold globes and all-around great horses.

Team Ropers

Behind the Buckles: Gist Silversmith’s Gary Gist

Gary Gist of Gist Silversmiths has been the sole provider of championship buckles to the USTRC and Ariat World Series of Team Roping since the beginning, but he’s also an NFR Champion Heeler and someone who’s lived the sport’s history for the past 70 years.

Team Ropers

Cody Snow’s Wild West Show Comes of Age

Cody grew up in Los Olivos, California, in the scenic Santa Ynez Valley, the son of renowned equine veterinarian and champion aerobatic pilot Van Snow, who died in a 2010 plane crash at 58—when Cody was 13. Van and Loree’s daughter, Shelbie, recently graduated from vet school. She and Cody have four half siblings—April, Amy, Hayley and Tye—from Van’s first marriage.

Industry

The Return to the E

The COVID-19 crisis thrust The Lazy E back to the center of the Western world in 2020—a position its owners, the McKinney family, and their leadership team at The E, had worked tirelessly to reclaim.

Team Ropers

Bid on This: Providence and Provenance with Steve Friskup

Horse sale auctioneer and cowboy pastor Steve Friskup offers providence and provenance.

Team Ropers

When the Toughest of Times Bring Out the Best in Cowboys

Team Ropers

Paternal Partners: A Few Father’s Who Deserve Awards

Raising winners at team roping—and life—is worth a little recognition.

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