This exhibit features three photographers who devoted their careers to
the documentation of working horse farms, rodeo competitions and
lifestyle that today we simply call “Horse Country.” Together they have
advanced the genre of horse photography from commercial work into the
realm of art and cultural documentation.
Ray Bankston, Don Shugart and John Stryker demonstrate a technical
mastery of the skills necessary to work with horses, but more
importantly they have the ability to capture the spirit and passion of
the horse owner with a click of their shutter. It is little wonder they
have been called to the top horse farms in the country to document
everything from family portraits to national events and Hall of Fame
The University of North Texas Libraries, in the heart of Horse Country,
collects and maintains a large archive of horse and ranching
photography. All the images in the exhibit are drawn from the
significant holdings of the library’s special collections.