Buck Brannaman--a mix of mentor, legend, and folk hero to the thousands who attend his colt-starting and horsemanship clinics each year--is the inspiration for the novel and feature film The Horse Whisperer. The author of Ranch Roping and the coauthor of Believe: A Horseman's Journey (both Lyons Press), he has started more than 10,000 young horses in his clinics. He lives in Sheridan, Wyoming. William Reynolds is the former publisher of The Cowboy Way and Ranch & Reata magazines. He lives in Santa Ynez, California.