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iVIEWwith Gina McKnight & Am


When I met up with Gary Winstead, he was off to Las Vegas, honoring the memory of his wife Fay er passed first the other would take ashes, a picture, and play that person’s favorite machine.” From “He is interested in my next project. That doesn't mean much, everyone


Winstead is an author for Crimson Cloak Publishing and Solstice Publishing and has a new book o upon Winstead and his wife Faye. His books echo the value of America’s Wild Mustangs. He is a and a horseman’s gold buckle. “I was a farrier/trainer, etc. in my youth,” Gary reflects. “I am reti


write and make short films. My last short film, The Pony No One Could Ride, was based on a true festivals and won Best Director from a festival in Romania. My newest project is a short film abo 60's. I have two scenes to s


Gina McKnight: When was your first encounter with a horse? Gary Winstead: The earliest I can remember is when my father took me to see a local rodeo. I was around five or six. I was so fascinated by what I had seen it became a quest, if you will, for me to have a horse. We were too poor to own property not to mention a horse so I was able to talk my way onto one that a prominent citizen owned. Just down the block from me was a stable and a 10-acre pasture. Every weekend the man that owned the Chevy Garage in our small town would bring a few people and they would ride for several hours. Every weekend I was sitting there on the hay bales waiting until one day I guess he felt sorry for this poor waif and put me on one of his horses. I was seven at the time. It just kind of grew


from there. I would watch the shoer as he plied his trade and as fate would have it when I was honorable discharged from the Marine Corps I started my own business shoeing horses. Karma I guess.


GM: You’ve been around a lot of horses and are an accomplished rider. Do you have a favorite horse anecdote to share? GW: There are so many from 60 years in the saddle but one that really stands out is something that I wrote about which will be in my next book due out this summer. In the early ‘70’s I had this great rope horse named Tip. She would turn on a dime and give nine cents change. Was great on trail and would run down a steer in record time. I also had a new (emphasis on new)


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