Notes from Friends of the Show
Tom and Pat,
Congratulations upon attaining 300,000 miles of viewing America by horseback! We can think of no better way to see this great Country than on the back of its most notable means of transportation and sharing that experience with the Best of America by Horseback family. Even the folks who did not ride shared the love of the outdoors and admiration for the horse; all of the Best of America by Horseback family share these common interests. Thank you for allowing us to share our short lives with the very special experience of riding on your excursions and of the very unique way in which you both weave American history into many rides, thereby honoring the men and women who helped make this Country great. We have always enjoyed your rides and look forward to joining you soon and completing another 300,000 mile mark!
Andy and Debbie Jackson, Lexington, VA
Congratulations to our dear friends, Tom and Pat. We read about the three of you 20 years ago in an article in the Washington Post Newspaper Travel Section You two lived in Syria, Virginia and had a dog named Stupid. We came to Syria to meet the three of you-- Tom, Pat, and Stu. At that time you had a hack line and you guys guided us on our first trail ride. The Friendship began and continues to this day. Tommy and Pat-- congratulations on this historic milestone.
Paul and Mary Jane Taylor, IN
Tom, you and Pat have put together so many beautiful places to ride that I wish I would’ve been on all of them. To be able to reach the 300,000 mile mark is quite an accomplishment. Boabh is just one big family and I hope you’re able to make another 300,000 miles. Congratulations to you and Pat, and thanks for taking all of us along for the ride!!
Paul Fuchs, WV
Tom Seay I am so proud of you on what you and your team has accomplished with Best of America By Horseback! I am so proud to be considered your friend. What an asset you and your team are to the Horse Industry! What is next?
Ernie Rodina, Better Horses Network Inc, KS
I want to thank everyone for helping us celebrate this momentous occasion. 300,000 miles of trails have been ridden all over the United States and many foreign countries, and millions of people have been watching all of you on these journeys!!!
Best of America by Horseback didn't just happen. It was the brainchild of two wonderful people who love people, horses and adventure, and you all know them, Tom and Pat Seay, but they couldn't have made this possible without all of your participation. Tom has guided all of you safely on all these adventures and Pat has filmed all the great rides and produced the favorite trail riding show in the world, Best of America by Horseback! Tom and Pat have helped so many people fulfill their dreams, me included. Their charitable nature is not known by everyone, but most of you know how helpful and kind they are. I want to congratulate Tom, Pat, and all the Best of America riders that have made this wonderful occasion a reality. Thanks to you all.
Wanda Phillips, AL
Congratulations on reaching another magnificent milestone of 300,000 miles, in the journey that is Best of America by Horseback. Gosh, I remember celebrating 100,000 Best of America miles! I am reminded of the saddle time, enduring memories, and the camaraderie over the years I was blessed to travel and work with Tom and Pat Seay. While each location featured has its own unique beauty and amenities, the people, the laughter, the friends made along those miles will last a lifetime. You know you are fortunate when you may knock on the doors of fine folk around this great country, knowing they would set a plate for you at any time. The common theme of this adventurous lot of folks, who sit around campfires, enjoy Tom's entertaining stories, while letting wet saddle blankets dry, sing songs with Del Shields and tell some "tall" tales, IS the horse. Our common love of horses has literally carried us "by Horseback", to this momentous celebration. I am forever grateful for each of those miles in my saddle and wish the Best of America by Horseback family many, many more miles. Until I may join you again . . . happy trails!
Michelle Mayfield Turner, former Marketing/Public Relations Manager, BOABH
Chick and I have ridden with you and cruised with you. Such great hosts! You are such good people and have helped thousands to appreciate all the lovely places to ride with their horses.
Chick and Linda Evans, PA
Howdy Tom and Pat,
Congratulations on reaching this great accomplishment. I know of no one else that has made such an impact on the trail riding world as the BOABH family and friends. That's why I call Tom the US Ambassador to trail riding. Trail riding is the greatest equine sport of all, because once you hit the trail, everyone wins. Seeing the world from the back of a horse or mule just don't get any better. 300,000 trail miles and thousands of new friends along the way, WOW where do you go from here? Thanks for all ya'll have done so far and good luck and wishes on your future trails.
Alfred Tyson, Editor, Carolina Trail Rider Magazine
Dear Tom & Pat,
I heard the amazing news of you traveling 300,000 adventurous miles with BOABH. What an accomplishment that is!! Not many people realize the hard work and dedication it takes to coordinate a trail ride. Scheduling, mapping, meals and accommodations are just a few of the necessities needed. You always offer your help to people, young or old. From hurricanes to children's schools in Belize, and everything in between.
The BOABH show allows people to join you on many adventures and see the beautiful sights of America, even if it is from the comfort of their own living room. I first saw you on the show and thought...someday I will ride with these great people. I have been blessed to do so many, many times.
You open your hearts and home to many riders and treat everyone like family. I feel like a member of your family and would welcome you to sit around my campfire anytime. Thanks for all the great memories and here's hoping to many more!!
P.S. The only problem I have regarding the 300,000 mile achievement is that I am not there to celebrate with you and that I didn't get to join you for each and every mile.
May God Bless You and the trails you ride,
Donna Gladstone, MO
In recognition of my very Dear friends Tom and Pat Seay, I would like to offer a few words of congratulations and honor. My mind is flooded with memories as I write these words, and my heart is proud to be counted amongst the many friends sharing this momentous occasion of the 300,000 miles ridden by The Best of America by Horseback family. While treasuring my own precious memories of riding with Tom and Pat, I know I would not have had these opportunities apart from this gift they gave to me and un-numbered others who have shared in their dreams and adventures.
While it is possible to count the miles ridden on Horseback, there is no way to calculate the blessings given to so many precious people over these miles and years by Tom and Pat Seay. I have witnessed the laughter and tears of them both as they put themselves into the lives of people who needed just what they gave at just that moment in their lives.
While horses are the subject, they most certainly have passed off their focus to the greater good done by these people and their staff. Lives have been touched in ways that are indescribable,and will never be forgotten by those who's trails crossed with them.
Tom and Pat, I love you, and am so proud of you for dreaming your dreams, living your dreams, and sharing your dreams with me and the myriads of other folks who said, "We can't" but you said "yes you can, and we will help you."
Thank you, and God bless You Both. You deserve this celebration.
Your Friend, Del Shields, KS