Buddy was born in Buck Lake Alberta in an environment in the hard economic times during the ’30s. Working long days wasn’t a choice of “want to”, or “don’t want to”, you “had to”!
Since then the cowboy habitat has gone from 20 acres per horse to 20 horses per acre. Buddy says, “I’d like to keep the 20 acres per horse in my poems and songs”.
Buddy was 12 years old when he and a pal jumped a freight car out of Winfield Alberta, riding through Lacombe and Calgary to the famous ranches of southern Alberta. Buddy would recall those Cowboy days many years later in poems. On one of his last days of his Cowboy career, Buddy scored a 90 point ride when icy water splashed the belly of his horse.
In 1948 he took to trucking, later logging, and then pipelining, but he never forgot the details of life as a Cowboy, and in fact, remained a keen observer of the Cowboy lifestyle.
Buddy wrote his first poems nearly 20 years ago after reading stories and reviews on Cowboy Poetry. More than 100 of his 600 plus poems have been put to music by thirty artists who recognize that their authenticity and accuracy are critical in preserving the Cowboy and the Cowboy Way.
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