A cowboy, horse and stock trailer on the Hitch Ranch in the Oklahoma Panhandle

I would bet that most photographers have a favorite location in which to shoot, a place where great images swarm to your lens like cows to a winter feed truck. Maybe that location has an incredible landscape, unique light or lots of interesting activity. For me, one of those places is the unassuming headquarters of the Hitch Ranch in the Oklahoma Panhandle. There are no majestic mountain ranges or weathered wooden barns. It’s simply a remote, strictly utilitarian yearling operation, but the cowboys are handy and busy at work. I guess it probably also helps that I’ve visited the place five or six times. But my first trip back in 2007 yielded a ton of great photos, and every time I go back it seems like I get another cool shot. I got this photo of Buster Holland on that first visit. I don’t think I’ve ever used it in an article, but it always grabs me, with its late-evening light and a stock trailer, clouds and horse that point your eye back to the Oklahoma cowboy. I’m sure I’ll find another reason to drop by the Hitch in the near future.

The Hitch Ranch was featured in the July 2019 issue of Western Horseman, which features a crew of young, hardworking cowboys not born into ranching but giving it a solid go.

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