Sponsored by James Wezelman and Denise Grusin
Will Grant was born and raised outside Denver, Colo. After college, he worked as a cowboy and a horse trainer in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas, where he apprenticed under the legendary horseman Jack Brainard. In 2008, he pivoted to a career in journalism. His writing has appeared in Outside magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal and regional publications throughout the West. His efforts to combine horses and storytelling have included a 600-mile horse race across Mongolia, an expedition to find gold in Arizona and two trips to Kyrgyzstan to play the most dangerous horseback game on the planet, called kok boru. "The Last Ride of the Pony Express" is his first book. Will currently lives in Santa Fe, N.M. with his partner, Claire Antoszewski, two dogs, three chickens and five horses.