ON THE COVER
Leon Fountain rides Easter Bunny, a Sankey Pro Rodeo saddle bronc wearing a halter with the rodeo company’s trademark 4 Bar X brand. Photograph by Mary Peters.
In This Issue
After more than four decades as stock contractors, the Sankey family prides itself on top bucking horse bloodlines and efficient event production on the road during the heat of the summer rodeo season.
By JENNIFER DENISON, Page 60
Online coaching allows riders to maximize their time and skills with help from top trainers who might otherwise be inaccessible.
By KATIE FRANK, Page 72
RIDING WITH COWBOY SANTA
Get a sneak peak at some of the Western-style gifts Santa Claus will be delivering to cowboys and cowgirls this Christmas. Compiled by WESTERN HORSEMAN STAFF, Page 94
THEIR HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN COWBOYS
Some of the biggest names in professional bull riding join the crew for a branding on the 2R Ranch.
By DEE ANN LITTLEFIELD, Page 84
Remudas Raising versatile ranch horses and accomplished show performers helped Wagonhound Land & Livestock earn the Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda Award. Page 16
How-To Horseman Martin Black offers tips on teaching a horse to stand still while a rider mounts. Page 26
Backcountry Traveling safely in bear country means discouraging encounters and knowing how to defend yourself if necessary. Page 36
Rodeo Every rodeo counts with the World Champions Rodeo Alliance’s plan to unite contestants. Page 44
Cowboy Candy Stores Southwest Roundup Studio Gallery’s selection of gear, home furnishings and art connects customers to California history. Page 52
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