On The Cover

Western Horseman February 2022

Tate (left) and Ray Stowers of Idaho ride out of Hells Canyon, where they run their cattle on grassy, but steep slopes. Photo by Ryan T. Bell

In This Issue

SLIDER COWBOYS
Hells Canyon, America’s deepest river gorge, is home to hardy ranchers who graze their cattle on the canyon’s steep slopes, where an errant step could be fatal. BY RYAN T. BELL, Page 44

COW HORSE COWBOY
Through a series of serendipitous events, Zane Davis went from rodeoing and starting ranch colts to successfully showing reined cow horses to nearly $2 million in winnings. BY JENNIFER DENISON, Page 56

ADVENTURES WITH BOB
A bucket-list horsepacking trip ventures deep into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, offering a group of friends answers to why we humans are drawn to remote mountain escapes. BY MELISSA HEMKEN, Page 64

THE LAND LEFT BEHIND
Operating under regenerative agriculture practices, the Birdwell and Clark Ranch runs an impressive herd of yearling cattle that is helping to leave a legacy of improved land. BY LIZZIE IWERSEN, Page 72

CELEBRATING THE EMERGENCE OF BLACK COWBOYS
The idea that the Old West or the rodeo world ever lacked color is a travesty. From the 1800s until 2021, black cowboys have made their mark. BY KEITH RYAN CARTWRIGHT, Page 80

Ride West

How-To Ty Evans takes a progressive approach to preparing a young mule to safely pack into the backcountry. Page 17

Women of the West Kate Matheson connects people with horses, the land and progressive ranching practices at the Nature Conservancy’s Medano-Zapata Ranch. Page 22

Backcountry Wyoming horseman Bill Smith makes annual horsepacking trips a priority, appreciating the lessons for both horses and humans. Page 24

Western Stops Explore Michigan’s horse-powered island that delights visitors with stunning views, grand Victorian homes, and the world’s largest herd of working draft horses. Page 26

Rodeo World champion steer roper Cole Patterson sets new regular season marks en route to a record- setting National Finals Steer Roping. Page 29

Craftsmanship Nevada leather craftsman Ty Skiver carves unique cowboy stories into custom boots and chaps. Page 32

Destinations The historic Gage Hotel has seen the small West Texas town of Marathon evolve from a rail stop to a chic travel spot. Page 35

Real Life Ranch Wife When hiring help to gather feral cattle, best of luck finding qualified cowpunchers. Page 38

Products Prepare for a safe, enjoyable trail ride with these essential trail products and tips from horseman Ken McNabb. Page 42

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1 Comment

  1. I just wanted to express my delight with your feature on Black cowboys, a group that has been criminaly overlooked until recently. I’ve been honored to know Cleo Hearn and enjoy his Cowboys of Color Rodeos.
    I’ve been avid reader of Western Horseman since I was a horse crazy kid who loved the west, growing up in New York City. I used to pick up my copies at a place called Fay Ward’s that I discovered when I went to the rodeo at the old Madison Square Garden, each month I would pick up my copy and a new western shirt.
    I kept up with the magazine over the years but working as a broadcast journalist moving around a lot precluded horse ownership, but I always managed to find a place to ride, I finally got a horse when I moved to Texas and settled down. Due to ill health I had to give up the horse but not your magazine.
    I’m now in Oklahoma, keep up the good work, love the new your new look, keep up the good work and please try to do more on cowboys of color, Black,Native American, and Latinx.

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