STORY OF THE BUREAU COUNTY KID
Bureau County Kid, fondly known as BamBam to all those close to
him, was born on August 1, 1989 right here at Orchard Park Stables.
First, his parents story.
His Dam was bought by my mother as a 3 yr old from Fransis Tone
and was originally bred by Roger Rogerson. She was sired by a
well bred Clydesdale stallion, and out of an imported French Coach
mare both also owned by Roger.
had already broke, trained and sold many siblings to this mare
and one sibling in particular who was named Repo, was sold down
to Ron Taverick in Connecticut and grew to be over 18.1 hands
mother had become very fond of these crossbreds and when Fransis
called her about this full sibling to Repo explaining that she
had a hernia and didn't want to spend the money to get the operation
done, my mom quickly took advantage of the opportunity and we
owned her for many years until retiring her as a broodmare and
is now with a good friend of ours. Now that we had this beautiful
Repo look alike, we called her Little Repo as she finished growing
at only 16.1 hands.
A good friend of my mother's, Sandy Blackall, has a wonderful
grandson of Northern Dancer, show name Limited Finances, known
as Bert, that she has always fancied and bred Repo to him twice
in a row producing first Rebert, and second BamBam.
went on to sire many great horses that are now all over North
America. Rebert never did much showing but was very much an influence
to many mares in our operation today. Unfortunately we lost Rebert
in 1997 to a broken leg. This was a great tragedy and will always
be missed by all that were lucky enough to have been touched by
Rebert was the first born, my mother gave him to my brother Chad
as a gift, and BamBam being the second offspring was my gift.
(These two were the only Colts Little Repo ever produced as she
had seven fillies after that). This gift has become one of the
best things that has ever happened to me!
BamBam was born while I was competing two horses in DesMoines,
Iowa, where my Aunt and two cousins lived and rode competitively.
I had been down there for the month of July and was on my way
home when our truck "died", literally, on the Interstate.
We were stuck there for five days and the citizens of Bureau County,
Illinois were so good to us, putting our horses up at the local
fairgrounds, and opening their homes to us.
got the phone call on August 1, 1989 that we had a new addition.
I had already picked out the name BamBam for a boy. We told the
wonderful citizens of Bureau County that we would name BamBam
after them and so it was, The Bureau County Kid.
Now in 2004, 15 years later, I look back and realize how far we
have come, the fun we have had, and can recognize the many accomplishments
we have made, large and small, including a second place finish
in the $25,000 Marshall & Sterling Jumper Classic in Ocala,
Florida, They are ours and I cherish all the times we have had
and look forward to many more. I have owned many Ponies and horses,
but to have a young horse and to grow with that horse, building
that relationship so full of depth, is an experience I hope every
horse lover will have, as it is so precious.
With BamBam, one the best things about owning him is seeing the
stamp he puts on his offspring. It is like seeing BamBam all over
again. The prepotency that has made Northern Dancer one of the
leading sires of all time follows through in the blood of BamBam
and his get. I love everything about them... and I sure love my