The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles

This past year I was contacted by Emmy award-winning father and son filmmakers Elam & Nic Stoltzfus who asked me to write the forward to their new book, The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles. I was honored to do so. I am excited to let you know that it is now available!

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.

You can purchase The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circle here or at Amazon here or from the store page on the website for the Live Oak Production Group.

There is also a companion DVD and CD also available.


About Rick

Rick’s 30 year career in media and video production began with an interest in photography he developed during his youth while living in Florida. He was the director of a media production department at California Polytechnic State University for over 20 years and has worked as director of photography for several film and broadcast television projects, including stop motion animation. Although he still works in media production, Rick has found a new career as a performer/public speaker due to the success of a multimedia show he developed around his father’s life and his popular novels. He calls this show, “Patrick Smith’s Florida Is A Land Remembered.”

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