Ray Hunt was born August 31, 1929 in Paul Idaho to parents Joel Eugene Hunt and Zua Stella Shangle Hunt. The family moved to Mountain Home, Idaho in 1933. Ray attended Mountain Home schools and worked with his father on the family farm. Ray married Millie Randall in 1948. In 1950 they moved to the Battle Mountain, Nevada area where Ray worked as a cowboy for the T Lazy S ranch. In 1955 the family moved to California. Ray continued working with horses becoming famous the world over for his pioneering methods. Ray married Carolyn Lord in 1980 at Georgetown Lake, Montana. The clinics grew to epic proportions with Ray helping people and horses both domestically and internationally. Ray often earned recognition for his achievements including the Top Hand Award, being inducted in to the California Reined Cow Horse Hall of Fame in 2004 and being named the first Western Horseman of the Year in 2005.
Ray passed away March 12, 2009 in Denton, Texas after a long and courageous battle with COPD. Ray is survived by his wife Carolyn and daughters Geri Van Norman of Tuscarora Nevada, Kathy Hunt of Salinas California, Elaine Black of Homedale Idaho and Julie Ristau of Kodiak Alaska, his sons Joel Hunt of Bruneau Idaho and Preston Lord of Mountain Home Idaho, his sisters, Esther Fisher of Mountain Home, Idaho, Doris Alzola of Boise, Idaho, Karma LeMaster of Oregon and eighteen grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Carolyn Hunt continues her husbands legacy to learn more check out their website. See below.
Quotes by Ray Hunt
“My Legs are as important as my arms and hands,if not more.I have a directing rein and a leg, and a supporting rein and a leg. You always direct, and support.When you go to the left, you look to the left.If your going to the right, you should be looking to the right. We need to understannd how to fix it up. So the horse can come from the other side and do what we are asking him to do. I first direct the horse, then support.”
“Fix it up and let him find it”
“Observe, Remember & Compare”
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