Monday everyone was exhausted from a busy weekend, Kade felt like they should get to stay home from school to rest. No such luck. It was a little bit breezy and chilly for May, but, not bad. Everyone was in Monday morning, so that was a win. Boys all had practice, dad took Kade and Jaxsen. Anna went up and took care of the show animals. Caleb and Kelten came out to hook up the new pump Monday night for the yard and big run irrigation. Kaine went out and mowed Russian Olive trees, which is a never-ending job!
Tuesday Kaine and Kade had baseball games, and Jaxsen had practice. Kaine’s team played Burbank and they won. Kade’s teamed played Basin City, they did not keep score, but we decided they won. It started to pour down rain, so Jaxsen’s practice was canceled part of the way through, dad went down to get him, but he caught a ride with another mom up to the Junior High, so they missed each other. Jaxsen kept telling his ride that was his mom’s car, so they kept chasing people around Connell. So it took a few minutes to find him. It was Ben and my 19th wedding anniversary, so Ben brought home Checos for us all.
Wednesday we woke up to two foals, just as I was starting to wonder if they were every gong to foal. Rosie had a big pali colt with lots of chrome out of Double. Peyton had a tiny little smutty buckskin roan filly out of Jackpot that had the umbilical cord dragging on the ground. Toni is calling her Spunky, mom and dad are calling her Twiggy. We already have a Twiggy, but I guess they are ignoring that. I call her Spunk, so I guess maybe she is the horse with too many names?? Toni got Spunk and Peyton in, got the cord clamped, and we moved them over to the old mare pen to keep an eye on the tiny girl. She is very friendly and maybe thinks she is a dog. Kade had a baseball game at 5. Kaine was officially done and was home for chores.
Thursday was super busy as the kids got ready to leave for the Angus show. This is Jax’s first show of the season and the other three kids’ fourth show. After school and chores, the kids went to start getting the tackbox packed up, bags packed, food packed, and stick their heifers that hadn’t been sticked before. There was also some concern about Jax’s steer (named Dagger on Thursday) and whether he had been sticked. Luckily Anna had stepped up and helped Jax more than he realized or cared about.
Friday we packed up the trailers and headed to Ellensburg to the Jr Angus Field Day. We got there and got everyone washed, checked into the hotel. The kids all had fun. We had our four kids, Traci had her three, four adults, with 9 head of cattle. Our group was the largest. Due to the other shows in the area and farming, the Angus show wasn’t as well attended as normal, but it was still a great group of people, good quality cattle, and a good location. Friday night we were provided free pizza and a fitting and clipping clinic put on by Matt Rosman and Tanner and Colter Meads. Big shout out to Matt Rosman who told the kids that they need to rinse/wash their cattle twice per day. Thanks for that. Anna has taken you seriously.
Saturday morning we got up and washed the heifers and steer again. Anna, Kaine, Kade and Sydney Rylaarsdam competed in the fitting contest. Natalie and Jaxsen helped Eric as the judge. Our kids did not win. Eric told us afterwards that Jaxsen was all about his brother NOT winning. After that the show started, with PeeWees, then seniors, intermediates and then Juniors. All of the kids showed great, Anna was the Intermediate champion and Kade was the Jr Reserve champion. In confirmation, Jaxsen showed his steer first, he was third steer overall, and 2 months younger than the rest of the steers (in registered classes it is by age and not weight) so that was really good. Kaine had a bred and owned heifer, she was second in her class, so she went back to the championship round. Natalie and Savannah’s heifers were our first class of owned heifers. They were first and second in their classes, so both got to go back. Both of Kade’s heifers were second in their classes, so they both came back. Kaine’s Cox heifer was third in her class, so she did not get to come back. Anna’s heifers were 1st and 5th in their class, so one of Anna’s got to come back. All in all a great show. Then we packed up and headed home. D the paint came on Saturday to get bred again.
Sunday we had lots of people scheduled to come, so we were busy all day. However, first thing was Fly Guy leaving, and they postponed until Monday. Anna worked on her heifer and steer. Kaine and I took the minis over the Cecil and Debbies house. Toni and Kade showed horses while we were gone. Ben and Kicker were working on putting irrigation line in the riding horse pen. Toni and I then got Gunner in to bred the paint. D still does not like him, she is a maiden mare and is not inter Gunner. So we put King in with her, she liked him a little better. We hauled Gunner back out. Cousin Jodi showed up with Sam the gelding back. Her kids are nor riding him, so they are gong to sell him. So if you are looking for an older grey grade gelding we have one at the house looking for a new home.
With Fly Guy gone, we are sold out of yearling colts. We have the 2 fillies left for sale for the right person and Gangster. Lots of fun and summer is just hitting its stride. The kids have a few weeks left of school, and let me assure you, they are counting down. We still have some overbaked foals that need to come out, but we are down to the last few to foal. When it gets hot like this, it makes it hard to get excited about breeding mares, but we still get it done.