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.
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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