Meet Diehl Hiner – Colt to Cow Connection Contestant

By February 28, 2018What's New?

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.

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2018 Bonina Colt to Cow Connection Contestant List

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