Iris Wall

ImageA Florida Cracker talks about ranching and cow hunting in her home state.

Born in 1929, Iris Wall grew up cow hunting in the Everglades of South Florida. Screw worms that struck her state during the 1940s kept her in the saddle, roping and doctoring afflicted cattle every day.

Iris married Homer Wall in 1948, and they raised three girls and built a successful lumberyard business. They nearly always owned cattle and horses, and when Homer died in 1994, Iris began running the family cattle operation, the High Horse Ranch.

Today, Iris serves on the boards of both the Florida Cracker Cattle Association and the Florida Cracker Horse Association. She was named Florida’s Woman of the Year in Agriculture in 2006.

 

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Tommye Conner

ImageAt age “39-plenty,” this Midland, Texas, woman serves as an ambassador for the ranching industry and traditional cowboy ways.

The official ambassador for the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Tommye Connor—aka “Mama T”—fills that role unofficially for many other such gatherings, as well. She encourages young and old alike to connect with the Western way of life she knows so well.

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Family Fortitude

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The T4 Cattle Company, a family-owned and -operated cattle ranch in New Mexico, has outlasted recessions, fires, death and countless droughts through sheer deter- mination and a close connection to the land.






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Killer Consequences

Now that horses can no longer be slaughtered for human consumption in the U.S., the horse industry is feeling the effects: experts point to a drop in the market, welfare groups are finding homes for more unwanted horses, but thousands more are heading for slaughter plants across the border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Down Sonora Way

Two Northern Mexico ranchos reflect the area's rich vaquero heritage while infusing legendary American bloodlines into their horse breeding programs.

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It's in the Blood

ImageLong recognized as one of the country’s outstanding ranch and rodeo families, the Suttons of South Dakota attribute much of their success to bloodlines and breeding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mountain Dogs

Cody Price has been tending cattle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for 10 years. The New Mexico cowboy's job isn't easy. The rugged canyons, steep hillsides, thick brush and hard-headed bovine make gathering cattle difficult.

 

 

 

 

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