Steve and Cyndi Gilbert aren’t looking to be the biggest stock contractors in professional rodeo, but there’s no doubt they’d like to be considered among the best.
Winning eight Women's Professional Rodeo Association world championships wasn't a fluke for Arizona roper Kim Williamson. The all-around cowgirl has claimed championships in calf roping, team roping heading, team roping heeling and breakaway roping. She's also won the WPRA's all-around crown.
In saddle bronc riding, a single, braided rope bronc rein is attached to the horse's halter and the rider uses it for balance and leverage. If the rein is too long (loose) or too short (tight), it usually makes a considerable difference in a cowboy's ride.
This story first appeared in the May 1993 WH. For more on Phillip Whiteman Jr., see this month’s print feature, “Native Ways.”
With eight consecutive world-champion team-roping titles under his belt, Speed Williams focuses on preparing future champions-in roping and in life.
Canadian championships are determined by a “sudden-death” format in which all 12 contestants in each event begin the Canadian Finals Rodeo on a level playing field. Money won during the regular season doesn’t factor into CFR standings or play a role in determining eventual champions.
Six ProRodeo Hall-of-Fame cowboys and history’s most decorated barrel racer offer their takes on the upcoming National Finals Rodeo.