Ryan T. Bell

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2016 Nat Geo Live Presentation, Ryan Bell

Episode 1: The Story of a Steak

Russia's Church Bells of Freedom

Ryan's Russia: Comrade Cowboy

This week sees Ryan Chilcote asking if the next frontier for American cowboys is to be found in Russia. Darrell Stevenson certainly thinks so and is …

In Search of the Last Cowboy

Photographer Adam Jahiel embarked on a mission to document the buckaroo life.<p>Story by Ryan Thomas Bell<p>Rancho Grande, Nevada. Bobby Lynn works with …

Saddles of the World

When traveling abroad, leave behind your expectations, and your saddle. Learn how four horse cultures outside the United States put their own spin on …

Comrade Cowboy

Page 1 of 3<p>Montana rancher Darrell Stevenson teams up with two Russian cattlemen to export an entire cow outfit to the Russian steppes. In the first …

Western Riding

Clone Ruling Reversed

Photo by Ryan T. Bell<p>AQHA’s rule against registering cloned horses and their offspring stands. On January 14, 2015, the United States Fifth Circuit …

Western Riding

Comrade Cowboy, in Pictures

Parts 1 and 2 of the three-part feature, "Comrade Cowboy," appeared in the July and August issues of <i>Western Horseman</i>. The story chronicles how a …

Horseback and Healthy

Page 1 of 2<p>STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYAN T. BELL<p>Understanding the health benefits of the child-horse relationship can influence how kids are raised …

Bulging Park Boundaries

STORY AND PHOTO BY RYAN T. BELL<p><i>Because of the Yosemite National Park Boundary Expansion Act, riders will eventually have more land to explore and</i> …

National Parks

La Pialada

At an Argentine ranch roping, the author reconnects with the gaucho life he once lived and reflects on gaucho gear and techniques.<p><i>Story by Ryan T.</i> …

Western Riding

A Horsemanship Crossroads

Argentine trainer Esteban Mera blends Patagonian horsemanship traditions with North American methods, creating a unique blend of horse-handling …

South America

Gone Gaucho

An American reflects on cowboy life on an Argentine estancia. It's impossible to say when North American cowboys first rode among the gauchos of …

Western Riding

Rawhide Braiding: The Art of the Gauchos

<b>Home on the Pampa</b><p>A strand of rawhide was all that separated a gaucho from certain death on the Argentine frontier. Whether used for securing a rope …

Western Riding

Up Snake River

Ten people, 17 stock animals and 1,400 pounds of supplies. Is it possible to travel through Yellowstone National Park—to one of the most remote …

Western Riding

The Trail Less Trashed

Use these 32 strategies to reduce your impact on the environment—and help guarantee backcountry access in the future.<p>I go to the backcountry because …

Western Riding

Plan The Packing Adventure Of A Lifetime

Photography by Lynn Donaldson<p>A spur-of-the-moment decision to go is often enough to carry a horseman out on a simple trail ride, but a pack trip …

Pastrami Returns to Its Russian Roots

A pioneering ranching family looking to sell brisket to the upscale Moscow crowd turns to Eastern European Jewish food for inspiration.<p>Andrei Nitsenko had a problem: what to do with several tons of beef brisket produced on his family’s cattle ranches in Russia.Prime cuts like ribeyes and …

Dining Rooms

Killer River

Page 1 of 2<p>A cautionary tale advises riders how to ford rivers, and explains the human body’s response to a cold-water plunge.<p>By RYAN T. BELL<p><i>Even a</i> …

Western Riding

Kazakhstan: Where Horses are Revered and Eaten

The yurt smelled of horse. Not in a way I was familiar with–like the nutty odor of a wet saddle pad, which makes me pine for a mountain trail. This <i>eau de equino</i> was the smell of cooked horse meat. And it wafted from a platter being passed in my direction.<p>This was my first encounter with …

Wild Horses

Ranching May Offer Soviet ‘Ghost Farms’ of Kazakhstan New Life

On the steppes of northern Kazakhstan, a collective farm town called Chilinka Sovkhoz crumbles, abandoned. The 250,000-acre farm was once home to over 60,000 livestock (mostly sheep, but also cattle and horses), and an embodiment of the USSR’s plan to feed the Soviet people with food grown on the …

Farming

Russian Vegetarian Cooking Shines During Lent

During the Russian spring, the sun transforms into a pancake.<p>At least, that’s the folk story mothers tell their children while cooking <i>blinchiki</i> for breakfast. This flat, circular cake, which can be served for any meal of the day, is a symbol of the sun’s return to the cold, dark climates of the …

Fish

Russians Raise the Steaks By Demanding Blood

On April 23, 2012, the sun dawned on an act of revolution. In the night, someone had hung 240 banners along the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge, gateway to Red Square and the Kremlin. Each was printed with a familiar Soviet image—an upraised fist— and the slogan: “We demand blood! … with steak, salt, …

BBQ

The Smell of the Slaughterhouse

For the first half of my life, I was squeamish about blood and guts. It was a source of embarrassment to me, growing up playing ice hockey, when the smallest sight of blood would topple me to the ice. But all changed when, at age 21, I butchered my first animal. The smell of it, while foreign at …

Insects

Going Home, Home on the … Steppes of Eurasia

A great migration is underway in the world of cattle ranching. Cowboys from the United States, Canada, and Australia are taking cattle herds numbering in the thousands to start ranches on the Eurasian steppes. Why? Because the people of Russia and Kazakhstan have asked for their help solving a …

Agriculture

Inside a Russian Slaughterhouse, It’s a Far Cry From ‘The Jungle’

I didn’t know what to expect, walking into a Russian slaughterhouse. The fact that Miratorg, a large corporation, had agreed to give me access was surprising. “We have nothing to hide,” said Miratorg’s PR manager.<p>I wanted to take pictures, so could I bring a camera?<p>“Of course.”<p>Miratorg is proud of …

Agriculture

A First-Generation Russian Bull Comes of Age

Golden Autumn, Moscow’s annual livestock show, is a glorified petting zoo. Families walk the aisles petting sheep, rabbits, geese, chickens, ferrets, goats, and more.<p>At this year’s fair, the animals seemed to be handling the attention in stride. Except for the sheep. They’d had enough of …

Humane Animal Treatment Fields a New Generation

While the headlines and gotcha videos focus on the inhumane treatment of animals, Temple Grandin has focused her career on improving treatment for cattle in factories. But there are a slew of other experts advancing animal welfare on the range and beyond.<p>“Horse whisperers” like Buck Brannaman …

Animals

For Some Russian Farmers, Trade Sanctions Never Tasted so Good

Her name was Natalya. Her cheeks were ruddy, like a <i>matryoshka</i> doll. She had the figure of a dome atop St. Basil’s Cathedral. She was filthy, like she’d been dragged across a field.<p>Natalya, she was a fine onion. Then I made her into borscht soup, along with her friends; Ivan the potato, Yevgenia the …

Agriculture