About Bo Rivers

My name is Ritchie White, AKA Shotgun Bo Rivers, I am an author, writer, bull rider, bronc rider, guitar player, poet, and country boy. Besides writing, I also love to hunt and fish.  I grew up in a little town called Danby, VT. At 22 years old, I became a full time Professional Bull rider, and amateur Bareback Bronc rider. I found very much love and passion in the sport of rodeo, where I not only gained respect, but also give it in return to fellow cowboys, and cowgirls on the rodeo circuit. I have also learned to respect and passionately love the animals of the sport of rodeo. Bulls are my favorite, But for being an everyday cowboy, horses have always been my passion, I was once told that I had mustang blood in me, which led to the poem that I wrote Wild Horse’s in my book of poems Pages Full of Memories.

My favorite thing in the world is my passion for the Old West. I have always dreamed of being a gunslinger from the west, riding across the vast open range with only my horse, saddle and a tag along mut as my best friend.

Since I was a small boy, I dreamed of being a cowboy, and living the cowboy way. Growing up I watched, western films and read western fiction books with my grandfather Ken Ford. Grandpa taught me the code of the west, and told me to always live by them. He taught me to  Live each day with courage. Take pride in my work. Always finish what I start. Do what has to be done. Be tough, but fair. When I make a promise, keep it. Ride for the brand.  Talk less and say more. Remember that some things aren’t for sale. and Know where to draw the line. He always told me a good ole country and western song was the only music to listen too, and if I found that special woman in my life to love her strong and never let go. With his advice I have lived every day that I can remember living by the code, and applying it to my writing as well.

Tom Mix, John Wayne, Glen Ford, Clint Eastwood, Elmer Kelton, Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, Max Brand, and many others carried my romanticism of the Old West for many years and still do today. The Freedom of riding across a great divide, or spending a month on a cattle drive with little to eat, bedroll, and a tin cup for coffee, always made my mind wander off into the land of fiction, where I ride in to save the day, and gun down an outlaw before they shoot the town marshal. Currently I am writing a western fiction novel series beginning with Laramie’s Thunder The Collins’ Crew, part one of a four book series.

When I sit down and write I can let go of all the confusion in the world we live in, become my characters , riding the range, and chasing down  some outlaw that just needs to meet his maker for all that he has done, releasing the stress of normal life that comes my way.

I also love to engage in any conversation of the old west, so if you would like to chat about it feel free to contact me it would be an honor to ride along the fence chattin about  the Old West.
My only hopes are to help the western genre come back on top, and when people read my stories, and poems, I want you to enjoy them all, as I have enjoyed writing them, with my grandfather in thought, every moment, wishing I could tell him my story of the Old West, I continue on riding off into the sunset.


If interested in contacting me feel free to email me at borivers@shotgunborivers.com


3 thoughts on “About Bo Rivers

  1. Your journey sounds interesting, Ritchie. Especially as you found the Old West while living in Vermont, about as east as someone can get in the Lower 48.

    Best of luck with your writing, and thank you for your service to your country and to the rest of us.


  2. I look forward to “Laramie’s Thunder”. I have often thought about writing a western from the perspective of the town barber or general store owner rather than the Sherrif’s, or beautiful ranch ranch owners daughter. I would think they see things differently.
    Good luck.

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