Note from Chelsea Shaffer
Just like the team roping industry itself is constantly on the move—with new formats and new producers—this magazine is in a steady state of evolution. And lately, when other print products are having to cut pages and sacrifice content, we’re so lucky to be adding more ways to talk about the vibrancy of this sport we all love every month.
Last month we added The Score podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher, and this month we unveil four new sections of the magazine as we find creative ways to tell your stories.
First, on page 38, you’ll find a department called Icons, where we highlight iconic ropers and moments from the past. On page 42, we introduce you to craftsman who are shaping the industry.
In our Competitive Edge section, we bring you two new articles from the pros. Feed Cart, found on page 70, will take you into the feed bins of the best ropers in the business, and Bit Junkie will take you to their bridle racks on page 71. I’m definitely a bit junkie myself, so this could quickly become my favorite piece to write every month.
I’ve got to brag on the edit team that put these 174 pages together. Kendra Santos’ feature on the legendary Junior Muzio (page 80) is a profile of one of team roping’s treasures, and Julie Mankin’s piece on the cutting-horse influence in heel horses is a blast to read on page 76. Chad Masters helped me out with a story on scoring (page 84), one I wanted to do because lately everyone I talk to references something they learned from this two-time world champ. G.R. Schiavino’s insider’s guide to Cheyenne will make your trip to the World Series of Team Roping qualifier, The Daddy, even better (page 90). And Eva Young, our art director, makes it all sing with her design.
I know you’re on the road this time of year, so throw this magazine on the dash and read it in the passenger seat between ropings. Oh, and don’t forget to throw a marker on page 109 so you’ve got your USTRC Cinch National Finals of Team Roping entries handy!