Sid Gustafson is a novelist, bloodstock agent, and journalist. He practices veterinary medicine in Montana. Dr Gustafson graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to specialize in equine sports medicine. His subsequent concern for the mental and physical health challenges that stabling and confinement created for horses led him to the study and practice of equine behaviour.
His short stories and animal behaviour articles are widely published
Sid writes for the New York Times, represents the health and welfare of racehorses across America, and is the author of HORSES THEY RODE (Riverbend Publishing), High Plains Novel of the Year in 2007. His most recent non-fiction is Horse Behaviour, The Nature of Horses. His debut novel, PRISONERS OF FLIGHT (The Permanent Press), was published in 2003. His latest novel is the widely acclaimed water manifesto SWIFT DAM.
Veterinarian Alphonse Vallerone dreams out this novel of dreamers dreaming. He goes back 50 years to the day after the Flood, when he assisted the surviving Indians. Riding from one devastated ranch to another, he tends to the surviving yet devastated animals and tries to mend the grief wrought by the Flood.
Underpinned by the lingering and harsh reminders of the Blackfeet Nation’s heroic, tragic, and vibrant past, Gustafson’s third novel chronicles the heartrending drama of the Blackfeet people.
Swift Dam celebrates the native land and the Natives who survive as they have survived throughout time, perilously. It is the story of a veterinarian who attempts to sustain and nurture life on the land, his empathy with the living, and his sympathy for the dead and dying.
Horses They Rode1990s
Prisoners of Flight1990s
Awards and Recognition
- High Plains Novel of the Year, 2007