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One of the most special assignments in my life.
Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 10:07 PM on 05.10.12
->> This week I got back from Montana where I covered one of the most meaningful assignments in my life. I covered the very last horse drive by the Mantle family who supply horses to dude ranches and outfitters throughout the west, including the horses you ride at Yellowstone National Park.
I had previously shot a horse drive by them a year ago, but the Mantles are selling their ranch, getting out of the very demanding and financially risky horse business and moving into cattle. So Reuters sent me back to cover the last drive.
This is not a dude ranch drive where riders drive cattle one way and the next set of tourist drives the cattle back.
This is one of the few real drives of a large herd of horses that are being driven for a purpose. With more and more horse related businesses shutting their doors, these types of drives are becoming a memory. I was fortunate to be part of one of the last out there.
The blog I wrote about it can be found here
http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/05/09/montanas-fading-cowb.../
The big image gallery can be found here.
http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/2012/05/09/last-of-the-cowboys/#a=1
Any constructive feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers,
Jimmy
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Greg Kendall-Ball, Photographer, Assistant
Abilene | TX | USA | Posted: 10:56 PM on 05.10.12
->> Very nicely done, Jim. A special assignment, indeed,
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 11:12 PM on 05.10.12
->> great work Jim.
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 11:14 PM on 05.10.12
->> That was awesome, had no idea that "horse drives" actually still happened, very cool images, well written, and thanks for sharing!
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Matt Cashore, Photographer
South Bend | IN | USA | Posted: 1:45 PM on 05.11.12
->> Very nice. But a more ringing endorsement is that from The Atlantic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/05/the-last-horse-drive/100295/
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Les Stukenberg, Photographer, Photo Editor
Prescott Valley | AZ | USA | Posted: 2:25 PM on 05.11.12
->> Fantastic work Jim..
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Butch Miller, Photographer
Lock Haven | PA | USA | Posted: 2:35 PM on 05.11.12
->> Super work ... very well done ... thanks for sharing a bit of Americana ... even though it is a Swan Song ...
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 2:49 PM on 05.11.12
->> Great work Jim! This looks like it was a fantastic assignment to shoot, and you handled it beautifully.
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Brett Groehler, Photographer
Duluth | MN | USA | Posted: 3:41 PM on 05.11.12
->> Great work. I like how you got the nice overall and the detail shots..many inexperience shooters would have forgotten to do both. I can almost feel the dust mud flying in some of these images...
Well done!
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Mark Kauzlarich, Photo Editor, Student/Intern
Madison | WI | | Posted: 9:10 PM on 05.11.12
->> Fantastic work, and a story after my own heart. I like the off-the-beaten-path photo essays for things that are action-y but not necessarily sports.
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 9:34 PM on 05.12.12
->> Thanks for the feedback. Witnessing the changing west is something I am fortunate to be able to document. It's also great to see this story get some tread and get out there.
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Dennis Montgomery, Photographer, Assistant
Ogden | UT | United States | Posted: 6:40 PM on 05.13.12
->> Terrific work and really nice to see such a great story being told so well. It looks like its getting some well-deserved traction now too. Rob Galbraith had a link to the Atlantic.com website which ran the story with 27 images.

Have to ask: Did you do this on horseback?
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Michael Stevens, Photographer, Assistant
Glendale | AZ | USA | Posted: 10:21 AM on 05.17.12
->> I could see that last silhouette photo hanging on a wall :)
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Greg Bartram, Photographer
Dublin | OH | | Posted: 1:42 PM on 05.17.12
->> Echoing Michael, that silhoutte image is the coolest shot I've seen so far this year...you've made the most of a fantastic opportunity!
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John Meore, Photographer
Tuxedo | NY | United States | Posted: 3:12 PM on 05.17.12
->> Very cool images. Looks like it was a very rewarding assignment!
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