Baru Forellgrew up on the rural plains of northwest Kansas on land that had been in her family for four generations.With a life-long passion for good horses, Baru has been involved with horses her entire life, competing since age 9. Her father, Bud Forell, a champion bulldogger, made and made his own rodeo gear, including bareback rigging and chaps. His legacy continues to be an inspiration to Baru in her horse & silverwork endeavors.
She competes on horses that she has bred, raised, trained in ranch versatility, cow work and stock horse events. She is a 10-year breeder and lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and member of the Ranching Committee; a member of Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) since 1995; a member of Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT) since 2002, on the Board of Directors since 2011, serving as President from 2014-2016. Baru's silverwork has been included in exhibits at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine TX; the Western Folkslife Center in Elko NV; Western Trappings on the Llano, Llano TX; Home on the Ranch Art & Gear Show in Wickenburg AZ; and Fusion Silver Show at the ProAm Vaquero Roping in Santa Ynez CA; Sheridan Silver show in Sheridan WY; and the Summer Stampede at the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock TX.
She has written articles on equine and cowboy subjects that have been published in the American Quarter Horse Journal, Australian Stock Horse Annual, West Coast Journal, Cowboy Magazine 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 NM; Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine TX. Baru served five years as an intelligence analyst and linquist during the Gulf War and Bosnian Conflict. She is a lifetime member of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars and member of the American Legion since 1990.
It runs in the family....
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
Bud Forell, Plainville KS, circa 1955
Baru Forell, Parker County TX, 1998
Artyce Forell barrel racing on Flicka Bobbette circa 1973.
Baru in the Ranch Girls Invitational Barrel Race at the Ft Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, 2000.
Baru's mother, Artyce Forell, Plainville KS rodeo, circa 1954
Baru Forell, Wingate TX, 2007
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
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