Bluegrass Buckaroo

Frank Dominguez rides a young Thoroughbred colt at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Despite working on ranches throughout the Great Basin, the buckaroo was hired for several springs by the historic Thoroughbred farm to start its racehorses. The story appeared in the August 2008 issue of Western Horseman.Frank Dominguez rides a young Thoroughbred colt at Calumet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Despite working on ranches throughout the Great Basin, the buckaroo was hired for several springs by the historic Thoroughbred farm to start its racehorses. The story appeared in the August 2008 issue of Western Horseman.

Buckaroos & Cowpunchers

Cowboy gear used in California and the Great Basin differs greatly from the trappings found in the Southwest. Regardless of the region, equipment design has been shaped primarily by the landscape and unique methods of working cattle. 

Expressing the Rural West into the Future

An exhibit at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, showcases the craftmanship of artisans under 40 years old. Here is a sampling of the featured gear and accessories.

Gift of a Viejo

Ernie Morris' stories and art preserve the traditions of the California vaquero culture.

Slow Is Still Fast

In addition to its hefty purse, the Brannaman Pro-Am Vaquero Roping continues to foster a community of ranch ropers.

The Alamar Knot

Learn to tie this knot that celebrates the vaquero bridle horse culture.