Leaders of Ranch & Rodeo
David “Dave” Arthur Hermanson was born to Arthur and Christine Hermanson on October 4, 1946. He was the second of eight children. Dave grew up on a farmstead south of Litchville, ND.
At a very early age, Dave took an interest in horses. His dad, Art, was instrumental in teaching Dave the ropes. Dave became a hand around the farm, doing as much riding as he could when he wasn’t in school or doing his chores. By the age of thirteen, he was breaking and riding colts. Dave competed in horse shows, winning many awards and trophies.
Dave’s rodeo career began when he was around sixteen. He competed in local rodeos, moving on to competing in the NDRA in 1965. He competed in three rodeo events – bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding. Bull riding became his main event. He won the ND Championship Bull Riding title two consecutive years, 1968 and 1969. Dave’s rodeo career ended in 1975 when he moved to Mandan, ND, to pursue his horse business and raise his two sons, Shawn and Jess.
Dave takes great pride in raising, trading and buying horses. His business has taken him all over the U.S. and Canada. He is well known in the business and well-respected. Dave started his first horse sale in the fall of 1978 at Bismarck Livestock Auction. In 1982, Dave partnered with Fred Kist for a spring and fall sale and will continue until he retires or is called home.
Dave is proud to say he was born in a good era, proud to be a Dakotan all these years, and proud to be one of the good old boys…A COWBOY!