Baru Forell Spillerwas the fourth generation to live on the family farmstead on the rural plains of northwest Kansas.With a life-long passion for good horses, Baru Forell Spiller has been constantly involved in rodeos, horse shows, or horse racing. She is a 10-year AQHA breeder, concentrating on the proven magic cross of Driftwood & Hancock/Blue Valentine bloodlines. She trains her own horses for competition in working cow horse, ranch versatility & other stock horse events. Her horses have carried her to an AQHA Versatility Ranch World Championship, multiple SHOT Year End Championships, and qualified for multiple NRCHA World Shows. Her father, Bud Forell, a champion bulldogger, made and tooled his own rodeo gear, including bareback rigging and chaps. His legacy continues to be an inspiration to Baru, as is her husband, Joe, a renowned spur and bit maker, who encouraged her to start silver smithing in 2006.
Baru on Western Sequel, 2011 Ft Worth Stock Show
Baru's silver work has been included in the Trappings of Texas Exhibit at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas; Gear Exhibit at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada during the Cowboy Poetry Gathering; and Art of the Cowboy Makers exhibit at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Her articles on equine and cowboy subjects have been published in the Quarter Horse Journal, Australian Stock Horse Annual, the West Coast Journal, and others. Her award-winning ranch photography has been featured in the Fall American Photography Exhibit at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso, New Mexico; Trappings of Texas; and the Will Rogers Awards for the Academy of Western Artists. Baru served five years as an intelligence analyst and linguist during the first Gulf War and Bosnian Conflict. She is a lifetime member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars & member of the American Legion.
To order your custom silver: e-mail Baru Phone: 325.673.7736/days Phone 325.743.2461/eves
Photo by Melissa Chumley
Mail: Baru Spiller 2702 CR 209 Wingate TX 79566 Order completion dates & pricing varies, depending on the order.
Hazing for Bud Forell in the bull dogging, paid off in the double muggin' at the Women's Ranch Rodeo, Hamilton TX - June '08
Flankin' calves at the Patterson Ranch branding, Stonewall County TX, June 08
Big Country Cowgirls ranch rodeo team, Women's Ranch Rodeo, Hamilton TX, June, 2008 ____________________________________________________________________________ IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY:
Bud Forell, Plainville KS, circa 1955
Baru, Parker County TX, 1998
Baru's mother, Artyce Forell, Plainville KS rodeo, circa 1954
Baru Forell Spiller, Wingate TX, 2007
Bud & Artyce Forell, Phillips County KS 1954
Joe & Baru Spiller, Parker County TX, 1998
In Memory of Bud Forell
Bud Forell, (1931-2005) 1954 Kansas State Champion Steer Wrestler, all-around rodeo cowboy, horseman, breeder of several AAA ROM race horses, top arena and all-around performance horses.
Bud Forell, 1949. Click for complete Memorial to Bud Forell
…HE RIDES ON by Baru Forell Spiller
Back seventy years ago or so, Folks were easier to get to know An honest day’s work brought an honest day’s pay, And a good cowboy always had a place to stay. In the distance blew the whistle of an old freight train By twilight the doves cooed their mournful refrain At night the stars sprinkled the prairie skies, The coyotes sounded their lonesome cries… …and Bud Forell rode in. In spring the thunderstorms rolled in from the west And put many a good cowpuncher to the test Driving cattle through the pouring rain didn’t bring many to riches or fame. Mosquitoes, ticks, horse flies the size of cranes, Pandora poured her box o’er the Kansas plains The summer sun scorched the prairie land; It was too hot for the devil, too hot for man… …but Bud Forell rode on. Ole Man Winter blew in with a rage, Icing the yucca, ragweed and sage, Cattle stranded on fences, horses on ice Cowboying the plains brought a heck of a price. A broomtail nag and some crowbait cattle, The cowboy life was a constant battle Snake bites, thorns & coyote howls It was here that the tenderfoot threw in the towel… …but Bud Forell rode on. Other folks business, he didn’t get in, But if you dared to challenge, you knew he’d win. He didn’t say much, wasn’t big on talk, He just had a big heart and walked a big walk. He was crusty and rusty and plum broke in, But he was in good shape for the shape he was in Doc said his big heart needed revamped, But he fooled us all – he just moved camp. …and he rides on… In loving memory of Meredith ‘Bud’ Allen Forell February 11, 1931 - December 10, 2005
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