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Yearling bull by CX 3027 Advance 1050

KT ROCK SOLID ADVANCE 823 is by CX 3027 Advance 1050, 1050 is a bull from Bill Cox in Pomeroy and out of 3027. He is a moderate framed heifer bull. 823’s dam is KT Rock Solid Neon 403, a really nice daughter of “Rocky.” Rocky is a bull that we bought from BB Cattle Co that was shown in Denver. He is by Churchhill Neon 7138T ET and is out of a Churchhill Yankee cow. 823 was born 10/01/18 and has 2.3 BW EPD and has a 74 lb actual BW. $3,000


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Thanks to Daylight Saving, the darkness at the end of the work day isn’t just metaphorical.

Monday was a beautiful day, despite how early it got late that night due to the end of Daylight Savings. Yes, I am going to continue to beat that dead horse. If you did not read it the first time, it is my least favorite day of the year. Also on Monday, we had the steer of merit program to see how the steers did at the fair. Most of the steers we raised made Steer of Merit, the only one that did not was Kade’s, but we knew he probably wouldn’t, he was big at weigh in and did not have a high enough daily weight of gain since he was on a diet a lot of the time. Anna’s clubby steer, Hudson, was the champion for Benton Franklin, which he was the actual live champion there too so that was awesome. He was the trifecta as Anna won Showmanship, Market, and now Steer of Merit, as well as various jackpots. He was a pretty good buy! Kade is really excited that he got a steer from the same breeder for this next year. Then we stuck with our annual tradition, from when we were kids, and went to Dairy Queen after. Toni and Anna worked on the colts Monday while the boys did front chores and Toni and Coco did the back chores. The hay stack has been pretty wobbly and had fallen down and hit Toni the week before, and fell and hit Coco on Monday. We are now just knocking down bales and picking them off the ground.

Tuesday was another beautiful day. Toni and Anna worked on the foals and the boys helped with chores. It is really hard to get my steps in this time of year without doing chores, I actually need to do Just Dance or something similar in the house at night. Dad let us know that he is having shoulder surgery on December 3rd. I am trying to catch up on paperwork, so I got most of the foals we have not sold registered. Tuesday was also election day, making the news very interesting. The car tab bill in Washington passed (again) so we are supposed to have $30 car tabs. We have passed that bill multiple times now.

Wednesday was another beautiful day. Shawn came out and helped Toni with chores, well, she was late, so kind of helped with chores. Shawn lives in Utah now and was just up to visit her parents. Anna and Toni worked on the colts, Anna has taken over Double Down, he is typical Double baby, very sweet and easy. Mom says anything that is “normal” to halter break we complain are hard since we have been spoiled by the Double, Zink, Dude, Gunner and Leroy babies. This will be our first year with Sagebug babies, we have not halter broke any yet, but they so far have been very willing too. The boys did the front chores, Jaxsen fed Double. Ben and Kicker were in before 8, so the cattle chores and filling duck ponds went well for a change. Today I got the stallion reports done on Double, Leroy, Gunner, Sagebug and Dude. We still have a few outside mares that we are trying to get sent home. But really, breeding season is over.

Thursday was a little foggy in the morning and chillier than it has been, kind of a damp feeling in the air, I guess one could say that it feels like fall. I continued working on paperwork, today I got Colonel’s stallion report done, and with help from Betsy at AQHA, got some registrations that were pending cleared up. The gym where the boys have basketball practice has been getting a new floor, so the boys have not had practice all week. Which means they get to help with chores.


Friday there was a Veterans Day Program at school that Jaxsen and Kade were both in, Jaxsen was in with cub scouts and Kade was singing, Toni, mom, dad and grandma all went. I went out to see grandma in the morning and then got my hair done. Then I came home to fix the fence around the weanling pen, a weak spot developed over the night. That took pretty much the rest of the afternoon. Toni brought the boys home from school, but they stopped to get milk shakes first. Jaxsen swept out the shed, Sammie the German Shepard had made a mess out of the grain, and Kaine helped me on the fence. Then, Jaxsen fed Double and Kaine and I worked on the foals until Toni got there. Kade was not feeling well after school so he stayed home to rest. Ben and Kicker worked on fence around the cornfield so we could turn the cows out after we wean their calves.

Saturday the boys had basketball games in Moses Lake, but Kade was still sick. Mom and Dad took Kaine so we could wean calves, I sent them with lunch money so they could go someplace good, but, they did not have enough time so they just went to Arbys. Ben, Kicker, Anna and I weaned the calves and turned the cows out on a different cornfield. We also sorted off the sold bred heifers and the beef cows.

Anna and I also got Sagebug and his mares in on Saturday and we put Sagebug in a pen at my house and hauled the mares and the foal down to Mom’s. All of the mares out there, except Dyna, are outside mares that have not left yet. Toni got down there in time to help us worm Dyna and she took Sagebug to his pen. He was not happy to be pulled from his mares, but, was still super to work with and remembered his manner. He is really a fun horse to have around.

Sunday Kaine was sick. Ben and Anna went and got straw in the morning for the barn. I put the weaning weights into AIMS and submitted them to the Angus Association. Then, Whitney came over and got the three non-sick kids and took them over to Ady’s birthday party. Toni and I got the Colonel pen in, the last stallion out, and took him up to Toni’s house and Blue and Goldie to mom and dad’s house and weaned Ruthless. We also weaned Spot, so now all of the foals are weaned except the summer foals, and Dolly’s foal since she is not outs. We hauled 7 more mares out to winter pasture. So we turned Whim out in the big pasture with the horses left at the house, so he can get used to being in a herd. We took new pics of him before we turned him out.

Overall it has been a fun week, with everyone getting back to normal. We are looking forward to having family out mid-November, our CA cousins, and a new uncle! Also, we have a report back about Beebee, Sonnys says she is doing awesome, goes anywhere he asks. Now we are debating who gets her when she comes back.


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New Pictures of Whim

“Whim” is our 2017 Azteca gelding. As of 5/31/19 he is 15.1 hands tall. He is a swanky, impressive, elegant colt is out of Reeds Poco Ms Whinny and by Denali AK. Denali AK is a 2008 PRE STALLION, Elegant mover, tall, will be a winner of movements and morphology. He was the 2010 IALHA National Championship. First place (class of 10) NC Andalusian Colts & Under. First Place (class of 7) NC Spanish Colts 2 & Under. His sire Kianto Ami purchased as a foal in 1998 from Pam Hecht of JDON East in Florida. He has turned out to be a great sire of many National champion offspring, giving great power in movement as well as good bone size. His temperament is extraordinary, a calm individual. Reeds Poco Ms Whinny is a dun mare by Reeds Zan Kid out of Reeds Star Magic. Bred by Reed’s Quarter Horses of Rosalia, WA. This mare is 93% NFQHA and goes back to Dustin Command, Zan Parr Bar, Fritz Command, Star Duster, Skippa String, and Page Lee. Whinny is a very pretty mare that is a great combination with many of our stallions. Being 93% NFQHA, bred to any of our stallions she will have NFQHA eligible foals. Whinny has a very strong dun stripe and has not been color tested but has had 11 dun foals, 7 of which were registered as grullos. He was born 4/13/17 and is owned in partnership with Jackass Mountain Ranch.  $7,500



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Whim the Azteca joined the herd in the circle today

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Weaning Calves

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Meet the Mares: Elly

KT EllyDoubleMelody, “Elly,” is a 2009 mare. She is a cute mare that we bought back that is by Captains Double Coy and is out of Sonitas Melody. Ellie was used as a trail horse and has been to lots of clinics and ridden by children. She is a very sweet mare that loves attention and looks a lot like Double. She is bred to Gunner for 2020.


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Bulls for Sale

Are you looking for a bull? We have both Hereford and Angus bulls for sale.

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Toni and Anna working on the colts.

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KT Posie of Sage

KT Posie of Sage is an adorable dun roan filly is out of Kt Pocketfullofposey, “Pocket,” and by KT Reed Me a Double, “Reed.” Reed is a phenomenal Grullo son of Captains Double Coy and out of Reeds Poco Ms Whinny. Double is one of our senior stallions, his foals have an outstanding disposition and are a great using horse for any arena. Pocket is a really pleasant mare by Zinks Major Kid and out of PDQ Rikki Tikki Lee, “Sissy.” Pocket has been used as a ranch horse, she is a talented mare with an impressive pedigree. She is a great granddaughter of AQHA Pt earners: Docs Rickasay, John Zink, and Sheza Major Star. Pocket is also a great granddaughter of Spear Lee Bar, AQHA Race SI-105 /AAAT /ROM, 55-24-10-9, $22,853. Pocket’s pedigree also includes other greats like Docs Dee Bar, Lucky Lynx, Birthday Bar and Catechu. We love the agility and cowyness of the Zinks Major Kid offspring, they are great riding, ranch and arena horses. This filly was born 5/16/19. $2500


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The End of Daylight Savings is my LEAST favorite day of the year.

Monday was a hard day for us all. We laid grandpa to rest at the Connell Cemetery on Monday. Grandma wanted all of the great grandkids to say something about grandpa, just a sentence of a memory or something that makes them think about him. They all did really good. Grandma kept them all to read later. It was also grandma’s birthday on Monday, so we went out to grandma’s house after and had cake and some deli platters with her. Monday was windy, but the wind died down for the funeral, and they started back up again after. Anna, Toni and I worked on Summer Sky, Chica and Double Scotch afterwards. Kaine and Kade did the front chores, and since Jaxsen had been so great over the weekend helping out, Toni gave him the day off from doing chores.

Monday night the wind really whipped, so we woke up Tuesday to the roof being blown off one of the old sheds at my house and it laying in the driveway. Luckily it did not damage anything. Our neighbors were not as lucky and a tree blew on their new car. But, since Roxanne is a glass half full type of a gal, she said if it had been the other way it would have been on their house. Basketball practice was canceled on Tuesday, so guess what, that means more help for chores. I feel like they play sports to get out of chores. Coco was down for chores on Tuesday, so Toni, Anna, Coco and I worked on the foals. Jaxsen fed Double and Kaine and Kade did front chores. Double Scotch got his head stuck in a panel at some point during the day Tuesday, he had some marks on his head and his lip was bleeding. We gave him some banamine and he really needed some love and attention.

Lily left on Wednesday, her new owner brought her father out for a tour before they left. While Toni was showing them around again she noticed the shed was blown over in the yearling colt pen. I am pretty sure we would have noticed that Tuesday night if the wind had done it then… But I guess it was getting dark by the time we did chores and it is over behind the cottonwood trees… Anyway, it was still cold on Wednesday. The gate was left open on Wednesday from getting Lily in, so a lot of the mares got in with the weanlings, and one weanling escaped, Cutter. Toni went down and got the mares out of the weanling pen, but wasn’t able to get the escapee back without running stuff around, so didn’t.

Happy Halloween. Toni took the 4 kids Trick or Treating. I brought pizza home from town for us to have for dinner. I worked on Chica and Summer Sky. Dad fed Double and helped me get through the gate to do chores. The kids got TONS of candy, and Toni caught up with all the neighbors and friends that they go visit. Toni also got some treats- apples, pickled asparagus, candy, apple butter, dried fruit, a bag of walnuts, more candy. It is not really a mystery why she volunteers to take the kids around.

Early Friday Dad drove up to Moses Lake to help our friends set up for the Western Showcase cattle show on Saturday. I guess they didn’t have very many volunteers, so it was a good thing he went. Friday we brought the four foals out of the corral and led them around the yard. They all did really good. Kaine and Kade worked on Double Scotch, Anna on Posie, Toni on Chica and I worked on Summer Sky. They all did great and we got pics of us. Kicker, Ben, and Dad went and got big straw bales Friday late afternoon, so that we are in ready mode when the bad weather hits.

Saturday was grandpa’s Celebration of Life. We left at 7:30 am to head in and set up. A bunch of the cousins got in there early, so getting everything ready went very smoothly. It was supposed to start at noon, but people started getting there at 10, so it was a good thing we were ready! It was great and well attended. There were approximately 500 people there, but we had plenty of food, great memories to discuss, and it was an awesome tribute to an amazing grandpa and person.


But we still had ranch work too, Kaine went with Ben to get straw so he did not help set up. They got the straw unloaded and in the barn. So now we have both big bales and little bales ready to go. After the Celebration of Life, Ben and Kicker headed home and did all of the chores, while, the kids, Toni and I stayed to clean up. We got home about 7 pm. Luckily there was some food leftover, so we didn’t have to contemplate what to make for dinner.

Sunday John came first thing to get Summer Sky, Chica, Double Scotch and his mini filly, Shine. We loaded them, which was easy thanks to Ben coming and pushing them in, and then got the whole herd in to wean foals and haul mares out. Toni, Anna, Coco and I got a lot done. Jill, Ainslee and Ellie showed up to get their two mini foals, Willy and Wonka, and played with some of the big foals for a minute while we finished up with the group we were on. They also took Bev the paint home to try to see if she and Ainslee get along. Since Kaine has taken Cad over we have not ridden Bev much this year. We got all of the mares wormed at the house. Ben and Kaine were down fixing the desert fence so we could get mares turned out, luckily it was just one shorter piece left to fix. Then Ben and I brought down grass hay. Toni and Ben put it out while I took the gooseneck back to get it out of the way. Anna and Coco finished up chores. Toni and I haltered Cutter, Cue and Double Down. Then, Anna, Kaine and I went out into the corn field and took pics of some show steers to send people. All in all, we got a lot done for a short Sunday with daylight savings (which we do not like). We were able to turn out 17 dry mares and get them out of the house pasture. With daylight savings, Toni and the kids are on their own for weekday chores as I won’t get home until 5:30 or o’dark thirty as Toni calls it.


We are hopeful that with the Celebration of Life over, we can start trying to figure out our new normal without Grandpa. We are just very thankful that we got to have him as part of our lives for as long as we did and that we have a treasure trove of memories stored up for the hard days. Again, thank you to everyone that came in body or in spirit, we know he was loved by many and will be missed.

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