John “Pete” Bonds
The Bonds Ranch can be found in Saginaw, Texas, just a few miles north of Fort Worth. Pete’s father, P.R. (Bob) Bonds bought part of the Mary Hicks Ranch in Hicks, Texas in 1933, which became known as Bonds Ranch. Bob Bonds died when Pete was two, so he was raised by his mother and the ranch’s foreman, who became Pete’s role model.
Pete, his wife, Jo, and their three daughters, Missy and April Bonds and Bonnie Anderson all have a part in the ranch business. Missy is the ranch’s assistant general manager and export program manager. April is in charge of the ranch’s strategic planning, while Bonnie, her husband, Clint Anderson and their two daughters also have yearling operations in Texas and Colorado. The three sisters also run cattle together.
In 2013, Pete was the president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and well respected in this industry. He has been in the industry for over four decades and has gained a reputation as being one of the nation’s savviest cattlemen.
In 2016, he received Foy Proctor Memorial Cowman’s Award of Honor and in 2017, he was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. He also received the W.A. “Bill” King Award for Excellence in Agriculture from the Fort Worth Farm and Ranch Club.