Author Archives: Doreen Shumpert

Doreen is a fourth generation Colorado native, life-long horsewoman, and holds a degree in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University (CSU). She has competed in multiple English, Western and rodeo events including jumping, dressage, team roping, barrel racing, reining, pleasure events and more. Additionally, she has served as an open, breed and 4-H show judge, 4-H leader, clinician and is a CSU-certified riding instructor

Donley Rawhide

Written by Doreen Shumpert This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.41 Acclaimed rawhide braider Vince Donley grew up in Ohio, which may seem a strange place to develop a love of custom cowboy…

Joe Kreger: Cowboy Poet

Written by Doreen Shumpert This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.40 One day in 1994, the nationally syndicated agricultural-based radio show AgriTalk was talking about another “real-life issue, the kind nobody else would…

Buckaroo Gear: A Way Of Life

Written by Doreen Shumpert This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.39 Carlos Macias is cowboy through and through, but he’s not sure where it came from. Born in town to a completely non-agricultural…

The Double Diamond Halter Co.

Written by Doreen Shumpert “It’s tougher than you think.” With that simple statement, the “gauntlet had been thrown down” as Pete Melniker said, the challenge was on, and the seed was planted for what would…

Hagel’s Cowboy Gear

Written by Doreen Shumpert This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.35 What once started out as a summer job for teenage Wyoming ranch cowgirl Sara Douglas has blossomed into a full-time business for…

Tooling of the Trade

Written by Doreen Shumpert Known best for his rich and beautiful Sheridan-style, wild-rose tooling patterns on his leather work and saddles, Ray Arthun originally hailed from Montana and Wyoming and was a bronc-ridin’ rodeo cowboy.…

The Mecate Master

Written by Doreen Shumpert The horsehair mecate is as traditional to Spanish-influenced horsemanship as fireworks are to the Fourth of July. However, master craftsmen like Doug Krause, who can produce modern-day quality hair ropes, aren’t…

Gary Wiggins, Cowboy Gear Maker

Written by Doreen Shumpert Gary and Cynthia Wiggins (Wiggins Bits and Spurs) transplanted one year ago from the hustle and bustle of Castle Rock, Colo. to the quieter side of life in Brewster, Kansas. The backdrop…