Tom Seay
Executive Producer, Host, & Trail Master

Tom Seay 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. 

More recently he organized and lead the highly successful trail ride from Mexico to Canada, which lasted over four and a half months. Other rides have included history themes including Old Tombstone, Jesse James Festival, President Reagan's Ranch, Lincoln's Ride to the White House, Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant, Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, and the retracing the history of Jack Jouett Trail Ride. He and Pat are constantly welcoming people to the farm for cattle drives and dinners in their colonial home.

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.
Del Shields
Guest Co-Host, Poet, & Western Singer/Songwriter

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.

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Paul Fuchs
Assistant Trail Master & Guide

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 assistant Trail Master and Guide on most Best of America by Horseback rides.

Paul is a native West Virginian.
Lisa Releford
Office Manager

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 15 years and has the responsibility of managing our reception, mailings, and registering riders for all of rides and 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-- we don't know what we would do without her!
 


Lisa has a degree in Cosmetology and lives in Virginia with her family.
Garry Bass
Photographer

Garry first joined of Best of America by Horseback on a ride event in Kansas and shared his love of photography and horseback riding with us. He has been a professional photographer for over 30 years and specializes in equestrian photography. He and his wife, Gloria, live in Kansas and love trail riding with friend
s, family and the Best of America by Horseback family.

Karen Mattos
Special Events Coordinator

Karen first met Tom Seay and the BOABH family in 2006, and has since been on several rides and cruises. In 2017, she offered to help the team and was asked to help coordinate events like Daniel Boone Days and the Chisholm Trail Ride. Karen also served as Stage Manager for the Christmas Music Show.

Karen worked as Veterinarian Technician for 20 years in both large and small animal clinics. She lives in California with her husband, Jim. The two of them enjoy taking care of their orchard of apricot and avocado trees and making homemade apricot jam (a three generation recipe from Jim's family).  Karen enjoys riding her two quarter horses out on the trail and working cattle.

Our Cast and Crew 

Pat Seay
Producer & Director

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.
Jess Gower
Community Manager

Jess maintains the social media presence for Best of America by Horseback and for Tom and Pat's working cattle ranch, Andora Farm. She is also the newsletter editor, webmaster, and designs much of the digital content you see online for the television show! Before joining the Best of America by Horseback team, she completed her Masters in Education in Guidance and Counseling while working as a special education teacher at an elementary school. She has also worked in the office of a high-performing real estate team in San Antonio. She has been designing and building websites for small businesses as a freelancer since 2017.

Jess enjoys going to see live music and spending time exploring trails with her husband and their two dogs. She currently lives in central Virginia.
Sam Wylie
Event Planning & Trail Leader

Sam connected with Best of America by Horseback during the planning phase of the first Chisholm Trail event in 2019. Sam played an integral role in the planning and successful execution of the five day trail ride across Kansas and quickly proved himself as a solid member of the team. He was named Best of America by Horseback's Cowboy of the Year in 2019. In 2017, he participated in the 150th Anniversary Chisholm Trail Cattle Drive.


A deputy sheriff with the Caldwell Sheriff's Department, Sam is also a writer and devoted family man. He currently resides in Kansas.
Wanda Phillips
Videographer

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.
Matt Gower
Writer & Editor

Matt joined the BOABH family in 2019 after moving to Virginia. Before joining the team, Matt worked in the hospitality industry in Texas for 8 years and is also a veteran of the Army National Guard. He has been working with media for more than 10 years and has brought that experience to the Best of America by Horseback editing crew.  He also holds a drone pilot license with the FAA.

He lives in Virginia with his wife and two dogs.