Legendary Bar H trainers and brothers, Winston Hansma and Paul Hansma have always had a wicked sense of humor. In fact, we’re reported previously in our newsletter another prank Paul pulled on Duncan Steele-Park with pistachios. This time Paul and others had Winston in their sights. As Winston tells it below, even trainers sometimes can’t remember their cows!
“We were at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. We always had a lot of fun at those shows. It was first thing in the morning and somebody came up to me asked me if I’d settle their cattle for them. It wasn’t somebody I normally would have or didn’t even help, so I was a little surprised they asked me but you know they said who ever they got to usually settle the cows was having to work a horse at 8 o’clock so I said, “alright””, said Winston Hansma.
“The shows that Bobby Pigeon put on were a lot of fun but the cows weren’t necessarily really good all the time. Unbeknownst to me, they had taken the cattle from the practice pen that had been worked the day before, used in the practice pen and they put those in the show pen for me to settle,” he said.
“So I ride in and these darn things wouldn’t hardly get off the back fence. And like I said, sometimes those cattle they had at Bobby’s cuttings were not necessarily really good. So I mean I’m working real hard to get these cattle off the back wall.”
“And I finally get them up off the back wall and Paul (Winston’s brother), he’s standing there and he just walks up there and knocks them right back over top of me. And I’m like looking at him thinking “what are you doing?” “I spent five minutes trying to get these darn things off the back fence and you’re just knocking them back over the top of me!””
“Paul just looks at me and he goes “Don’t you recognize these cows?” He said, ‘they’ve been in the practice pen!’” “They got me” Winston good-naturedly admitted!
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