We are proud to announce that our daughter, Tiffany, has earned her Certification as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist. She will be traveling with us this summer. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tiffany at (806)773-0509 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Buster & Sheryl McLaury
Buster and Sheryl both come from ranching backgrounds. Both their fathers worked on and managed ranches while they were growing up. At an early age, they experienced the dust, heat, and long days in the saddle during roundups.
Their views on horsemanship changed dramatically in 1984 when the couple met Ray and Carolyn Hunt. They quickly became friends and learned that two of Ray's passions were horses and home made ice cream.
For the next dozen years, they continued working on and managing ranches. In the fall of '95, they moved to Benjamin, Texas, and Buster started day working on area ranches and riding horses for the public.
Soon, first one person and then another began asking for some help with their horses. Then the Moorhouse and Pitchfork Ranches asked Buster to come and help their crews start their colts. Sheryl encouraged Buster to start helping more people, and, as a result, they conducted their first clinics for the public in 1996.
A product of the big ranch country in West Texas, Buster McLaury brings a unique perspective into his clinics and demos. Having made his living cowboying on and managing big outfits all his life, he has worked thousands of horses and hundreds of thousands of cattle. Over 40 years around livestock has provided him with a wealth of information, experience, and stories which he readily shares with others.
Buster says, "When I was a kid, I noticed early on that the men ridin' them good horses got to work those roundups, drag calves when we branded, etc. That's what I wanted to do, so I kept my ears pointed whenever one of those good hands talked about stock."
"I never rode any show horses, and I never had any time to teach one any tricks. My horses and I always had a job to do, and I've spent my life trying to learn the easiest way for me and my horses to get that job done. To that end, I've learned lots of little things that could benefit a novice trail rider, a cutting horse trainer, or cowpuncher trying to get his horses a little handier. Basically, we all need for our horses to do the same things: stand still, go, stop, turn and back up. I believe that is the foundation for any discipline. Unless and until the true understanding of that foundation is understood by both the horse and human, the potential and probability for conflict exists. "
"Once the foundation is there, we can refine it in any direction we choose — reining, dressage, cutting, barrel racing, or simply an enjoyable conflict-free trail ride."
Buster's mentors in horsemanship include his father, Royce, his grandfather, Seth Woods, Keith Slover, Freddy Prather, Buster Welch, and Ray Hunt. He laughs when he says, "Before Sheryl and I met Ray and Carolyn about 25 years ago, I thought I was a pretty good hand with a horse, and I guess I was getting along all right. But Ray could get horses to do things I didn't even know horses could do!"
"My daddy, both my granddads, and at least one of my great granddads were cowboys. Horses have helped make a living for our family for well over a hundred years. Now it seems, the Lord has given me the opportunity to give something back to the horse. I consider that quite a responsibility."
As a testament to Buster's communications skills, he has written numerous articles over the last 20 years for magazines such as Western Horseman, Horse and Rider, The Cattleman, Cowboy, and the Quarter Horse Journal. He did most of the photography for these articles himself. He also partnered with David Stoecklein in his coffee table books The Western Horse and The Texas Cowboys.
In 2001, Buster was recruited to become a member of Purina Mills' Influentials Team, a select group of professional horsemen from different disciplines who represent Purina Mills at equine events across the United States. He is still an active member of the Team today.
Sheryl says she learned responsibility by having chores to do and animals to take care of. She says, "When you actually see that the horses were or were not fed, or that the cow was or wasn't milked and the calf turned in to suck, you realize that your actions have consequences — either good or bad. You realize that the horses and the cattle are depending on you. Those are lessons that last a lifetime."
As a kid, she endured a lot of teasing from the cowboys with whom she worked. Being a girl, she felt she always had to work a little harder to prove herself. By showing her determination, though, there was always someone willing to help her learn more about horses and cattle.
One day, her dad let her ride a bronc he'd just started. "He'd only been ridden 2 or 3 times," says Sheryl, "and I was plenty nervous, but I was determined not to let it show. I climbed right up there, and he coached me. I got along good with him. He only bucked me off once. His name was Lightning."
Sheryl began to show her horses in 4-H in reining and western pleasure. She made the district show in both events. During her senior year in high-school, she was elected 4-H Rodeo Queen.
She says she now realizes that her morals and values —her foundation— was formed by the influences of the good people she's been around. In listing her mentors, she includes her parents, Freddy and Delcie Prather, Don and Debbie Grillo, Jeff and Peggy Davis, Ray and Carolyn Hunt, Tom Blasingame,a nd Tom Moorhouse.
Sheryl is an excellent cowboy poet and has been invited to recite her poetry at gatherings in Elko, Nevada, Alpine and Lubbock, Texas, Ruidosa, New Mexico, Prescott, Arizona, Denver and Durango, Colorado, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Los Angeles, California, and Bedford, England. She's also had some of her poetry published in Western Horseman Magazine.
Sheryl is also an excellent cook. She's had a lot of practice feeding lots of hungry cowpunchers on various ranches in West Texas. She's won numerous awards cooking in Dutch ovens and chuck wagon cooking contests.
Her family agrees that she is an outstanding wife and mother. Her selfless dedication and commitment to her family is to be admired.
These qualities all come out as she helps people with their horses. She helps them not only understand the mechanics of riding, but to realize that the morse you give of yourself, the more you'll get back.
Buster met Sheryl at a dance in Paducha. He was working for the 6666 Ranch, and she lived on the Heatley Ranch, north of town, where her father was the foreman. Both coming from ranching and horse backgrounds, they hit it off immediately and have been married over thirty years.
Buster says, "I drug Sheryl and these girls to some pretty remote cow outfits with some less than desirable housing, and Sheryl's made a home out of every one of them. She's good help at a cow workin', calvin' heifers, startin' a colt, or feedin' a crew of hungry cowpunchers. She's learned to 'hang and rattle,' and there ain't no job I'd be afraid to tackle with her helpin' me."
They have two daughters, Tiffany, of Louann, Arkansas, and Misty, of Alpine, Texas. Tiffany has a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, and Misty has a Master's Degree in History. Being ranch raised, both are pretty handy a-horseback, in the branding pen, or in the kitchen.
Buster and Sheryl now live on their own place just west of Paducah, Texas. They spend each year traveling the U.S. conducting colt starting, horsemanship, ranch roping, and cow working clinics.
For more information on their clinics or to contact them personally they can be reached at Box 105, Paducah, Texas 79248 or 806-492-2711.