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.

Mission Statement

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.

Meet The Breakaway Roping Journal Editorial Team

Chelsea Shaffer

Chelsea Shaffer is the Western editorial director for The Breakaway Roping Journal, The Team Roping Journal and Horse&Rider. A long-time advocate of women's roping, Shaffer won the 2017 WPRA Media Award for the promotion of the sport. A graduate of Ohio University's Honor's Tutorial College, Shaffer 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 associate editor of The Breakaway Roping Journal and The Team Roping Journal. In 2017, she received the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Magazine Article for her story “Warriors to Ride the River With,” published in American Cowboy magazine. More recently, Schiavino was a finalist for the American Horse Publication’s Equine Media Awards for her story “Beating the Odds” in The Team Roping Journal.


Kaitlin Gustave, a former intern during the creation of the new magazine, is now a new addition to The Team Roping Journal as assistant editor. She is a 2018 graduate from West Texas A&M University with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in marketing. She competed in college rodeo during her time in Canyon, Texas, at WTAMU, and roped at USTRC and World Series of Team Roping events across the Southwest. She grew up in San Juan Capistrano, California and moved to Texas in her later teen years to accomplish goals in the rodeo and roping world. Kaitlin enjoys spending her free time roping calves or heading steers, attending amateur rodeos and World Series of Team Roping competitions with her two horses in tow.