About Richard C. Collins
Richard Collins is an award- winning author, rancher, horseman, conservationist, and scholar who has owned and operated farms and ranches on the borderlands of Southern Arizona since 1983.
He was raised on a farm/ranch near Phoenix, Arizona where he lived and worked until leaving for college. Educated at Arizona State University (BS) and the University of Arizona (MS and PhD), he competed on both rodeo teams winning regional championships. After graduation, he worked as a research biologist for the Centers for Disease Control on rural villages and farms in El Salvador and Guatemala. There he witnessed the environments of poverty, disease, and violence that are the root causes of much of the turmoil on today’s borderlands.
Since the 1980s, he has owned and operated farms and ranches in southern Arizona, including the thirteen-thousand-acre C6 Ranch located in eastern Santa Cruz County where he lives with Diane, his partner of fifty-six years. The Collins family received the 2005 Range Manager of the Year from the Society for Range Management, Arizona Section.
His 2014 book, Riding Behind the Padre: Horseback Views from Both Sides of the Border was a Best Southwest Book of the Year selection by the Pima County Library and Arizona Daily Star; also winner of the best political book of 2015 by the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, as well as the runner-up for the best multicultural book.
Richard C. Collins on Lacey Dun
Richard and Diane Collins with grandson Liam
Richard C. Collins