Meet the Breakaway Roping Journal Editorial Team
In response to the profound growth in professional rodeo’s newest sport, the creators of The Team Roping Journal seized the opportunity to deliver the most comprehensive online breakaway roping coverage available, making The Breakaway Roping Journal your go-to resource for all things breakaway.
The Breakaway Roping Journal provides professional coverage of the athletes, horses, gear and events driving the exponential growth in the sport of breakaway. The BRJ will employ the talents of leading ropers, trainers, breeders and industry leaders to explore the forces shaping the sport, while providing transformative instructional pieces and videos that will motivate breakaway ropers to better each aspect of their craft at every level.
Chelsea Shaffer is Equine Network’s editorial director, with a special focus on The Team Roping Journal and The Breakaway Roping Journal. A long-time advocate of women’s roping, Shaffer won the 2017 WPRA Media Award for the promotion of the sport. A 2010 graduate of Ohio University’s Honor’s Tutorial College, she prioritizes solid news reporting and storytelling in her writing. She lives in Fort Lupton, Colorado, with her husband and daughter, and is surrounded by breakaway ropers in her social circles.
G.R. Schiavino is the senior managing editor of The Breakaway Roping Journal andThe Team Roping Journal and a special projects manager for the Equine Network. She is a Western Heritage Award recipient for her story “Warriors to Ride the River With,” published in American Cowboy, an AHP Equine Media Awards finalist for “Beating the Odds” in The Team Roping Journal and the winner of the company-wide Innovation Award during her time with Active Interest Media. In the day-to-day, Schiavino keeps a keen eye on opportunities to swap out her screen time for saddle time with her horse, Snoop.
A former intern for the company, Casey Allen is now the Jr. Western Digital Content Producer for Barrel Racing Magazine, The Breakaway Roping Journal and The Team Roping Journal. Casey grew up in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, where she competed in college rodeo while obtaining her bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in sports business and served as a graduate assistant coach while completing her master’s degree in business administration. Casey currently competes in both PRCA/WPRA and amateur rodeos in the barrel racing and breakaway roping and is the host of "The Breakaway Breakdown" Podcast.
Lillian Kent is a copywriting professional manning the digital content production for Barrel Racing Magazine, The Team Roping Journal and The Breakaway Roping Journal. As a fifth generation West Texas rancher and avid Versatility Ranch Horse competitor, she brings both a knowledge of the ranching lifestyle and a fresh take on rodeo sports to the table. Graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Lillian values genuine connections and lots of caffeine.