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The Greatest Cowboy - with Earl Scruggs Music

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Published on Jul 23, 2009

Go to http://www.createspace.com/204455 to get my film Spike: A Montana Horseman - a story of one off the last great American cowboys. The music is by Earl Scruggs and his band. The film won the 1st prize at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Spike VanCleve, from Big Timber, Montana, was one of America's top horseman and owned one of America's great horse ranches. He went to Harvard, wrote two great books, and is considered a great Cowboy poet. Years ago, I was lucky enough to meet and get the chance to spend weeks with Spike. He and his family had lived in the Montana Mountains, the Crazies, they called them. His dad had traded with the Indians (and treated them fairly) and had built one of the great horse ranches in the United States. The Van Cleve Ranch was 21,000 acres grand. Spike had cowboy values- you work hard for a days pay -- you treat your animals right -- you are decent (but not overly friendly) to your neighbors -- you spend most of your days working your ranch. Summer and winter. Spike was lucky to have the parents that he had and lucky to grow up as a horsemen. Spike once told me that he had more metal in his body from broken bones then anyone he knew and that he couldn't go through the metal detectors in airports without setting off the alarms. To see my other film work, visit www.thehoffmancollection.com

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