MADE IN THE SHADE – Tall tales, practical jokes and lots of yarns filled the air as Tom Seay, host of Best of America by Horseback (http://www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com) (seated wearing hat) led the assault on facts flanked by the owners of Eagle Ranch, on Hwy. J west of Collins, Jerry and Cheryl Hennings. In the background, Del Shields, western and cowboy music recording star, signs an autograph. Tom and his wife, Pat, came to check out the Eagle Ranch Monday because they heard it is a great place for horseback riding and family events. They travel the nation looking for just that type of place to ride horses. The segment they recorded will be on RFD TV sometime after August 2013. If you want to go to the Eagle Ranch for its campground, cabins and trails, Jerry said you can just show up to ride for the day or call ahead if you want to stay: 417/275-1105. Find them on the web at www.eagle-ranch.com. Tuesday morning, the Seays headed for northwest Texas to record a show there.
Seay has organized and led two historic trail rides – one from the Atlantic to the Pacific and one from Mexico to Canada, a 4 1⁄2 month trek which followed the traditional cattle drive routes. He said it took a year to plan each cross-continent ride.
CHUCKWAGON RACES COMING – Members of the Midwest Chuckwagon Racing Association put on a demo Monday evening for the video camera of Pat Seay for the Best Of America By Horseback she and her husband, Tom, do for RFD TV. The Eagle Ranch, west of Collins on Hwy. J, will host three of the five events for 2013 – a race weekend on June 22-23, another race weekend July 13-14 and the MCWRA finals on Sept. 28-29. Cowboy church is held every race Sunday.
TODD AT YOUR SERVICE – The Eagle Ranch had Todd, Michelle and Krayson Leonard come Monday night to serve a cooked-to-order steak dinner with all the trimmings so Tom Seay (being served by Todd) could video the atmosphere patrons get almost every Saturday night (when the Ranch expects at least 20 for dinner). Local people are invited. Dinner was served Monday night at 6 p.m. For information, call Eagle Ranch at 417/275-1105 or call Todd at Rusty Jug.
GREAT INTERVIEW – One of Tom Seay’s strong suits is his ability to ask thought provoking interview questions. While at the Eagle Ranch Monday, he interviewed Ken White (left), retired professional photographer, Stockton, who photographed every U.S. president since President Harry Truman. Seay got him to tell lots of “war stories” and give his assessment of the various presidents. Pat Seay, who is the videographer in the family, has an interesting technique: after the interview is “over” she leaves the camera running and walks away while Tom continues talking to his subject. They say they get some “gold nuggets” that way which they later get permission from the subject to use. This time, Ken White told about the Beatles asking him to come on stage when he was photographing them.