The inspiration for this film, Buster Welch, grew up on the plains of West Texas and became a five-time NCHA Open Futurity Champion and four-time NCHA Open World Champion. Along the way, he worked for the 6666s, the Long X, the Pitchfork and King Ranches. Some of the most famous horses he trained were Marion’s Girl, Dry Doc, Mr San Peppy, Peppy San Badger (Little Peppy), and Haidas Little Pep. His credentials in the cutting horse and ranching worlds are unparalleled.
Charlie Israel, Executive Producer, rode his first cutting horse 50 years ago. Intrigued with the horse and the heritage he represents, he currently shows and breeds cutting horses. Israel serves as a trustee for National Cutting Horse Charities Foundation.
Robert Duvall and Buster Welch have been friends for nearly three decades. Known best in Western circles for his portrayal of Augustus McCrea in Lonesome Dove (1989), Duvall is assisting in production of this film in various ways both on- and off-screen. He has been nominated for seven Academy Awards (winning for his 1983 performance in Tender Mercies), seven Golden Globes (winning four), including for Lonesome Dove. Other notable film starring Duvall include True Grit (1969), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979), The Great Santini (1979), The Apostle (1997), and The Judge (2014).
For 20 years, Patrick Sheehan, Director, has written, directed, filmed and produced multiple documentaries including Haiti is on Fire, Futureman and Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story, winner of the “Award of Excellence” at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards. Sheehan was also awarded “Best Director” at the 2011 Los Angeles Movie Awards (Feature Documentary Category). Most recently, Sheehan filmed and directed Gip, winner of the Best Music Film award at IndieMemphis and the Audience Choice award for Best Documentary at the Sidewalk Film Festival in 2016. The film aired nationally on PBS in 2018. His work has appeared on HBO, ESPN and at the Sundance Film Festival.
Bob Welch, Producer, grew up on a ranch in Colorado, showing cutting horses locally. Enthralled by the stories his family and friends told around cow camps, Welch earned a journalism degree in an effort to tell the stories of the West in written form. As editor of American Cowboy magazine, he brought his vision of the West to thousands of readers. Along the way, he also worked in television production as the feature producer for the ESPN broadcast of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for six years. He is the 2011 ProRodeo Cowboys Association’s Print Journalist of the Year and his 2014 magazine article chronicling Southeastern Colorado rancher’s resistance to the U.S. Army’s expansion efforts titled “Not For Sale,” won a Western Heritage Award.
Jared Shull is a multiple Emmy Award-winning film editor. His feature documentary films continue to air nationally and have garnered an impressive list of accolades including Cine Awards, Telly Awards, and Best Documentary Awards at film festivals. But more important than the honors, Jared is passionate about telling emotionally impacting stories with fascinating characters. On his film projects, he collaborates closely with colorist Chris Tomberlin, who has two decades of experience color grading feature films and Jim Roberson, one of the premiere motion graphics artists in the country.
For Constance Jaeggi, Still Photographer, horses are her love, her passion, and her greatest inspiration. She is a Swiss native, but moved to Texas at the age of 19 to study and pursue her dream of riding horses competitively. Though many of her days revolve around caring for, breeding and showing cutting horses, she came naturally to the idea of exploring their mystery and beauty through photography. After winning the 2014 NCHA Non Pro World Championship, she completed the photography program at the New York Film Academy in New York City. She founded Constance Jaeggi Photography in 2016 and has since had her first Solo Exhibition at the Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.
Dennis Johnson, Creative Consultant, is a South Dakota native who began a life-long career in television and advertising after graduating from Augustana College in 1968. For nearly a half-century, he has been involved in the broadcast production of programming and retail commercials at both TV stations and advertising agencies. Today, he continues working with an advertising agency as Senior Writer. Dennis is the father of four children and grandfather of eight and believes Buster Welch is great example for people of all ages.