Note from Chelsea Shaffer
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 teamropingjournal.com) 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.