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Today’s Texas Rangers ride some of the most well-trained horses in the world, but a high-strung, green-broke mustang helped launch the long and distinguished career of Maj. George Erath. In his memoirs, Erath described his earliest days as a ranger private in 1835, and his first engagement with American Indians in North Central Texas.

South Dakota’s Casey Tibbs and Idaho’s Deb Copenhaver won eight saddle-bronc-riding world championships from 1949 to 1959. Casey won six, and Deb won two. They were good friends and argued in fun, razzing each other almost constantly, although many thought they were serious.

Movie stock contractor John Scott, based in Longview, Alberta, is profiled in the June print edition of Western Horseman. Of the more than 100 films he’s worked on, Scott says his favorite is the 1994 World War I-era drama Legends of the Fall, which he worked on for four years with director Edward Zwick.

An old Santa Fe Railroad warehouse sits along the tracks in what looks like a forgotten corner of Colorado Springs, Colo. This aging relic of a bygone era, however, is actually home to some of the best-known names in western music, including Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell, Rich O’Brien, Red Steagall and Sons of the San Joaquin.

The May 2005 feature, “Legend of the Eastern High Sierras,” profiled longtime packer and mule man Bob Tanner. Here’s more about Bob, who’s owned California’s Red’s Meadow Pack Station since 1960.