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6. Trade Show. Spurs, bits, saddles, hats, jewelry, Western art—whatever a cowboy or horseman needs, it’s here.

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5. Classy Ladies. Okay, I didn’t take this photo at the WCRR. But Gregg Veneklasen, DVM, operates his clinic nearby, and he invited me to see some of the elite bucking horse mares that he is breeding and flushing embryos from. They included, from left, Killer Bee (see an article on her in the November 2017 issue of Western Horseman), Wonderland and Wound Up (PRCA’s Saddle Bronc of the Year for 2017). We hung out with them in their pen, and it was a highlight of my trip.

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4. Great Bronc Rides. As a photographer, it’s always exciting to shoot ranch bronc riding, and there were plenty of great rides to capture. On this ride, Chris Potter’s horse reared and slammed him against the back of the chute, but he held on and marked a score of 74 for Broken H Ranch.

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3. Top Hands. It goes without saying that some of the handiest cowboys compete at the WCRR. One of them, Connor Grokett of the Robbins Ranch, earned the WCRR Top Hand Award.

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