- Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2013 20:25
The Bourdet Ranch and its owners Pete, Linda and Marc Bourdet are blessed to live, raise cattle and horses and grow organic hay in the beautiful area of South Central Oregon, Klamath County.
The horse facility consists of a 12 stall barn with breeding lab, indoor arena and hay barns and a 130 x 135 round pen. Every year something new is added. The facility is surrounded by irrigated pastures, alfalfa fields and ponds totaling about 1,000 acres.
This setting in the Williamson, Wood and Sprague River Valleys are home for about 1,000 steers from mid April to October. the gains of up to 300 pounds make them ready for the feedlot.
Oregon Tilth, certified organic hay has had no chemical spray, fertilizers or applications for three years. The organic dairies, and the particular horse owners in Oregon, Washington and California have been reeping the benifits of the Bourdet Ranch hay.
The cattle business has always been a part of Pete's life. In the 80's three years of drought in Hollister, CA had Pete looking for summer pasture. The search not only led him to lease pasture land in south central Oregon but his wife, Linda. After 20 years of hauling cattle, the Bourdet's have sold the ranch in Hollister and are totally in Klamath County.
Linda was born into ranching. Raised on Ft Klamath Ranch with Klamath Marsh Summer Ranch and 40,000 acres USFS permit land it was necessary to use horses to get the job done; gather, rotate, doctor and brand cattle. Even though Linda's shown in cutting shows in the Northwest and Oregon, she prefers ranch cattle work. Pete and Linda ran the ranch until they sold it a few years ago.
During his Hollister days Pete was fortunate to spend time around some legendary horsemen and women. Where he gleaned his eye for good horse flesh and his knowledge and respect for the vaquero tradition.
Marc grew up learning the art of ranching. He's been helping his dad since he could get on a horse. Team roping, heeling, was his forte during high school. With the need to always try more, he also calf roped and cut. He trained his own horses where he won buckles, awards and money in both in Oregon and California.
Then he found reined cow horse... always up for a challenge, Marc jumped into training and becoming a "horseman". Todd Bergen and Jake Gorrell have been regular sounding boards when somethings not going right, or Marc just needs to clean up his ride. His no fear attitude, especially in the fence work, has earned Marc quiet a few titles, the latest being the Klamath Reined Cow Horse Classic Intermediate Non Pro Classic Championship.
Bourdet Ranch performance horses are not just well bred, their quailty allows them to excel in competition. They have put together a broodmare band that will allow them to produce quality prospects able to go to cutting, reined cow horse or reining futurities.