White Horse & Ass Productions is a program that sits under the umbrella of Teen Publications, Inc., which is a 501 C 3 non-profit agency where the IRS recognizes donations as a tax write off.
Teen Publications was established in 1992 by Taylor and Patt Rudd and is governed by a five member board of directors. It was started after Taylor and Patt had spent most of their lives in the entertainment business where they had a management company that worked with such artists as Reba McEntire, George Strait, B.J. Thomas, Johnny Lee, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Rosanne Cash and many others. Although a lot of the artists send out good messages, many influence our young people in the wrong way. So in an effort to provide something young people could hang onto and to help parents who were trying to deal with their teens, Taylor and Patt formed Teen Publications, Inc.
Over the years they made a difference in the lives of our young people and helped parents when they were going through difficult times with their teens. They did this with programs such as Free Drug Testing for teens, a work release program for teens who had been incarcerated by the Department of Justice, Juvenile Division. They also took used bikes and refurbished them to be given to the needy at Christmas. They have influenced thousands of teens and parents over the years.
The year 1996 was the start of some very difficult times for Taylor and Patt. That was the year that Patt had a major heart attack that nearly took her life, but thanks to God she pulled through. Then nearly five years later Patt was diagnosed with breast cancer and again it was difficult trying to keep the organization going and dealing with Patt’s disease, but their strong faith got them through it. When 2002 rolled around they experienced one of the worst events they had ever had to deal with – they lost their 33 year old son. Sometimes you wonder how many times you can say God got us through it again, but He did! You also wonder how much you can take, but God does say in His word He will not put more on you than you can handle. In March of 2006 Patt was diagnosed with brain cancer and given only two weeks to live, but God knew if Taylor lost her in just two weeks it would be very damaging to his faith, so Taylor was amazed at how God prepared him for the end. On December 2, 2006, she passed away at home with her husband and God.
Now, Taylor is on a new chapter in his life. Taylor has always been inspired to make a difference in society. He acquired this from the most important person in his life, his mother. He was raised on a small ranch in Texas and a lot of his family were in local politics. He had a great uncle who was a Texas Ranger, who was appointed by the Governor of Texas to be his bodyguard and he even wrote a book about his experiences. So with this said it was natural that Taylor would go down the road he is on now.
A few months after Patt passed away he got a strong feeling that he should acquire a white horse and train him to lie down as humbling before the Lord and do the opening prayer at events. What Taylor hoped to accomplish by offering the prayer in such a dramatic way was to bring more attention to prayer and our God. Being raised as a cowboy, he felt this belonged in rodeos since they are one of the few sports that still have an opening prayer. But to his amazement, he was booked into churches, funerals and—yes—even on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
When he left Washington, D.C. that first year, Taylor got another strong feeling that more had to be done. That is how “Back to Our Roots” was born. We call the show an off Broadway production, but it did not get started in New York City but rather on the road between Washington, D.C. and Lubbock, Texas. Again, Taylor feels it needs to be presented in a dramatic but most of all very entertaining way in order to get the message across.
What we have in this country is fighting, arguing and name-calling, which is getting nothing accomplished, so we have Americans all across this country—Democrats, Republicans and Independents—who realize something has to be done. “Back to Our Roots” has set out to inspire America to rally around our leaders, to come together as one to make and keep this the great country it is! The young actors and actresses who perform in the production come from the local high schools and churches in each city where we put on the show. This is to encourage them to pursue a career in politics or the arts. Hopefully we will encourage young people to do the right thing – just because it is the right thing to do.