The Gallop Report

Cover Stories

March 13, 2012

Who says cover models have attitudes? The current issue of America’s Horse and the one we’re working to put out now both feature some genuinely nice guys.

Caton Parelli and his dad, Pat, did a meet-and-greet at the AQHA booth during Road to the Horse. Journal photo.

There’s just one way to describe Caton Parelli: He’s a hoot.

At our request, he came by the AQHA booth at Road to the Horse a couple of times to sign autographs of the March-April issue of America’s Horse, which features him on the cover. I’d been teasingly referring to him as our cover boy, but he corrects me. “Cover man” would be better.

“You could do a follow-up story on me, you know?” he says. “You could call it ‘The Colorado Cowboy.’ ”

Alrighty, Caton … here it is. You deserve it.

One of his autograph appearances came shortly after he and his dad, Pat, had performed a father-son pas de deux. Each of them held the end of a string – and I suppose you could make all sorts of analogies about the connection that implies – as they loped around the arena in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and even did a conjoined sliding stop. At one point, Caton put his horse, Liberty Major (the cover horse!), into a reining spin, as Pat, still holding that string, loped a circle around him. Then they switched places, with Pat, an AQHA Professional Horseman, doing the spin on KR Scoot N Slide as Caton circled him.

Riding solo, Caton crossed his arms so he was riding without reins as he went into a smooth serpentine down the arena, doing flying changes of leads as he went. The Parellis uploaded a YouTube video:

Several people at the AQHA booth asked him about “Liberty,” and no one could believe that the stallion was 21 years old. He looks great.

Just a few days before, I’d met our next cover boy of sorts. Tyler Crow is an Oklahoma cowboy artist, and one of his pieces will grace the front of the May America’s Horse. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever met a sweeter, more polite young man than Tyler.

So many times during our interview, he’d say “thank you, ma’am, I appreciate it” or “I’m very blessed.” Good manners, a sense of thankfulness for all life has given him … and some amazing talent. You won’t want to miss this story.

And just for the record, I feel very blessed to be able to meet people like Caton and Tyler, and all the other incredible horse people who’ve crossed my path. It’s my honor to be able to introduce them to you in the pages of America’s Horse.

Happy reading,