The Andrew Coates clinics, March 30, 31, April 1 were fabulous! Andrew is a true clinician and adjusted his instruction to each individual horse and rider. His kind and positive comments as well as gentle but firm hands with the horses were a huge hit. Riding in front of him during the Show Clinic were Anna Anderson, Anne Coote, Barb Eccott, Barb Westbrook, Blaine Davies, Holly Jones, Jackie Botello, Merrick Veit, Michelle Beaunaux, Paige Scholin and Suzy Epler. The Training Clinic was enjoyed by Dick Levy, Dusty Whitford, Jody Cada and Nina Lundgren.
It’s been a whirlwind of activity before, during and after the big spring kickoff NCHA show held at Bonina on March 9-11. Here’s a little event wrap up from Nina, who was so grateful for all of the trainers who came to compete in the Colt To Cow Connection, cutters and the donors and bidders in the Cindy Severe Benefit Auction.
Very fun show, great runs – wonderful folks! Judged by Les Timmons of Canada.
Weekend Highlighted by the Colt To Cow Connection and prime rib dinner at the finals!
The C2C simply fascinated anyone interested in watching how different trainers accomplished things with their colts. Since they were young, the unpredictableness kept us glooed! The colts all had a start by the same trainer, Blaine Davies, so it equalized the opportunity for contestants.
Halahs Hero leaped and bucked with glee when he started after a cow. The trainer, Jeff Bailey, Kennewick, WA did not get after him, just quietly kept working, not punishing him for liking his new job.
BNL Xerxes started pretty quiet and by the finals was tracking a cow around, turning, circling, stopping without Shane Carlon, Whitt, Texas, even picking up his reins.
It was fascinating to watch Diehl Hiner, Walla Walla, WA, put a handle on Little Magic Cat sold in the Benefit Auction for Cindy Severe. Very pretty, this filly willingly learned to bend and move her front end and was eager to work a cow.
PRF Talent In Metal started with the prettiest, most natural stop in the arena. Dusty Whitford, Ferndale, WA, was pleased with his progress picking up and moving his front end.
BNL Tap A Blu Toon was fast, reactive and not always receptive at the beginning. Johnny Hammock, Chiloquin, OR, totally comfortable on her, talked her into going along with his program. She finished strong marking a 75 and earning Johnny the Reserve Championship!
BNL Uranium was rejected by the trainers present at the draw, but taken by Travis Rempel from Abbotsford, BC Canada who arrived late and didn’t see her rough preview. She started out wild, frightened and resistant. Travis used every minute of the 25 minutes allotted for that Go-Round, marking a 75 on Round 1! Next day, that filly started where they left off, continued to progress and marked a 77! In the finals, Travis turned up the showmanship and marked another 77 and took home the Championship buckle!
Very exciting to see the enormous progress made on these colts in 3 days!
The Cindy Severe Benefit auction was a tremendous success.
The beauty of this offering was that the items were in demand by cutters and horsemen! Sold was a cutting practice in Ukiah, OR, a breeding to Highbrow Tuesday, Equine AI service, Noble saddle rack, one month training by Diehl Hiner and Dusty Whitford, carved horse pendant, two colts and more. Josh Dykes, Nine Mile Ranch called the sale.
Check out the full schedule of weekend events here: Bonina Events March 9-11 We’ve got two NCHA cutting shows, the Colt to Cow Connection trainer event as well as the Cindy Severe Benefit Auction. Thank you to event sponsors and for all those folks who have come to compete, watch, and be a part of the spring kickoff to what promises to be a great 2018 in the show pen and beyond. ~BNL
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Meet Blaine Davies, the newest addition to the Bonina Colt Training Program. He is exceptional! He has very soft mannerisms, kind hands, and takes time for colts to hook up. He’s a bareback bronc rider in his other life, so he is fit and can ride a tough one!
He is doing a fantastic job with our colts and has mentioned that they already have such great faces, thanks to all the ground work that we have put into them at the outset of their training program.
Along with his work at Bonina, he will be riding outside colts as well. He rides soft, has light hands and excellent balance. Plus, he knows how to get around colts – gaining their respect without fear. If you have a colt to ride or would like to watch him work, just give us a call or contact us online!
We are so pleased to welcome Blaine to the program and are really looking forward to his work with this year’s colt training crop!
Happy Independence Day, friends! We are ringing in this 4th of July with a product testimonial for FREEDOM – our mares & foals supplement. Besides being a quality supplement, this product is also easy to feed and can be shipped anywhere from our online store, just like this customer does from Tennessee. Win-win-win!
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In a cooperative agreement with Cascade Cow Cutters, Washington Cutting Horse Association and Bonina, a saddle was given to the rider in the $15,000 Amateur who had the 6 highest points from the 22 shows offered by the 3 producers . The Champion was Kim Burke, shown with her horse, Rip Rap Cat and her trainer, Jason Schaper. Also pictured, Holly Jones representing Cascade Cow Cutters and Bob & I representing Bonina.
After hosting last weekend’s NCHA/WCHA Cutting Show, it is with great pleasure to share with you this feedback from the Washington NCHA Director. We hope to continue to see you at the Bonina Event Center for more quality cutting shows!
I would like to personally THANK Nina and Bob Lundgren for the first class show this last weekend!
As being a show producer and not an affiliate, they have made every effort to make cutting in Washington a successful event for all whenever their facility is used. Last weekend, without exception, was the same. After commitment to producing a show, which was co-approved by Washington Cutting Horse Association, many hours, hard work and money went into making a show flow smoothly.
Being true leaders, Bonina stepped up to the plate with honesty, integrity, and commitment to provide all attending a first-class show. Going beyond what was expected and providing anything anyone needed – even at their own expense.
Heading into NCHA Days with Madras, Oregon being our Area 1 show, I believe we should all try to follow the example which Bonina has displayed, even in the face of diversity. Thank you again Bob and Nina for showing all of us true leadership!
Hope to see you all in Madras and Ft. Worth. Until then, keep cutting!
De Leigh, NCHA Washington Director
Remember our trip to the sale in Billings last winter? We just received this great testimonial about BNL Brunetta – it’s hard to tell who likes her more, mother or daughter!
I purchased BNL Brunetta in Billings and you seemed like the kind of person who really cares about your horses so I thought I would let you know how she is doing. She has settled in and is doing great as our ranch horse. My three year old daughter loves “Netta” and I think Brunetta enjoys the snuggles, too! She is exactly what I was looking for – I love her! Thank you for offering such a wonderful mare. I will never be parting with her. We just spent the last four days branding and sorting calves and she was awesome! Thanks again and keep up the great work. 🙂
While at the Cascade Cow Cutters show last weekend, Nikki presented Holly & I with a “Happy Mother’s Day” cake to her “cutting moms”! The picture includes Mary Waller on the left and Bonnie Ehrenberg on the right.