Review from Rich Huff's "Best of the West"

 Riding Behind The Padre By Richard Collins 

Richard Collins’ book provides timely and important input into the discussion of border issues and the emerging West. Leave it to a Sonoita cowboy to get to the heart of things!

The subject is framed around “cabalgatas,” his retracing with Mexican friends the hundreds of miles of muleback travels of the intrepid 17th Century missionary/explorer Fr. Eusebio Francisco Kino. Through his fascinating narrative Collins provides an accurate perspective and a strong reality check for those who have only flapped right wings or left wings ignoring the bodies in the middle. Kino was most concerned with doing truly useful work for the people he met despite the follies of Catholicism and Crown, a lesson we still could learn and apply if we can manage to turn off the strident media talk voices who are doing us absolutely no favors.

Ernesto Portillo Jr. reviews "Riding Behind the Padre" in the Arizona Daily Star

"From his saddle, Collins, a Sonoita rancher and Arizona native, sees the border region much differently from most Americans, even those living north of the line. Collins sees a rich region and a people who share common geography, history and concerns." Click here to read the full review. 

 

Celebrating National Day of the Cowboy at Borderlands Brewing in Tucson

Yikes, it was hot outside!  But the beer was cool and plentiful and everyone seemed to enjoy spending part of a monsoon Saturday afternoon with Alan Day and me while we spoke about our ranching experiences and sold a few books. 

Julie Waters and Betty Beavers   

Julie Waters and Betty Beavers

 

Steve Plevel, Marty Plevel and Diane Collins

Steve Plevel, Marty Plevel and Diane Collins

Richard Collins and H. Alan Day (back to camera)

Richard Collins and H. Alan Day (back to camera)


Please Don't Militarize the Border

Mr. Wrightson in Arizona

Mr. Wrightson in Arizona

The stacked and shelving clouds parted over Mount Wrightson as I walked to the barn.  Below me to the west, the Sonoita Creek drainage was filled with mists left over from last night’s rain, a scene dim and vague and shifting. The dawn air was crisp with the promise of fall.  The monsoon started promptly on cue—San Juan’s Day, June 24th—and it was still raining now at September’s end.  In the foreground plain, the tawny grasses were bent with heavy dew. Around the barn, the oaks dripped with moisture.  A family of Mexican jays squawked, protesting my intrusion into their leafy space.  I wished I had known their language.  They may not be what we humans call intelligent, but they knew all that they needed to know.  Oscar said jays organized their flocks from close family members, a morsel of natural history I find uplifting.

Mount Wrightson glistened as the rising sun chased the night shadows back into the canyons.  In our westerly, wide open view, not a single man-made structure marred the setting: not house or road, concrete or asphalt, pole line or fence.  As always, this landscape renewed my sense of enlargement; the feeling that life on the borderlands does not have to be cramped and fearful.

Border Patrol along the fence

Border Patrol along the fence

It may come as a surprise to politicians and the Department of homeland Security that there are places and people on the borderlands who do not want or need another nineteen thousand Border Patrol, seven hundred more miles of fence, and around-the-clock snooping in our private lives (numbers from the Immigration Reform Bill).  Let the Department of Homeland Security retrain and reassign the available personnel and assets to make them more effective, but please don’t militarize our homeland any further.

Excerpt from Riding Behind the Padre, page 201.

    



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Enjoy Richard's interview on Big Blend Radio

Richard C. Collins is interviewed by Nancy Reid & Lisa Smith.  Topics covered include Riding Behind the Padre:  Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border (Wheatmark, 2014), the DeAnza Trail, mescal, good horses, long drives and border issues.  Richard's section begins about 15 minutes in and lasts for 45 minutes. 

Sonoita launch for "Riding Behind The Padre"

Riding Behind the Padre:  Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border (Wheatmark, 2014) was introduced to Sonoita friends and family on Sunday, June 22, 2014 at The History Center, Sonoita Fairgrounds.  I took the opportunity to share photos and stories from my four rides that are detailed in the book. 

From right:  José Luis Salgado, Julia Félix de Salgado, Cecilia Sánchez de Ramonet, and Ricardo Ramonet Rascón.  All are members of Por Los Caminos de Kino riders from Hermosillo, Sonora.  José Luis is the leader/organizer of the group.

From right:  José Luis Salgado, Julia Félix de Salgado, Cecilia Sánchez de Ramonet, and Ricardo Ramonet Rascón.  All are members of Por Los Caminos de Kino riders from Hermosillo, Sonora.  José Luis is the leader/organizer of the group.

Richard with Lea Martínez Ward and daughter Anne Ward Bullock.    The book is dedicated to Lea and her husband, the late Oscar Ward.         
  
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Richard signing the book for H. Alan Day, author of  The Horse Lover .     
  
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