Eli Van Buren
From the Pastures of Central Minnesota to a barn in Brainerd. Eli learned his horsemanship and ranching skills from his parents Rick and Bonnie Van Buren and fine-tuned their development while attending Iowa Central Community college. Not to his parents surprise, Eli made his home on the Iowa Central rodeo team riding bulls and saddle bronc horses for the next two years and furthered his passion for the sport of rodeo. After ICC, Eli pursued his rodeo career making top 12 in the Great Lakes Circuit finals in 2011. After a career ending injury in 2012 Eli turned his passion back towards his simple upbringings; horses, cattle ranching, and new found partner in life Kayleen.
Kayleen Van Buren
Kayleen grew up spending most of her time in the roping arena with her father Nathan Hough learning the ins and outs of creating a solid foundation on a performance horse. As the years passed so did her gears towards the barrel industry. In 2012 Kayleen won the United Barrel Racing Association 1D Open World title on a mare she trained and owned. Along with many other finals qualifications and new set arena records on numerous horses, her mission pointed towards training performance horses. They are parents to three growing girls. Their eldest daughter Brynley has already started to make name for herself in the barrel racing world. At ten years old she has already won her first buckle series and holds her own state title 2018 National Barrel Horse Association 1D Peewee State Champion. Her little sister Ira, now four years old is following right behind her big sister in full force. Our youngest, Wylde arrived in June 2019 and has been handling the traveling and busy life like a gem. As their business and interests grow, a 150x250 arena has joined the ranch. As the children’s interests in youth rodeo expand, so has their passion for performance horses, especially those used for barrel racing and roping events.
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