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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

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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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Meet Shane Carlon – 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: Shane Carlon, 27

Location: Whitt, TX

Currently Training At: Carlon Performance Horses

NCHA Lifetime Earnings: $46,674.30

# Years Training Horses to Work Cattle: 9

Background: Grew up ranching and rodeoing in Red Bluff, CA. Worked for Eddie Howard for 3 years before going out on his own. Currently specializes in 2 year olds and aged event horses.

First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “I learned the need to find release to the cow. Right thing easy, wrong thing difficult.”

Influences: “I’ve had many influences along the way but Eddie Howard would be my main influence. He taught me that it’s all about the cow.”

Expectations: “I’d like to do well of course, but the main thing I’m looking forward to is having fun and getting to share some of the knowledge I learned along the way. See Eltopia, WA while I’m at it. I think the 2 year old gets overshadowed most of the time, so it’s nice to see an event that is showcasing how it all starts. If we don’t do a good job at the beginning then the end result will suffer.”

To learn more about Carlon Performance Horses give Shane a call: 580-504-8878

Photo: Shane Carlon riding “WRJ Time After Time” at Bluebonnet Stakes Derby Finals in Brenham, TX.

 

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Meet Travis Rempel – 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: Travis Rempel, 31

Location: Abbotsford, BC Canada

Currently Training At: TR Performance Horses

NCHA Lifetime Earnings: $280,551.04

NRCHA Lifetime Earnings: $38,763.07

# Years Training Horses to Work Cattle: 15+

Background: Started in the cow horse and the reining and progressed into the cutting industry.

First lesson you learned about putting a horse on a cow? “Biggest early lesson I learned for first time on a cow is to try your best to make it a positive experience.”

Influences: “I’ve worked for Les Timmons, Cayley Wilson and Bob Avila. But I have gotten help and tips and been influenced by a lot of trainers and friends that have really helped me a lot.”

Expectations for the Bonina Colt to Cow Connection event? “My expectation is to try and help the horse understand that they should go with a cow.” 

Link to learn more about TR Performance Horses: https://www.facebook.com/rempel.travis/ 

Photo: Travis Rempel riding “This Cats Max” owned by Doug and Angie Weins at Silver Slate in AB.

 

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