2010 Western Art Collector - Perseverance

During the mid-1980s I was invited by my friend Steve Rose of Biltmore Galleries to join a group of approximately 100 prominent businessmen, including judges, attorneys, doctors, astronauts, artists and art enthusiasts, in the formation of the "Charlie Russell Riders," a gentleman's ride. The entire group would meet at various ranches throughout Montana for a week of trail riding, fishing, prevaricating, drinking, and gourmet food. In the late 1980s, our ride was at the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, Montana. We were assigned our cabins, which were shared by four riders. The mornings were extremely cold and the only heat was a wood-burning stove. We agreed to take turns getting up at 5 a.m. to build a fire so that we could at least melt the ice that formed on the container of water we placed on the stove the night before to share first thing in the morning. The first morning was a disaster; the fire went out. The second day was my turn; I was determined to build the best fire ever...

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