See his Biography and Judging resume HERE.
Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong Morris County cowboy at Buchman’s Double B Ranch near Alta Vista, Kansas. A graduate of Kansas State University in agricultural education, Frank was a member of the university’s livestock, meats, dairy, and wool judging teams competing in nine national contests. An active Block & Bridle Club member-leader, as corresponding secretary, he edited the monthly Bull Sheet, competed in the club’s annual horse show, and was reserve champion horse showman at the Little American Royal. Active in the K-State Rodeo Club, Frank competed in Central Plains Collegiate Rodeo Association rodeos along with his wife Margaret Mary who married him in 1971.
Frank and Margaret Mary have two grown children, Jennie and Tyson, who have participated successfully in horse shows and rodeos all their lives. They won a number of state and national livestock and horse judging competitions with Margaret Mary serving as their coach. Tyson was the state 4-H horse project champion as well as the state and national FFA horse proficiency award winner.
Margaret May managed the ranch livestock operations while Frank worked 36 years as editor-media consultant for Grass & Grain, then 12 years in agriculture sales for WIBW 580-The BIG 94.5 Country-KTPK Country Legends 106.9. Frank now writes weekly syndicated horse-agriculture-faith columns and has daily Roamin’ The Range shows on KFRM 550 AM, all included on www.frankjbuchman.com.
Tyson, with guidance from his mother, now manages the ranch’s major cow-calf operation and custom grazes cattle with assistance from his wife BJ and son Wyatt. Wyatt has participated in horse shows and ranch rodeos growing up and is now head cowboy for Tiffany Cattle Company’s feeding and grazing operations at Herington. Jennie also assists with ranch operations as well as successfully competing in major jackpot team roping events nearly every week throughout the Midwest winning more than 14 trophy saddles.
For 30 years, Buchman’s Double B Ranch hosted an annual livestock and horse field day including the state FFA horse judging contest attracting hundreds of participants. They had an annual Quarter Horse production sale featuring “The Cowboy’s Kind” for 25 years. More than four decades training 1,000 customer horses, Frank has judged horse shows for five breed associations in 20 states and 56 Kansas counties. Serving on seven community, church, and horse group boards, Frank competes in every event at 30 horse shows each summer in six associations.