Zero Gravity George and Veater Ranch
A letter from Fit Because’s Social Media Producer, Cameron Abdo…
I had the opportunity to visit our co-host, George Veater's ranch in early November. George was raised on the cattle ranch in Coarsegold, California. As the oldest boy of 5 children, George learned the value and necessity of hard work from a young age. He has applied the philosophy of "determine the goal, create your plan, and do the reps" to nearly every aspect of his life. George's tireless drive to "create" led him to expand the family property over the years, allowing for enhanced views, a rodeo arena to practice his bronc riding, ponds, and countless trails for his cattle and horses to wonder and graze.
I spent the first night at the ranch watching George and his team as they practiced saddle bronc riding. During practice I witnessed firsthand, the care and attention to detail it takes to be a bronc rider. Everything from the ritualistic preparation of saddles, cinches, reins and horse flanks, to making sure the horses are managed properly and safely is something not to be taken lightly. Watching a cowboy ride a bucking bronc is unlike anything you will ever witness. The shear power of the horse and the way the rider moves in conjunction to keep himself on the saddle is awe-inspiring to see in real life. Then, like nothing, the rider is either flung from the horse or he jumps onto the horse of his safety rider who's been following close behind. I asked George if he still gets nervous while waiting in the gate on the horse, and he said most definitely. After all these years riding, the adrenaline rush still gets him psyched moments before the gate opens and he and the horse launch into the arena.
The next morning, George's documentary director Meng Lee and I set off in an AWD vehicle and toured the far corners of George's ranch. During this time we came across numerous curious cattle who often came right up to the vehicle hoping to grab a bite of hay. During one point we were coming around a bend and were met face-to-face with some of the grazing horses. Meng explained to me the horses most likely heard our vehicle in the distance and ran to meet us to grab what was left of the hay in the back. Seeing the horses from a distance the night before was a completely different experience than feeding them face-to-face the next morning. They were enormously majestic and docile.
Check out the trailer below for Meng Lee’s documentary about George and Veater Ranch. For more behind the scenes footage of the ranch and saddle bronc riding visit George’s Youtube Channel here.