2004 Will Rogers Medallion for Outstanding Achievement in the Publishing of Cowboy Poetry
Journeying into ôthe rugged breaks that skirt the eastern rim of the Llano EstacadoùWest Texas ranch country at once attractive and repellent to the uninitiatedöùSteagall and Hagler prove unequivocally that verse and image are kindred spirits. According to B. Byron Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, they have succeeded in unifying poetry and photography, allowing us to ôunderstand and interpret the essence of a solitary land and its proud inhabitants.ö
Born to This Land examines traditions passed from generation to generation and explores the impact of cowboying on those who choose it as a way of life. Drawing us into their rich depiction of ranch life, Steagall and Hagler transcend prevailing convention and ôprowl the remote ranges that lie beyond the deeply rutted main trails, listening for elusive, authentic voices carried on the wind.ö
from ôTo An Old Friendö
For most of an hour we rode at a trot.
We branded and shaped up the steers,
Drank gallons of coffee, ate sourdough bread,
And cowboyed for fifty-one years.
I thoÆt heÆs an old man when I was a kid.
At a time when I needed a friend,
He took me to raise, taught me all that I know,
æBout horses and cattle and men.