Nicole (Carson) Bonilla was born and raised in North Hollywood, California and grew up performing in the Carson Family Western Show. The show began in the early 1930’s with Nicole’s Grandfather, Buss Carson, who was a peer to some of the great cowboys like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. At that time, the Carson Stuntcapade, which consisted of roman riding, trick riding & roping, liberty drill, and dog acts, toured the United States, Mexico, and Canada performing at large fairs and rodeos. Buss Carson also had the honor of riding in the Pasadena Rose Parade on his beautiful Bohlin sterling silver saddle for 35 consecutive years.
Nicole’s Father, Merrill Carson, decided to continue the family business and transformed the show into an after-school fundraising extravaganza for elementary schools around Southern California. Nicole started singing in the show at the age of 3. A few years later she began performing with her four sisters and one brother doing trick-roping, can-can, clogging, singing, and a dog act with poodles and dalmations. At the age of 15, Nicole took over the main horse act with her beautiful palomino stallion, Majestic (great-grandson of Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger). The ‘high school’ act showcased various stunts and tricks set to music.
Nicole attended Brigham Young University and earned a bachelors in graphic design with emphasis in marketing strategy. She met her husband, Gabe (who is also a designer from So. Cal.) and they joined forces personally and professionally and started Bonilla Design & Advertising. Nicole and Gabe moved to Chandler, Arizona from Orange County, California in 2004. They work from a home studio as they raise their six children.
Nicole is a member of the Cowgirls Historical Foundation—a non-profit organization made up of women of accomplishment in various equestrian backgrounds. This group performs at rodeos, has ridden in the Tournament of Roses for the last six years, is featured in western fashion shows, conducts television and radio interviews, helps raise money for returning soldiers, and participates in Phoenix celebrity charity events.
Nicole has been thrilled to lend her professional skills in developing the brand identity, website and marketing materials for Welcome Home Ranch. She considers it a privilege to work with John Volken, the WHR board and the students in the life skills academy. Welcome Home Ranch encompasses some of Nicole’s greatest passions including: horses, equestrian events, farming & gardening, healthy living, teaching strong work ethic and promoting family unity.