ON THE COVER
Sam Falcón sorts cows and calves on the Santa Gertrudis division of the King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. Photograph by Ross Hecox.
In This Issue
CONFIDENCE ON THE FENCE
The thrill of going down the fence can be both alluring and terrifying for newcomers. Reined cow horse trainer Jake Telford ensures that non-pros are prepared for a fence run.
By KATIE FRANK, Page 36
MOMENT IN TIME
Artist Jan Mapes uses nature and her experiences showing cutting horses and ranching to express stories of wildlife, the landscape and slices of the Western lifestyle.
By JENNIFER DENISON, Page 44
THE KING RANCH LEGACY
EL RANCHO GRANDE When Captain Richard King established a cow camp near Santa Gertrudis Creek, he ran his new operation on the principles of innovation, thinking big, and appreciating the land, livestock and family. That legacy continues on the King Ranch to this day.
By ROSS HECOX, Page 66
A ROYAL HERITAGE
Family values, determination and an appreciation for good horses are fueling a revival of the King Ranch Quarter Horse program.
By SUSAN MORRISON, Page 76
THE KING’S INFLUENCE
In the mid-20th century, King Ranch holdings expanded onto five continents. Although its worldwide empire didn’t last, what it left behind did.
By CHRISTINE HAMILTON, Page 86
Young Horsemen Maisen Avent hits her stride riding ranch versatility and cow horses like her father. Page 24
Rodeo Home on the Range Champions Ride Rodeo brings in bronc riders to raise funds to help troubled teens. Page 26
On the Road Some simple changes and easy upgrades can make life with your trailer better for both you and your horse. Page 30
Women of the West Horsewoman Helen Kleberg Groves shares her experiences and lessons learned from growing up in the King Ranch family. Page 58
Craftsmen Master saddlemaker Robert Salas brings his attention to detail to the tack he makes at the King Ranch Saddle Shop. Page 63
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