Note from Chelsea Shaf­fer

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If your fam­ily is any­thing at all like mine—judg­ing by the fact that you’re read­ing this magazine, I’d guess we have a few things in com­mon—you maybe spend a whole lot of time in the truck head­ing up and down the road to the jack­pots and rodeos. When my 19-month-old isn’t de­mand­ing Elmo stream through the speak­ers in the pickup, my hus­band and I usu­ally like to pass the time with a podcast. We first got into them on a long trip in 2015, lis­ten­ing to the fa­mous true­crime podcast, Se­rial, but since then we’ve ex­panded into a lit­tle of ev­ery­thing: science, cur­rent events, sports, you name it.

So it was only nat­u­ral that our staff here at The Team Rop­ing Jour­nal de­cided to ex­pand our of­fer­ings to our read­ers with a podcast of our own. I spend hours each week on the phone with the best rop­ers in the world, and most of the stuff we talk about never makes it to print. And that’s a shame, be­cause there’s so much more to these cow­boys and cow­girls than scor­ing, rid­ing, and rop­ing.

By the time you get this is­sue, we’ll have con­ver­sa­tions posted on iTunes and SoundCloud (and you can find the links at team­rop­ingjour­ with Aaron Tsinig­ine, Trevor Brazile, Bil­lie Jack Saebens, and more. We quite lit­er­ally take you in the truck and on the road with them, and you can lis­ten from the back seat as we dive deep into the minds of the best in the sport.

From time to time, I’ll do my best to get Karl Stress­man and Denny Gen­try and other pro­duc­ers and in­flu­encers on the podcast, too. But in the mean­time, I want to make sure you know that both Karl (page 110) and Denny (page 97) write a let­ter to rop­ers each month that runs in the event ad sections of the magazine. That’s your best source of in­for­ma­tion on the hap­pen­ings of the USTRC and World Se­ries of Team Rop­ing. Don’t miss it!

In the mean­time, en­joy a lit­tle traditional me­dia here in these 158 pages, and tune in to the pod when you get a chance.

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