Note from Chelsea Shaf­fer

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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!

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