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Inspired by chuckwagon traditions, cowboy cook Tom Perini has made an art out of preparing simple foods the old-fashioned way. That’s what draws people from around the world to his rural Texas ranch to taste a bit of Western heritage.

He can’t remember how many paintings he’s done, but he thinks he’s painted pictures of horses in 28 states, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. And he for sure remembers that he has painted some horses two or even three times. “I’d paint a picture for the owner of a horse, and then when the horse sold, the new owner would want one. And if the horse sold again, sometimes the next owner would want one,” Orren Mixer laughs.

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Active ImageWhether supervising operations, braiding rawhide, engraving silver or building saddles, the owners, managers and craftsmen at Hamely & Co. share a common vision: to maintain the quality craftsmanship and commitment to working working cowboys and buckaroos that the store was founded on more than a century ago.

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A trio of custom trophy saddles ups the ante at the 10th annual Californios Ranch Roping & Stock Horse Contest. Get an exclusive look at the coveted awards and meet the saddle artists who created them.

Don Edwards made it his mission to research and preserve the background of traditional folk music. Along the way, his unique style struck a chord with audiences worldwide, and his lyrics became the voice of the American cowboy.

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Western artist and photographer Lisa Norman journeyed to a remote section of Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. in the Sandhills of Nebraska. Inspired by her outdoor “studio” and the pioneer spirit she encountered, she has documented the ranch’s rich heritage in a pictorial essay.

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ImageHorsewright Clothing and Tack Company owners Dave and Nichole Ferry design working cowboy gear while ranching in California’s Tehachapi Mountains.  Their traditional tack has inspired a movement to recognize the men and women serving in the armed forces.