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Bonina’s Colt To Cow Connection Event appears in QHN

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Thanks to @Darwin Crenshaw for this little note regarding Bonina’s Quarter Horse News article on the Colt-To-Cow Connection. We like to think that Chapter 1; Verse 1 of the Bonina Bible says, “Thou shalt have fun cutting.”

Darwin writes: “It seems Bonina is creating an awesome habit – regularly appearing in the Quarter Horse News. Love it. Sounds like you have created a fun event once again. You understand that you are in the “fun” business – this separates you from other trainers. Everyone wants to win, operate in the black, etc. and not everyone can, BUT, that does not mean that they can not enjoy why they came to your venue in the first place: to have FUN. Bottom line they/we want to get enjoyment from this sport. Great, great job. Please continue to be you and the cutting horse world will continue to do well.”

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Rempel Wins 2-Year-Old Training Competition


Bonina’s Bob Lundgren featured in Agri-Times NW

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Faces of Agriculture: Bob Lundgren

AGRI-TIMES NW is honored to feature Bob Lundgren in our Faces of Agriculture series. Lundgren is a renowned cattleman and feedlot operator that has made a significant impact in livestock agriculture in the PNW. He has had an interesting life journey.

Lundgren was raised in LaMar, Colorado on a ranch. During WW ll the government purchased the ranch to establish a Japanese relocation center. It was the home to 7800 Japanese during the war. His father, a WW l veteran, re-enlisted in the service and was the farm manager. Lundgren grew up playing with Japanese kids who became good friends. He remembers the kids giving him his first bike, a 20” bicycle. He also had Japanese baby sitters.

After the war, the Lundgren family purchased a 10,000 acre cattle ranch in Ridgeway, Colorado. Lundgren was an entrepreneur at a young age and the stage was set for his eventual career. Every Wednesday, he would skip high school to attend the local livestock sale. He would buy hogs and cattle to trade. He needed an excuse to get back into school, so the principal (who liked Bob) would write the excuse and ask, “Bob, did you make any money yesterday at the sale?” Lundgren later attended Colorado State University majoring in veterinary medicine. He was also on the CSU wrestling team in the 130 pound bracket.

“I had strong hands that gave me an advantage in wrestling matches. The strength had come from milking cows and pruning orchards.”

His first job after graduation was at a small animal clinic near Denver where he worked for a short period. His first ranch consulting job was for movie star Greer Garson’s Forked Lightning Ranch in Pegos, NM. She was having problems breeding her Santa Gertrudis cattle and he spent a couple months helping her solve the problem.

The next career stop was at the Twin Falls Veterinary Hospital. Lundgren was part of their four person staff for three years. A classmate of his worked at the clinic also. The hours were long, and they only got every other night off. They had a radio dispatcher who send the vet’s across the region every day. When they returned to the clinic in late afternoon or evening, they began work on the small animals. He was the consulting vet and trimmed dogs for the prostitutes from Burley Falls. When they picked up their dogs they remarked, “Bob, when are we going to get some of our money back?”

Simplot Livestock offered Lundgren a job in Caldwell, Idaho in 1963, as they operated four feedlots–Caldwell, Grandview, Burley and Blackfoot. “They hired me in-part to vaccinate their 1250 head sow herd. The sows had to be vaccinated for cholera, and a vet had to vaccinate them,” remarked Lundgren. Jack Simplot had a horse stable also. Simplot was running 25,000 ewes in Nevada and sent Lundgren there to research their breeding problems. After setting up a lab on sight, Lundgren determined the problem was Ram Epididymitis, which is costly to a sheep producer’s reproductive program. The state veterinarians did not agree with his diagnosis, so Lundgren castrated a couple of diseased rams to provide the tissue samples needed to prove his point. After three years of working at Simplot, Lunsdgren operated an independent veterinary clinic in Caldwell. He was preg testing over 25,000 cows annually.

“I am in love with cattle ranching,”

remarked Lundgren. Garvey Ranch Management recognized this and hired Lundgren to manage the Nevada Garvey Ranch near Paradise Valley, NV. The two million acre ranch grazed 15,000 cows. The outlaw, Claude Dallas, worked on the ranch for a short time. While in Nevada, Lundgren was at the chute culling cows in Nevada with Tom McKay, cattle buyer for McGregor. McKay kept commenting negatively on the quality of the cows, and Lundgren, who had heard enough, jumped over the fence and confronted McKay. John McGregor happened to be on sight and watched the confrontation. McGregor later asked Bob and his wife out to dinner, in Winnemucca, and offered him a job at Pasco, to operate his feedlot. Lundgren and wife took a trip to Pasco, but she did not want to live there. A year later in 1972, they moved to Walla Walla where he took the position of General Manager at McGregor Feedlot.

When asked about his acquaintance with Baxter Black, Lundgren recalled that Black was a veterinarian for Simplot and would often stop by his home in Caldwell to party. Lundgren later was President of the Washington Cattle Feeders Association and asked Black if he would provide the evening entertainment. When Lundgren offered to settle up for his services, Black said. “I don’t know what to charge for my services. I haven’t done this before.” Lundgren gave him $100 and the rest of his success story is history.

Several years later, the McGregor family made a business decision to sell the entire inventory of cattle in the lot, 45,000 head, to Mike Sorey, a Colorado cattleman. At that time, it is was reported to be the largest cattle transaction in history. Lundgren then leased the feedlot in partnership with Bill Nichols, operating as L & N Feeders. John McGregor helped by guaranteeing the $8 million Sea First line of credit for a fee.

In 1980, McGregor decided to sell the feedlot to Lundgren, with the stipulation that within three years he could buy back half interest in the lot. Later, McGregor took the option to purchase the half interest, which they then named L & M Feeders. Eventually, Lundgren again purchased back John McGregor’s interest in the feedlot remaining it Lundgren, Inc.

In 1990, Lundgren met with Jack Simplot in Boise, over dinner, to discuss selling the feedlot to Simplot. The staff at the Simplot headquarters did not want to buy another feedlot, but Jack was very interested. A price was agreed upon, but contingent upon an environmental impact study. Simplot later backed out of the sale because of the report. Two years later in 1992, Simplot came back to Lundgren wanting to purchase the feedlot. Lundgren and his sons, Mike and Doug, sold the feedlot, lock, stock and barrel to Simplot.

Lundgren and his wife Nina have a beautiful home overlooking their irrigated farm and indoor horse arena near Eltopia. Bob and Nina’s hobby and passion is cutting horse competition. He first purchased his first cutting horse in 1997. They also operate a 2300 head cattle growing operation at their home place. The Washington Cattlemen’s Bull Sale is held annually at their facility.

Lundgren has had a long, successful career in a wide variety of agricultural pursuits. AGRITIMES NW sincerely enjoyed the privilege of sitting down with Lundgren and learning of his many accomplishments. AGRITIMES NW would like to thank him for his time and allowing us to share his journey with our readers.

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A fabulous Andrew Coates clinic!

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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.

Spring Show & Colt 2 Cow Connection Event a Success!

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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.

General Comments:

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.

Big Bonina Weekend!

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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

Download the pocket schedule here:

Bonina Events March 9-11

2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestants Announced!

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Our 2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. Select colts will be offered for sale after contest completion during the Cindy Severe Benefit Auction.


Meet the 2018 Colt to Cow Connection Contestants…


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Diehl Hiner of Hiner Performance Horses – Walla Walla, WA

Pictured riding “Miss Stylish Rey” owned by Don & Pat Noble at the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Spring Aged Event.

Dusty Whitford of Whitford Colt Company – Ferndale, WA

Pictured working the flag on a nice 2 year old prospect.

Jeff Bailey of Bailey Cow Horses, Home of Starlights Smartchic – Kennewick, WA

Pictured with “Starlights Smartchic”

Johnny Hammack of Bourdet Ranch, Home of Meradas Cookin Now – Chiloquin, OR

Pictured riding a “Metalic Cat” gelding; first loop at first branding.

  Shane Carlon of Carlon Performance Horses – Whitt, TX

Pictured riding “WRJ Time After Time” at Bluebonnet Stakes Derby Finals in Brenham, TX.

Travis Rempel of TR Performance Horses – Fort Langley, BC Canada

Pictured riding “This Cats Max” owned by Doug and Angie Weins at Silver Slate in AB.

 

Meet Diehl Hiner – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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Our 2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. Select colts will be offered for sale after contest completion during the Cindy Severe Benefit Auction.


2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant…


Name: Diehl Hiner, 40

Location: Walla Walla, Washington

Currently Training At: Hiner Performance Horses

NCHA Lifetime Earnings: $509,889.61

# Years Training Horses to Work Cattle: 16

Background: Grew up farming, ranching, and cutting. He also rodeoed in the bulldogging, calf roping and team roping before becoming a full time cutting horse trainer.

First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “The horse has to be broke before they go to a cow. They need to be comfortable with stopping and turning over their hocks before even going to that cow.”

Influences: “I’ve learned bits and pieces from every one of the people I have competed with. The best advice I have ever gotten about horse training is that you better teach way more than you reprimand. The only way to someday become a horseman is to make every mistake in the book and learn from those mistakes.”

Expectations for the 2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection event: “My goal is to further familiarize novice cutting enthusiasts with the initiation of the cutting horse training process. Nina works so hard to promote the sport and I’m just happy to have the chance to give a hand.”

Photo: Diehl Hiner riding “Miss Stylish Rey” owned by Don & Pat Noble at the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Spring Aged Event.

Link to learn more about Hiner Performance Horses: https://www.facebook.com/HinerPerformanceHorses/

 

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Meet Dusty Whitford – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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Our 2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. Select colts will be offered for sale after contest completion during the Cindy Severe Benefit Auction.


2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant…


Name: Dusty Whitford, 35

Location: Ferndale, Washington

Currently Training At: Whitford Colt Company

NCHA Lifetime Earnings: $184.80

# Years Training Horses to Work Cattle: 3

Background: 7 years Sapper Army Veteran. Has background in reining, calf roping, and western pleasure disciplines. Currently focused on starting 2 year old cutting and reining cow horses.

Influences: “I got my start working for Bill Riddle in Oklahoma. I also worked for the Center Ranch where I trained the 2 year olds (by the Sire Woody Be Tough) for the NCHA Futurity Sale.”

First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “First thing I’m looking to teach is the connection to the cow.”

Expectations for the 2018 Colt to Cow Connection event: “I’m just looking forward to having fun and sharing what I know about 2 year olds.”

Link to learn more about Whitford Colt Company: https://www.facebook.com/DustyWhitfordPerformanceHorses 

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Meet Jeff Bailey – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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Our 2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. Select colts will be offered for sale after contest completion during the Cindy Severe Benefit Auction.


2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant…


Name: Jeff Bailey, 54

Location: Kennewick, Washington

Currently Training At: Bailey Cow Horses, Home of Starlights Smartchic

NRCHA Lifetime Earnings: $10,000

World Series Team Roping Lifetime Earnings: $80,000+

# Years Training Horses to Work Cattle: 20+

Background: Cowboyed all of his life and is a great horseshoer. From doctoring in the pastures to showing in the performance pen in team roping, reining, cow horse and cutters. Specializes in riding 2 year olds.

First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “Don’t get in a hurry.”

Influences: I’ve cowboyed all my life and worked around cows and horses, it’s just something I’ve always done. I’ve always enjoyed riding good horses and making good horses. I enjoy learning by sitting and watching good hands. You can learn a lot by watching folks, you can also learn a lot of what not to do. I’ve watched and visited with a tremendous amount of talented trainers throughout my career and continue to learn.”

Expectations for the 2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection: “I think this is just such a great opportunity. I look forward to getting to see the colts and hopefully get to ride a nice one. I wish they had more events like this.”

Link to learn more about Bailey Cow Horses: http://www.baileycowhorses.net

Photo: Jeff Bailey with “Starlights Smartchic”

 

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Meet Johnny Hammack – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

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Our 2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection contestants have been selected! Each trainer will step onto a 60-day colt and teach him to work a cow. Five head of cattle available per colt each day.  Competitors will be judged 25 minutes Day 1, 20 minutes Day 2, 15 minutes for Finalists on Day 3. Winner will receive a champion buckle and cash prizes will be awarded to the top competitors. Select colts will be offered for sale after contest completion during the Cindy Severe Benefit Auction.


2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant…


Name: Johnny Hammack, 41

Location: Chiloquin, OR

Currently Training At: Bourdet Ranch, Home of Meradas Cookin Now

NCHA Lifetime Earnings: $4,095.02

# Years Training Horses to Work Cattle: 10

Background: Grew up ranching, roping and rodeoing as a bronc rider. Currently starts lots of 2 year olds for the performance pen.

First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “The biggest, best lesson I learned when I got started is the cow is the cue. I want the cow to stop my horse.”

Influences: “There are so many great people who have helped me and are still helping me. I am still in the process of learning how to train a cutting horse. Randy Jones, Stan Fonson, definitely got me started and still help me when they can. The Bourdet Ranch for letting me ride good horses and Marc Bourdet has helped me a lot. I’d say after working for Shad Platt for a year or so that I try the best I can to do the things I learned there—I like his way and I like his horses style. There are lots of others, like Mitch Davis, that help me. I’m sorry not to mention them all but it would be a long story.”

Expectations for the Bonina Colt to Cow Connection event: “Just to have fun. I’m going to do the best I can to feel my horse and deal with whatever happens and stay in the moment. I want my horse to be licking his lips and enjoying his job.”

To learn more about Johnny’s horse training services give him a call: 541-678-3996

Photo: Johnny Riding a “Metalic Cat” gelding, first loop at first branding.

 

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