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Joe Wolter’s property in West Texas, surprisingly, has a tall, steep hill in the back pasture. The California-raised trainer and clinician appreciates the elevated ground for a number of reasons. Not only does it give the typically flat landscape some character, the hill serves as an excellent training area for Wolter’s young horses.

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World-famous Severe Brothers Saddlery, a family-operated outfit in Pendleton, Oregon, was started by brothers Duff and Bill Severe in 1955. Today, the next generation of Severe brother, Robin and Randy, carry on their father and uncle's saddlemaking traditions, while adding a few touches of their own.

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"I haven't felt the need to compete since I retired," says seven-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all-around champ Ty Murray. "I haven't missed competition or felt the need to replace rodeo with some other competitive event."

At age 30, rodeo legend Ty Murray achieved his life’s ambition: winning a record-setting seventh all-around world championship. Five years into his retirement, the King of the Cowboys still has plenty of unfinished business.


The environment outside your arena contains all kinds of challenges for a young horse. Clinician Joe Wolter makes a point to ride toward them, using the outdoor elements to promote suppleness, balance, trust and develop common sense.

Mike Major of Fowler, Colorado, the source for "Make a Major Improvement," our September print feature on shoulder control, has spent his entire life horseback and working cattle. The ranch-raised horseman brings all that riding experience to the competitive arena and has since he was a youngster.


No doubt, our February 2007 feature about Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch in Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, "A Canadian Horseback Adventure With Options"appeals to many in search of the perfect riding vacation. However, wrangling the perfect summer job at such a ranch often holds a certain amount of appeal, as well.