National Show Honorees

2018 National Western Show Honoree

Bakenhus Shorthorns had their beginning in 1929 when Ward’s grandparents,  Art Sr. & Olga Bakenhus received a purebred Shorthorn heifer from Uncle Fred Buss for their wedding gift.  Adding a few more females in the next years, the herd has proven the value of this breed for 89 years.  With the selection of production minded herd bulls that sired animals with greater weaning and yearling weights, a uniform herd is being maintained.  AI was introduced in the 70’s and embryo transfer shortly after. The herd grew to over 240 purebred cows. Bakenhus Shorthorns held production sales for many years through the nineties until 2008 at the farm in Columbus, NE.   In 2008, a dispersal was held cutting the herd size.  Currently Ward and family are rebuilding the herd.

This past fall, Bakenhus Shorthorns held a production sale once again at the farm.  We included several other Shorthorn breeders and friends in the sale.  We will be holding a production sale again next year including cows, bred heifers and select show calves.

Through the generations, the Bakenhus men all have held offices in the NE state association. Art Jr. and Luke received the Builder of the Breed Award from the ASA in  1985.    Ward  was elected to the ASA Board of Directors in 1999 and served for 2 terms, retiring from the board in 2005.  Likewise, the women have been involved with the Lassie organization since it’s beginning.  Ruth, Shay and Macy have been board members both on the state and national levels.  Ward’s daughter, Macy, was chosen as the 2016 National Shorthorn Lassie Queen.  Shay is the current president of the National Lassie Board and Macy serves as the  Publicity Director.

Bakenhus cattle have been shown at the NE State Fair for over 45  years and hold the record for the most years shown consecutively.  At the Platte County Fair, Bakenhus Jr exhibitors have shown homebred Shorthorns since 1942.  Ward and Shay’s youngest, Macy, just finished her final year of showing at the fair, capping off a 24 year consecutive streak of having their children show at the county fair.  Joshua, their oldest, won the title of Reserve Grand Champion Heifer at the Jr. Nationals in 1995.  Earlier in that same year, Bakenhus Shorthorns won the Grand Champion Heifer show at the Denver Stock Show with AR SU LU Lace. Jacob won 3rd overall Showman at the Ak_Sar-Ben Livestock Show, Supreme Champion many times with his Shorthorn steer, Superstar and many times  British Breed Champion at the NE State Fair.   Levi is the only exhibitor on record at the NE State Fair to win the Supreme Heifer Over All Breeds twice – once in 2004 and again in 2012.

Bakenhus Shorthorns of Columbus, NE has won a total of 26 Grand Championships in 16 years at the NWSS.  They have been unbeatable in the Pen of 5 Bulls category, winning Grand Championships 15 out of the 16 years, while also winning 8 Grand Champion Pen of 3 Bulls in the same time span.  They also have 2 Grand Championships in the Appendix class.  There are also many Reserve Pen wins.  At the 2006 National Western Stock Show, the Bakenhus Family was honored for exhibiting more Champion and
Reserve Champion Pens of Bulls than any other breeder of any breed in the 100 year history of the National Western Stock Show Pen Bull Competition.  Bakenhus Shorthorns still holds this record.

Ward and family would like to thank the ASA Board and members for this honor.  We have made many friends throughout the years.  Also, Art Jr. and Luke who stayed home and did the chores to allow us to share our genetics by exhibiting our animals at many state and national shows that led breeders to use our genetics to develop their own herds.  We truly consider this a legacy award.  We are truly touched by this recognition.


2018 American Royal Livestock Show

Studer Shorthorns is a family operation built on generations of hard work, faith and love that has made a foundation for the future generations. Dale Studer’s grandfather, Ben, registered his first Shorthorn cattle in 1916 and their family has had Shorthorns since.

In 1960, at only seven years old, Dale, the third generation of Studer Shorthorns, began following his father, Nate, around the barn to help him bring in the nurse cows. By 1965, Dale began going with Ben to state fairs and national shows.

Dale bought his first heifer in 1968 from Bert Hanson and since then it has always been Shorthorns to him. Dale’s love continued to grow for Shorthorns. He was able to learn from his Father, Grandfather, brother Mike and brother Rich first-hand what it meant to have a love for the Shorthorn breed.

Dale and Anita got married in 1980 and started their family with Nathan and Kaisha while they lived in their first home. Farming was hard in the early 80s and by 1985 they moved to Hamilton, Texas, to work at Riverside Farms. Dale’s brothers remained in Wesley and were able to keep a few Shorthorns with them.

Dale and Anita stayed in Texas for six years and had three kids born there, Ashley, Austin and Sarah. They moved to Creston, Iowa, in 1991, where they still remain. The kids, Nathan, Kaisha, Ashley, Austin and Sarah, got involved in 4-H and started showing. Nathan bought his first two show heifers from Jordan Acres when he started showing in 1993.

The Studer Family hasn’t missed an Iowa State Fair since 1993 when Nathan started showing. This tradition still remains today and they continue taking cattle to the fair.

As the Studer herd grew in numbers and quality in the early 2000s they joined in their first production sale with Genetics Online in Eastern Iowa. Soon after they joined with the Loudon family in the Generations of Excellence sale located closer to home.

In 2005, Studer’s expanded their marketing of quality bulls to seedstock and commercial producers. They brought in genetics from Canada, to provide something different to the herd. Bringing genetic changes in 2005 was one of the biggest changes at Studer.

In 2010, they moved to a new sale site on the home farm. The name Family Legacies was born as they tried to decide what type of name was fitting for Studer Shorthorns. The Studer’s celebrated 100 years in the Shorthorn business in 2016.

In the Fall of 2014, the Studer guys began discussing how they could get their bulls presented to a broader audience, which brought their first online bull sale in February 2015.

Studer Shorthorns currently has more than 150 Purebred Shorthorn cows with 800 acres of pasture. They have mostly winter and early spring calves from January to April.

Family is a big part of Studer Shorthorns and as Dale and Anita’s children have gotten older their family continues to expand. Their children are always quick to step-up and help at shows and sales.

Nate and his son Brock are active in the day to day operation at Studer Shorthorns.

Ashley, Chance, Kyzer, Landry and Krosby make their home in Wiota, Iowa and have a show cattle and show pig operation. They continue the tradition of Studer Shorthorns with cows in their own herd.  They have an annual Fall Sale each September.

Kaisha, Chad, Drew, Cayson, Camydyn and Caylor live in Des Moines, Iowa and stay active with traveling and attending sporting events with their kids.

Austin and Nicki currently live in Ankeny, Iowa and Austin works for Dow/DuPont.

Sarah is the youngest and lives in Seasboro, Iowa, with her daughter Finley and is a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Austin and Sarah continue to maintain cows of their own in the main cowherd.

The fifth generation of kids (Kyzer, Brock, Cayson and Landry) are starting to be active on the farm and will continue to carry on the legacy of Studer Shorthorns.

While the Studer family hasn’t been as active in showing, they still do attend shows, including the Minnesota State Fair where they were named Champion Female this year. The Minnesota State Fair was Ben’s favorite show to attend. As the grandkids get older, you can expect to see them showing more often at junior shows!

Studer Shorthorns have received many recognitions over the years, including being named Builder of the Breed twice. Once in 1969 with grandfather, Ben and again in 2000 with the Dale Studer Family. They have also been honored as Iowa Seedstock Producer of the year in 2010 and Iowa Royal honored breeder in 2001. They are honored to receive this recognition and be named as the American Royal Livestock Show Honoree.


2018 North American International Show Honoree

In 1952, CF Martin purchased his first Shorthorn heifer and her heifer calf for only $110. From this beginning, CF Martin built Martindell Farms, LLC., into one of the largest Shorthorn herds in the United States with more than 300 head on the farm today.

CF Martin married Martha Burd on January 10, 1962, and they had two sons, Franklin and Jason. They have two granddaughters, Kacie and Kayla, as well as a great grandson, Drew Williams. They also have two step-grandchildren, Tristan and Austin Martin. Their family makes up Martindell Farms, in Hardyville, Kentucky.

CF has dedicated his life to being a farmer, it is the only job he has ever had, farming over 300 acres. He started on his own and now with his family continues as a farmer and cattle breeder, raising registered Shorthorns. Although, they don’t raise crops anymore, they pride themselves on raising good quality hay for their Shorthorns. His farming always played an important role in raising cattle because he believes it takes good nutrition and good genetics to have good cattle.

Martindell Farms, LLC., has exhibited cattle for many years including the North American International Livestock Exposition, Kentucky State Fair, Tennessee State Fair, Alabama State Fair, West Virginia State Fair, North Carolina State Fair, South Carolina State Fair, Georgia National, Kentucky Beef Expo and Tennessee Beef Expo. Through their years of showing, they have 19 Grand Champion banners from the Kentucky State Fair, as well as many banners from the many other fairs they attended. They also have exhibited many division champions from NAILE. In 1983, they owned half interest in the Grand Champion Bull at NAILE, Honeydew Big Red, and later sold him in Denver. They consign cattle each year to Kentucky Beef Expo and Tennessee Beef Expo. Martindell Farms, had a production sale in 2005 and their top selling female was featured on the May/June cover of Shorthorn Country.

CF has been very active in the beef industry and his community. He was one of the founders of Hart County Cattlemen in the 90s and they have over 200 members each year. He has been on the fair board and chairman of the beef cattle show for over 40 years. CF has served on the board of Farmers Rural Electric, a seven county wide cooperative, for more than 20 years. He has held many offices on the board including chairman, vice-chairman and secretary. Since 1971, when Franklin was old enough to be a 4-H member, CF and Martha have really enjoyed supporting the local 4-H clubs. CF has also been on the advisory board for Farm Credit for many years.

Over the years of farming and raising cattle, Martindell Farms, has registered more than 3,500 head of Shorthorns and sold cattle to 27 states and Canada. He had been awarded the Century Club membership for many years.

CF said he didn’t do this all by himself, he had two great sons and a wonderful wife who love Shorthorns. They loved all the time spent showing and CF traveled many miles to find genetics to improve the herd. He believes it takes a great family to be successful. CF has now turned the farm over to Franklin and Jason to continue the tradition.

CF has received many awards over his many years of involvement in the industry. He was recognized as the builder of the breed in 1998. He was inducted in the Kentucky Cattleman Hall of Fame in 2014 and is honored to be recognized as the North American International Livestock Exposition, Jack C Ragsdale National Shorthorn Show Honoree.