Riding for Jared

By Jessica Crabtree

On July 5, 2013, a tragedy occurred. It would mark a day that will forever be etched in the memories of so many. On that day the
world lost a caring, kind and optimistic young boy who wanted to be a cowboy. Eleven-year-old Jared Macias was killed
when a truck struck him, his horse and a friend while riding down McFall road near Iowa Park. The incident left Jared’s friend severely
injured and the horse, Amarillo, dead. Only yards from the family’s home in Kamay, Texas, the Macias family was left with
few answers, much heartache and the task of carrying on. Jared emulated the lifestyle of a cowboy. His father, Les, was born in Hobbs, N.M., and
raised on the Troy Ford ranch, a former champion calf roper. Les moved to North Texas with his family at a young age. He grew up
in a rural setting riding bulls and later served in the army. After the army, Les worked for various ranches in North Texas. Jared, as well, was
raised in a rural setting learning to ride at the age of three. To read more pick up the October 2015 issue of NTFR.