Collection consists of works by the professional photographer Don Shugart. Materials reflect Shugart's 26-years as primary photographer for National Cutting Horse Association events including the Futurity, Triple Crown, Eastern Nationals and World Finals. In addition, Shugart shot horse and livestock photographs at Fort Worth Stock Shows, the Houston Livestock Show, the State Fair of Texas and at American Paint Horse Association championship shows. Derby, Jax and Super Stakes are some of the other events included in this collection.
Don Shugart was 40 when he started taking horse photographs for his daughter, who was in 4-H. He eventually upgraded to a better camera, began shooting horse shows and made what are referred to as "ranch calls." The "ranch call" work involves visiting a client's ranch to take photographs on site. Although he has retired from some events, his work continues to be in demand since he is highly regarded in the horse photography field. This is partially due to his unique method of removing cast shadows from underneath of the horse by using outdoor flash photography and positioning the camera closer to the ground. Shugart's work has also been featured in many equine publications and he taught a class on horse photography during the 1980s in Grapevine, Texas.
The collection is composed primarily of medium format photo negatives. When photo prints or different sized negatives are included it has been noted in the detailed description. Other information such as the names of horses and the dates have been recorded as it is available. The final year for the negatives in this collection is 2001 since the Shugart's business went to the digital format afterward.
Don and his wife, Jan, ran their film photography business for over 25 years. Photo subjects include individuals, cattle, horses, publicity photos and action shots from horse events.