Streamline - Winter 2015 - (Page 39)
BY MICHAEL JOHNSON
IN 2004, Ray Hunt was named "Horseman of the Century." Wonderful honor, but like all of us, Ray had some times in his
past that were not so easy. One always comes to mind...
In 1960, Ray was low on money and
low on hope. He was down to his last
horse and unfortunately, simply could
not tame the horse called Hondo.
Regardless of the horseman's every
effort, Hondo insisted on refusing to
cooperate. In frustration, Ray called on
Tom Dorrance for help. Immediately
after Tom arrived, the two men and one
horse headed to the round pen. "What's
he doing?" asked Dorrance.
"I'll show you," said Hunt.
With that, Ray Hunt mounted Hondo
and in an eye-blink, the man who could
"fix" most any bronc was flying high
in the sky. Hondo wasted no time in
dumping Hunt right in the middle of
the round pen.
Lying on his back, Hunt looked up to
Dorrance sitting on the fence, and said,
"See? That's what he does - and that
ain't the first time. Not by a long shot."
And Tom Dorrance said the strangest
thing. Hold that thought...
Recently, my wife - who is a staunch
believer in the potential of human beings
- was having a conversation with a man
- who is not a believer in the potential of
human beings - and he said, "Kids these
days are not like we were. They don't
care and they don't try. It's like that old
saying," he said. "You can lead a horse
to water, but you can't make him drink."
My wife said, "Especially if the water
As I listened to that conversation, I
realized the exchange was a perfect illustration of two distinct and different people. The man sees the world as a place
where people must be "good enough" to
be allowed in. People must prove they
have legitimacy and credibility. If they
The man is not aware the water he
grudgingly offers to the world is tainted by
lazy bitterness and has become stagnant.
Hers is clean and fresh, and full of hope. He
hates his work. She finds joy in hers.
do not - according to his evaluation - his
responsibility to the world has ended.
After all, what can be done for people
who don't belong in the first place? His
focus is on those who can't - or won't.
The woman's world-view is opposite. While she is not naïve enough to
think all will try, her focus is on those
who will. She stands ever watchful and
ready to help - constantly searching
for those who will - because so much
can be done for them. The man is not
aware the water he grudgingly offers to
the world is tainted by lazy bitterness
and has become stagnant. Hers is clean
and fresh, and full of hope. He hates
his work. She finds joy in hers. And
by the way, she and Tom Dorrance are
If most of us heard the story of Hondo
- about all his wildness, his bucking and
rage (and that even Ray Hunt couldn't
ride him) we might well say, "Well, it's
sad, but the only thing to be done with
this horse is slaughter. He's had so many
chances, yet still has no value. If you
look at his past, obviously he is not going
to make it. The only place he belongs is
on a kill truck." If most of us heard all
that, we would certainly write this horse
off. But Tom Dorrance did not. Instead,
he said the strangest thing...
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Winter 2015
From the President: Performance Evaluation
From the Executive Director: Save the Date!
Professional or Job Holder: Which Will You Be?
Emergencies: Do You Have A Plan?
Finding Your Way
Hearing Protection – Keep Your Employees Safe
Economic Opportunity: USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Rate Setting – It’s Easy?
Throwing My Loop: Fresh Water
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefits Are?
2015-2016 Membership Directory
Board of Directors
VRWA Members Corner
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Winter 2015