Larry A. Elliott, THE FLYING HORSE WHISPERER!
Larry grew up in Saratoga, something I’ve yet to accomplish! Saratoga has a Blue Ribbon Trout Fishing River, the North Platte flowing smack-dab thru it. Both Larry and I find every opportunity to limber up our fly rods given the influence a place like Saratoga had on us….
After losing his parents in separate accidents, Larry was raised by his aunt & uncle (Allen & Lee Elliott) on The Flying Diamond ranch south of Saratoga.
He graduated from PVHS in 1966, where he was a State Champion wrestler on the acclaimed Panther wrestling squad. Later, Larry attended the University of Wyomingwhere he was a member of the SAE Fraternity and wrestled intramural. Following graduation from UW, he became a United States Marine Corps fighter/attack pilot
. His call sign: “COWBOY!”
On February 13, 1978, Larry joined Frontier Airlines where we were often paired together; first in the Convair 580 flying from Denver to Jackson Hole always detouring over our favorite home-town, Saratoga.
We even flew a former Navy T-28 together once. It was one of the many Davis-Monthan boneyard T-28s I took to Tegucigalpa Honduras. <> FUN STUFF!
May 2023, Cheryl and I spent several days with Larry & Sue at Rancho Elliott in the shadow of Sandia Peak. Watching Larry work, with his yearling stud colt, was pure joy.
I was raised on a Saratoga ranch myself. I was raised old-school bronc busting! Buck ’em into submission! I like Larry’s gentle handling much better. It is truly an art and beautiful to watch.
Larry was able to get an ornery/fiesty colt that started off trying to bite and kick Larry to where that beautiful animal would follow him around the arena like a puppy. Larry would have the colt racing one direction, then, with a head-nod, change direction. A WOW!
Larry’s horses are trained to neck rein where a soft touch with a rein instantly turns the animal. Key word with Larry is “GENTLE” – no spurs needed nor are abusive bridle bits. I’m late learning, but from what I’ve seen my pal, Larry, accomplish, neck reining is the way to go. If I was a barrel-racer, I’d want a Larry Elliott trained horse!
May 23, 2023 The Bull Ring, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the occasion of Larry’s sister Jeanette’s “29th birthday.” L-R: Steve Hamblin – Larry Elliott – Billy & Cheryl Walker – Jeanette Hamblin.
Yup, if you have the opportunity to meet Larry & Sue make an effort to see Larry work a colt, you’ll thank me for the recommendation…