Born on a ranch in Texas, Randy Steffen grew up around horses, which set the stage for his becoming a western artist, writer and researcher.
He graduated high school in 1935, receiving an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. While attending Stanton Preparatory Academy, a prerequisite for West Point, he waited tables and gave riding lessons. Soon after starting at West Point he traded places with another cadet and transferred to the Naval Academy, graduating as an ensign in 1940. He was then deployed to Europe during WWII.
After the war, Steffen worked in civil engineering for a short period of time, and soon leased a ranch in Nevada, where he got involved in the traini
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