Bonita Bohnsack Laske

Bonita Bohnsack Laske

Leaders of Ranch & Rodeo

Inducted 2024

It started when Bonita was a little girl, riding in grand entries at the Bohnsack Rodeos and helping her mother start a cow herd. Bonita soon found the horse of her dreams, a mare with combined speed and agility.

Before graduating high school, Bonita lost her mother to cancer. She focused on her education, rodeo and the ranch. This is what her mother would have wanted. She also had faith and many good people in her life.

At North Dakota State University she majored in home economics and was on the rodeo team. Bonita was crowned Miss Rodeo North Dakota, was the NDRA Champion Barrel Racer and was 2nd runner up in the Miss Rodeo America contest, all in 1964.

Bonita worked at the National Livestock and Meat Board in Chicago. Her role included educating consumers about beef on television, radio, and live programs around the country.

Bonita married Lynn Laske, who she grew up with. They moved to Oklahoma where he worked in the western industry, first for Tony Lama Boots and then Justin. They took an active role hosting and entertaining friends, rodeo fans and contestants during the National Finals in Oklahoma City. Lynn helped with multiple hospitality events through local western stores and Bonita served as a chaperone for the Miss Rodeo America contest.

In 1976, their daughter Lydia was born. As a family they were raising, riding, and showing horses. They focused mainly on cutting. Bonita was a cutting finalist at the 2011 AQHA Select World Show. Lynn and Bonita also competed in cuttings held at the Bohnsack. In August 2023, the NDCHA held a show there after 40 years, in memory of Don Taylor, and the family attended.

One of their horses, Clarks Hill Billie, placed 3rd in the 1985 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity. After breeding him, Lydia won reserve amateur champion on one of his daughters, Bet on Hill Billie, in the 1996 NCHA Futurity.

Bonita was a 4-H leader for 9 years. When the National High School Rodeo Finals came to Shawnee, Oklahoma, she and Lynn had a practice cutting at their home for kids from several states including North Dakota.

2018 was the 100th anniversary of the ranch. At the celebration a ranch history book was given out and videos were shown of some of the first rodeos.
Being active in the North Dakota Jr. Stockmans, the North Dakota, Oklahoma and American National Cattlewomen show her lifetime commitment of promoting beef. She served on the Oklahoma Beef Council, was president of Oklahoma Cattlewomen from 1999-2000 and was awarded 1988 Oklahoma Cattlewomen of the Year.

Bonita and Lynn are members of Bethel Moravian and Helendale Luthern Churches in Leaonard, North Dakota also the First United Methodist Church in Moore, Oklahoma.