A fascinating collection of true stories about the life of a South Texas cowboy and rancher, spanning 80 years of Texas ranch life. Jack Kingsbery writes about his amazing experiences in a way that lets you smell the leather. These are just a few of his memorable stories in COWBOY WRECKS & RATTTLESNAKES: Buford, The Homesick Javelina; Wild Steers In A Garage; The World's Slowest Horse Race; Love, War & Cattle Prices; The Best Cow Dog I Ever Owned.
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Jack Kingsbery was born in 1922 and grew up on a ranch near Santa Anna in Coleman County, Texas. He was one of three brothers who were expert cowboys and horsemen by the time they were teenagers. Jack served in the Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II and graduated from Texas A&M College in 1949 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. He was a founding member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and a member of the Texas A&M rodeo team. After graduating he managed the Valdina Ranch near Sabinal, Texas and in 1950 started ranching in a partnership on the George West Ranch near Batesville. In 1951 he married Evelyn Bruce, also a founder of the NIRA. They moved to Crystal City, Texas in 1954 and began their own ranching operation. He began breeding Beefmaster cattle in 1961 and is still active in Beefmaster Breeders United. In 1963 Jack bought Mogford Industries, which became Kingsbery Manufacturing, and later pioneered the home/gun safe industry. He bred Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds for racing and cow horses and still rides and works cattle regularly. Jack and Evelyn have four children and seven grandchildren and live in Crystal City where he is active in local politics and agriculture-related organizations.Review:
"Just reading it made me sore." -- A Texas rancher
Rarely do the best stories get into print. But the stories that Jack Kingsbery told his children and friends about bad bulls, delinquent javelinas and faithful cowdogs are among those exquisite exceptions. For any reader with a taste for cowboy yarns and misadventure, Cowboy Wrecks & Rattlesnakes is a delightful journey through the South Texas brush country. It's not everyone who can cage a killer bull and then write about it, along with so many of life's adventures, in a way that makes the reader sorry that he quit after 31 chapters. -- San Antonio Express-News
This is a book any rancher or would-be rancher will enjoy. Jack tells his stories with a wry underlying humor common to most cowboys, but in words that let the reader smell the horse sweat and leather. His tales about good horses have a poignancy about them that lets the reader see the special relationship that exists between a good cowboy and a good cowhorse. I highly recommend this book to people who love ranching or good horses and cowdogs or even those who simply like a good story. -- Cattle Today
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Book Description Kingsbery Communications, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110966759001
Book Description Kingsbery Communications. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0966759001 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1490283