Equifest Program 2022
DANNY McCURRY Danny is a cowboy, rancher and
DEL SHIELDS Del Shields, a Christian, family man, horseman, musician, televi- sion entertainer, former rodeo cow- boy, along with many other exploits and expe- riences says, "I'm just a man who loves to live the life I have been blessed with." Del has always pro- moted the west-
a w a r d - w i n n i n g cowboy poet. He runs The Wagon Rut M, running commercial cows, grazing yearlings and catching wild cattle around s o u t h w e s t Missouri. His poet- ry and music are based on real life experiences and he says the stories are 100% true, except the parts he makes up!
ern way of life through music, poetry, film, radio and plain old daily living. Having enjoyed the role of Featured Cowboy Singer and co-host of America's favorite trail rid- ing show found on RFD TV, Best Of America By Horseback for the past 17 years, is now enjoying a new role. Del has taken on the show as producer and host in 2021. You will find him on horseback, behind a guitar, a microphone, a computer or a camera with family nearby supporting or working with him. Del speaks at various civil events and equine affairs promoting trails and the equine world. His favorite times of entertaining are with his cow- boy friends, highlighting the western heritage he loves. He gives all the glory to God and much thanks to his wife, Shevawn, along with his children and grandchildren who always renew his strength to move ahead.
GARY S. PRATT Gary S. Pratt is an American rancher, singer, songwriter, musician and actor. In 2002, he entered the studio for the first time with a catalog of original cowboy songs and produced his first commercial album titled The Family Ranch . That same year, he was cast in his first film production as a riding outlaw in Black Marshal: The Hunt for Dozier . Gary continues to peruse his
interests in film, landing a role in 2021 with Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon . Gary has gone on to produce five studio albums and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious Western Heritage Award for Outstanding New Artist by the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Gary continues to run all ranching operations for the Chickasaw Nation in south central Oklahoma.
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