Patti Hudson grew up riding jumpers at Fort Sam Houston, where the Modern Pentathlon trained. But her family roots were out in west Texas and a few times a year her father would take her there to a friend’s ranch to ride. It fueled a love for cattle, horses and arid, open spaces that eventually led her to eastern Oregon. In mid-70s, she met Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. Getting to know the two men changed more than her approach to horses; it started her writing career.