Production Coordinator & Marketing
April 13, 1942 - March 12, 2014 Trail Boss
Poet & Western Singer / Songwriter
Tom has had horses since he was 5 years old. He traveled America, taking people on overnight horseback vacations for nineteen years as a professional horseback outfitter. His largest accomplishment, as an outfitter, was organizing and leading “The American Transcontinental Trail Ride” in 1995. Pursuing a longtime dream, and after a year of logistical planning, Tom successfully lead a group of horseback riders and wagons from Savannah, Georgia, on the Atlantic Ocean, to San Diego, California on the Pacific Ocean, every step of the way on horseback, over 3,000 miles. The trip took four and a half months. Tom was hosted by 83 towns with 256 riders participating on parts of the trip, including Mayors, Chiefs of Police and the Texas Rangers. Former President Jimmy Carter taught the group Sunday School, as the trail ride passed through Plains, Georgia.
One of Tom’s past careers included owning three cable television stations during the infancy of the cable industry. He hosted, directed and produced television programs for twelve years, specializing in outdoor sports programs. His experience in television and his love for traveling with horses and trail riding all over the country lead to his current television series Best of America by Horseback.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Richmond. Besides producing the Best of America by Horseback television series, Tom is a full time farmer in Virginia. His genuine "down home" farm boy personality and great sense of humor makes you feel like you’ve known him for years.
When you talk to Kristen you get a sense of her love for horses, farming/ranching and riding. She started as most young people who were not lucky enough to have a horse by constantly begging her parents for a horse or, at the very least, riding lessons. She has always wanted to experience life by horseback and always wanted to farm/ranch. Kristen graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Biology. She is a certified equine and canine massage therapist. Back in high school, Kristen would help out her family, Tom and Pat Seay (who she calls her Uncle and Aunt) at Andora Farm for horse camps and team penning. She also volunteered at her local therapeutic riding program. While in college, she was a trail guide and managed a trail riding barn on the beach. Kristen also has managed a watersports business as well as a manager in retail. Kristen often jokes that her heaven would be a ranch on the beach.
In addition to co-hosting the television show, she assists in finding new locations for new shows and helps locations on events and schedules for Best of America by Horseback rides. She manages the website and brings her love and excitement for horses and trail riding to our Facebook page. Kristen expands that enthusiasm to our monthly newsletter, in which she is the Editor in Chief.
Pat helped manage two horseback vacation businesses with husband, Tom. She traveled the country with him, taking guests on overnight horseback vacations for nineteen years. She helped him organize and coordinate “The American Transcontinental Trail Ride” in 1995, the ride that inspired their current television series, Best of America by Horseback.
Pat is a graduate of Old Dominion University. She developed many of her skills working on several major motion pictures in production coordination and media exposure.
She was the Production Manager for a cable television station in Virginia for 11 years, overseeing every aspect of daily television production. Pat’s passion is producing outdoor sports programs, such as fishing, hunting, skiing, boating, flying and horseback riding. She has produced segments for television all over the United States, Canada, and locations outside of the U.S. including England, Scotland, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Pat’s attention to detail is evident in the production of the Best of America by Horseback series. She makes sure each episode is informative, educational, scenic, and is appealing to a broad audience. If viewers do not have horses, her goal is to still have them enjoy the beautiful scenery, wildlife and interesting information she tries to include in every show.
Talk to anyone who has ever heard Del sing or speak in rhyme the poetry he writes and they will tell you, “he’s been there.” Upon hearing him yourself, you realize the Cowboy breed is still alive and well. Del has been referred to by some as “the cowboy with the velvet voice.”
This cowboy's singing and poetry career is full speed ahead. Del appears on many Best of America by Horseback episodes performing his original cowboy music. His motto is, “come as you are, prepare to go away a little bit western.” Audiences everywhere will attest to this matter, having left Del's performance feel as if they had heard the bawling of the cattle and seeing amber setting of the sun themselves.
With years of rodeo bareback riding experience Del is able to sing the ballads of the rodeo life with true emotion. He has years of horse training experience under his hat, and is a farrier by trade. Ranching is branded into his heart and soul, and spills out through his music and poetry. Del performs in person on many of our ride events.
Wanda and her late husband, Mike, have become some of Tom and Pat's closest friends. Both of them have been a huge help both on location and en route. Wanda and her husband Mike were both integral parts of the Mexico to Canada ride in 2009. Wanda has traveled with Tom and Pat to the Yukon, Belize, the Caribbean and on all show productions across America.
Wanda has had a passion for videography and had the opportunity to turn her hobby into a job with Best of America by Horseback. Wanda helps Pat film the rides and events at the different locations. She is always ready to go film. Wanda's sweet nature and southern accent makes her a great addition to the Best of America by Horseback Crew. She really enjoys fishing and of course trail riding.
Paul is a longtime member of the Best of America by Horseback Family. He has been on many television episodes including being featured in the historic Knight of the Golden Horseshoe Ride, the historic colonial recreation of the Jack Jouett. He has entertained many people with his beloved mules pulling stagecoaches and wagons.
He is assisnt Trail Master and Guide on most Best of America by Horseback Rides. Native of West Virginia, he and his wife Jane are an intracet part of the Best of America Family.
When calling Best of America by Horseback, you’ll most likely hear the kind and gentle voice of Lisa. Lisa has been with us for many years and has the responsibility of managing our reception, mailings and registering the riders for our Grand Tour events. In addition, she assists with the organization, production and shipment for orders placed on our online store. Lisa is an integral part of the coordination and organization of the day to day tasks.
Lisa has a degree in Cosmetology and lives in Locus Grove, VA with her family.
Joining the team in 2017, Kaylie brings an enthusiasm and dedication to our company. She grew up in nearby Madison County, VA and an interst in horses and helping others. She is currently working on her Nursing Degree.
Kaylie has become an integral part of Best of America by Horseback with assisting with general office duties for the staff as well as working on adding locations to the website.