I was contacted by Emmy award-winning father and son filmmakers Elam & Nic Stoltzfus (Live Oak Production Group) to write the forward to their book, The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles. I was honored to do so.
This coffee table book chronicles the Great Florida Cattle Drive 2016 which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first Great Florida Cattle Drive ’95. This event allowed people to experience the life of a Florida cow hunter on a cattle drive in the mid-1800s. The organizers of the cattle drive strove to make it as historically accurate as possible. In fact, in one of the early years, Dad (Patrick Smith) rode along on one of the drives.
You not only get to experience the riders’ adventures on this special journey, the book also tells the history of Florida’s heritage cattle breed and how they almost went extinct. In addition, it includes a section on the making of the Great Florida Cattle Drive 2016 documentary which is available on DVD.
This film tells the story of the Great Florida Cattle Drive 2016, the history of Florida’s heritage cattle breed—and how they almost went extinct, and how Florida’s cow culture is being preserved for future generations. Narrated by Baxter Black. Music by J. Robert Houghtaling. Here’s a clip from that DVD.
Enjoy the music from “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles” documentary. Features John McEuen from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.