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About KT Ranch

We raise quality NFQHA AQHA cowhorses as well as Braford, Angus and Hereford cattle.

In a blink she turned 17.

Happy birthday to the number 1 cowgirl that we were blessed with back in 2005. It has been a pleasure to watch the growth, maturity, and spunk that she exudes. Sometimes she can be a bit hardheaded, but we wouldn’t change her for the world.

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And in a blink our youngest cowboy is 12!

Jax keeps life interesting. He possesses a streak of sarcasm, wit that doesn’t stop, and a great sense of humor. We are proud of the young man he is becoming and can’t wait to see what he does as he continues to mature. Whatever else can be said about Jaxsen, life is never dull!

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Happy 14th Birthday to our dark haired cowboy!

Life wouldn’t be the same without your smiling face and positive attitude. None of us know how we got a kid that loves roping as much as you, but it makes life fun to learn new things.
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KT Special Edition “Joss”

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We can’t post enough to truly honor those that we have lost.

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We thank all of those that have kept us free. In memory on this Memorial Day 2022!

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KT GunnaBeAStar “The Joker”

Without a doubt, a colt this fancy and elite does not happen by accident. The versatility this colt brings to the arena is unmatched. He is by DP GunnaOutShinYa, NRHA $33,000+ and 2 AQHA pts, 2014 Congress Int. Open, Limited Open & Prime Time, Futurity Res. Champion, 2014 Tulsa Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity L2 Co-Res Champion as well as a L3 & L4 Futurity Finalist 2016 NRBC Limited Open Derby Finalist, 2018 Low Roller Reining Classic Open & Open Maturity Res. Champion. DP Gunnaoutshinya truly checks all the boxes of what we look for in a stallion.  “Boo” has had a stellar show career and is still sound. He is a dynamic turner, HUGE circler and an awesome stopper.  He has THE BEST disposition to go along with his athletic ability and is passing these qualities on to his foals. Sired by Gunnatrashya, NRHA 2 Million Dollar Sire.  NRHA Futurity Champion and Futurity Champion Sire. DP Gunnaoutshinya is out of Out Shinin Wimpy.  She was a top ten finalist in the NRHA Open Futurity & Open Derby, earning $55,000.  Out Shinin Wimpy has offspring earnings of $44,000+. Camie is a daughter of Star Chex Badger who was a son of Peppy San Badger and earner of $6,450.39 in NCHA earnings and a COA. This mare is a fancy bay rabicano with Doc Bar on her papers twice as well as Doc’s Malbec, Win or Lose, King Fritz, and is a granddaughter of NCHA cutting  mare Docs Star Chex who earned over $64,000.00 and a ROM. Camie has good bone and muscle as well as a kind eye. The color test is back on The Joker, he is A/a, N/SW1. So he is a rabicano, with a splash gene and has a black gene.

SIRE side of pedigree
NCHA money-earner
World Champion Offspring, Superior Performance Offspring, ROM Performance Offspring, NRHA Money-earners, NCHA Money-earners, Halter Point Earners, Performance Point Earners
Colonels Smoking Gun
Splash White with Bald Face/Blue Eyes
NRHA LTE $177,670.
1996 NRHA Open Futurity Res Champion
1998 NRHA Reserve Champion-tied
2001 Champion USET Reining Championship
APHA Hall of Fame
NRHA Hall Of Fame
9 Million Dollar Sire
Katie Gun
Wide Blaze/L.Fore & Both Hind Socks
Source of the SW2 Splash gene
AQHA Show H-0/P-85
ROM Performance
LTE $295.
#5 Leading Dam of NRHA Money Earned. Dam of 18 registered foals as of 2008. Of those, 14 have earned $513,772.64.
NRHA Hall of Fame
Dam of Money Earners:
Colonels Smoking Gun (QH/PT) ($177,226)
Hollywood Gotta Gun ($115,520)
Spooks Gotta Gun ($81,638)
Dun It Gotta Gun ($63,417)
Heres Your Shine ($40,000)
No Guns Please ($25,000)
This Guns For Nic ($19,698)
Guns R Ready ($1,681)
Guns Or Diamonds ($99)
7.6 Million Dollar Sire
Apron face, 4 socks, branded L. hip
Registered with AQHA & APHA
NRHA $224,298
2009 NRHA Open Futurity Finals Champion (with a final round score of 228.5)
2010 NRHA Derby Champion (score 235)
NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire
Tested: e/e, SW1 (Splash White 1)
Registered with APHA & AQHA
NRHA Hall of Fame (1996)
NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion
NRHA Derby Champion
NRHA Lazy E Champion
NRHA Superstakes Champion
Saddlesmith Champion
1992 NRHA Open Champion
NRHA Earnings $161,000.
LTE $11,554
Dam of Money Earners:
Gunnatrashya ($236,457)
Snow Gun ($129,857)
Nu Chex To Trash ($13,323)
My Royal Enterprise
LTE $18,960
Dam of Money Earners:
Shiney Enterprise($73,691)
My Royal Gun($37,300)
LITTLE ROYAL BH (Little Gump)($33,372)
MIFTER CLEAN (Mifillena)($34,476)
My Gunner Enterprise($29,665)
The Royaltys Smokin($15,148)
My Megalena (Mifillena)($6,052)
NRHA $33,000+ and 2 AQHA pts 2014 Congress Int. Open, Limited Open & Prime Time Futurity Res. Champion 2014 Tulsa Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity L2 Co-Res Champion as well as a L3 & L4 Futurity Finalist 2016 NRBC Limited Open Derby Finalist 2018 Low Roller Reining Classic Open & Open Maturity Res. Champion
Nu Chex To Cash
AQHA Show H-1.5/P-379
PHBA Show H-0/BR>The only horse in AQHA history to win both the Reining and Working Cow Horse high point titles the same year
2002 NRHA Intermediate & Limited Open World Champ.
2002 Non Pro & Int Non Pro Reserve World Champ.
PHBA World Champ Sr Reining & Senior Working Cow Horse.
NRHA $57,582.
NRCHA $2,491.
Multiple World Champ and World Champ Sire
Offspring have now won over $1,214,000.
Wimpys Little Step
Earned $185,757 as a 3-year-old
2002 NRHA Open Futurity Champion with the highest composite score in NRHA history (Score: 233)
2002 Congress Open Reining Futurity Champion
NRHA Futurity First Go-Round winner
Owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC, bred by Hilldale Farm
NRHA 10 Million Dollar Sire. Among his outstanding offspring, Wimpys Little Chic is NRHA’s highest money-earner, $514,755, and a 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee.
Leolita Step
#7 NRHA Broodmare List/2010
AQHA Leading Dam
Dam of: AQHA Reserve High Point Performance Offspring; Superior Performance Offspring;
ROM Performance Offspring; NRHA Money-earners; NRCHA Money-earners; World Show Qualifiers; Halter Point Earners.
Out Shinin Wimpy
Paternal sibling of WIMPYS LITTLE CHIC NRHA ONLY TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION, NRHA’s highest money-earner, $514,755, and a 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee. Paternal sibling of EARNINGS $10.6 Million
Shining Spark
AQHA Hall of Fame, World Champion, ROM Performance, NRHA money-earner, World Show Qualifier, AQHA Leading Sire, NRCHA Leading Sire with $3,000,000. NRHA $3,000,000 sire
Sire of:
World Champion Offspring, Reserve World Champion Offspring, Superior Performance Offspring, AQHA High Point Performance Offspring, ROM Halter Offspring, ROM Performance Offspring, NRHA Money-earners, NCHA Money-earners, World Show Qualifiers
Double registered AQHA & APHA2000 NRHA Futurity Int. Open Finalist
Lucky Lady Glo
Dam of 12 AQHA/NRHA Points and Money Earners. Last Owner: Joe Hayes, Gainsville Texas LUCKY LADY GLO, is on the NRHA Leading Producing Mares list. Offspring Earnings: $20,612.52. She has produced: Texas Classic Futurity Champion, South Country Slide Champion, Breeders Cup Non-Pro Champion. Dun Its Lucky Charm’s full sister, Lady Dun Glo was the NRHA Breeders Cup Champion; Dun Its Lucky Charm’s full sister, It’s a Lucky Chance was
DAM side of pedigree
Mr San Peppy
Besides being a two-time National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open World Champion in 1974 and 1976, MR SAN PEPPY also won the AQHA World Cutting Championship in 1976, becoming the first horse ever to win both titles in the same year. Then, in 1978, he became the first horse to ever win over $l00,000 in open cutting competition. The pinnacle of his career occurred in 1974, when he became the youngest horse ever to be inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame. Sire of 1,328 foals. He is a full brother to PEPPY SAN and MISS LEO PEPPY. Inducted into AQHA Hall of Fame in 2011.
Peppy San Badger
AQHA & NCHA Hall of Fame (2008)
NCHA $172,711+
#4-leading cutting horse sire of all time. Sired earners of over $28,000,000.00+
3 Times NCHA World Champion Cutting
Reserve World Champion
1980 NCHA (Open)
Bronze Silver Gold Platinum ROM Perf
1978 Open Perf Pt Earner
Sugar Badger
Dam of:
Hall of Fame Offspring, NCHA
Superior, Halter Offspring
Superior Performance Offspring
AQHA Champion Offspring
NCHA Money-earners
Star Chex Badger
NCHA $6,451
Doc Bar
AQHA Show H-36/P-0
ROM Halter
AQHA Race SI:75/A, 4-0-0-1, $95.
Leading sire of AQHA Champions, NCHA Champions, and Arena ROMs. Offspring earned $1,178,484 in cutting.
SIRE OF: 487 foals, 1960-1978. 323 performing foals. World Ch 9, Reserve World Ch 4, Top Ten World Show Offspring, Superior Halter.
AQHA Hall of Fame
Docs Star Chex
AQHA Show H-3/P-12
ROM Performance
NCHA $65,189
1978 Open NCHA Cutting Horse Futurity-4th
Dam of Money Earners: MNY Peppy Star Rio ($188,468); Star Chex Badger ($6,451)
Kingetta Chex
AQHA Open H-1/P-0
Dam of 4 AQHA Performance point earners including Youth World Champion Cutting Horse, Doc’sa My Chex, Docs Star Chex, NCHA $64,189, Ima Peppy Chex, NCHA $14,178 and Smartetta Chex, NCHA $8,309.
Sugars Badger Doll, “Camie”Doc Bar
AQHA Show H-36/P-0
ROM Halter
AQHA Race SI:75/A, 4-0-0-1, $95.
Leading sire of AQHA Champions, NCHA Champions, and Arena ROMs. Offspring earned $1,178,484 in cutting.
SIRE OF: 487 foals, 1960-1978. 323 performing foals. World Ch 9, Reserve World Ch 4, Top Ten World Show Offspring, Superior Halter.
AQHA Hall of Fame
Docs Melbec
1977 CRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity World Champion Stallion
1978 Cow Palace Hackamore Classic Champion
Sire of Reining and cutting horses earning over $175,000 in the futurity
Sire of AQHA Versatility Award winner
Isla Tivio
AQHA Show H-21/P-12
ROM Halter
ROM Performance
NCHA $12
5 cutting, 7 reining
14 foals, 6 pt earning performers, ROM Show:
Imperial Isle(66c)by Island King
Docs Malbec(74c)by Doc Bar
Docs Acey Deucey(74c)by Doc Bar
Winnie MalbecWin or Lose
AQHA Show Record: H-3/P-0
AQHA Champion
AQHA Race SI-75/A
Race Record: 1-1-0-0, $100
Sired ROM Race offspring: Mr Win Agin (1972)out of Blackshear(TB)
El Betsy WinEl Rojo Encina
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First foal for 2022! First Tank foal! And First Colt! Lots of white.

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Happy Birthday to Kellie!

We couldn’t do all that we do without her. She keeps us in line, keeps us going to shows, and makes sure we don’t build fence in the winter (at least wood fence). Looking forward to many more years to come.

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The month of November is all about being thankful.

Where has this month gone?? Monday Coco left for CA, and Toni went down and helped her load Money and Penny to take back with her. On Toni’s way to check the cows, she found a trucker sitting at my house with a load of pellets that we had ordered. The poor guy didn’t have Ben or my number so was just sitting there hoping someone would appear to show him where to dump the pellets. These are a weight gainer pellet for the show cattle. We are excited to see if it works. We bought a semi load, so lets hope they do. Dad broke his glasses so went to Kahlotus to get a new pair. Toni was busy with clients most of the day and did not get lunch until almost 2, you like to get Toni lunch at noon, or she gets hangry. Toni tied Benjamina to Tulip Monday and broke another lead rope. Kade had a basketball game in Mattawa, but since he had a concussion, he could not play. But he went to support his team and keep score, or something like that. The rest of the kids came home and did chores.

Tuesday Toni tied Benjamina up to Tulip again, she did really good on Day 2. Toni had virtual court and wore her new leopard print kimono she got for her birthday. Anna is driving everyone to school, so they get home to do chores a lot earlier. It is pretty great because chores are now getting done mostly during the daylight hours. This deal with having a 16 year old is really slick.

Wednesday was a half day, Kaine and Kade went duck hunting with Kicker and did not go to school. Anna and Jaxsen went, the roads were slick in the morning, but she drove great. There was only 4 of us at work, so 3 of us decided to get Seoul Fusion for lunch. Anna went and picked up lunch when school was over so the people at home ate Burger Factory, as is their tradition on ½ days. Benjamina and Kit Kat are the two foals that are in and are both doing really great. Benjamina is just tough minded, but once she gets it, she gets it. Kit Kat is a Leroy so was “perfect” until Wednesday. Wednesday is the day we found out she doesn’t like to cross water. Some foals you can work through issues with a minimal amount of effort. Others are hardcases. Kit Kat is a self assured filly that wants to do what she wants to do, and getting her pretty little hooves wet isn’t something she likes. Toni worked with her for over 40 minutes, most of that in the dark. At the end she went into the water forward, backward, sideways, but not happily. And this isn’t deep water, this is a puddle in the driveway. The trust component can be one of the harder concepts to train into a foal. There are horses that trust naturally, and they are usually pretty easy to work with and break to ride. They may not be your super smart horses, or they could be. Then you have the independent thinkers that you have to gain their trust over time, through repetition, effort, carefully, so you don’t set yourself backward. There is still a third group of horses that have no trust, are not people pleasers, and are not smart- we try to have zero horses in that last category. Kit Kat is a thinker. She may be a challenge, but we are up for it.

Happy Thanksgiving. We had our low-key, friends and family celebration where we gave thanks for everything we have and everyone that is in our lives. After a huge feast we played an aggressive round of spoons. We have some competitive people in our family, finger nails got broke. Lots of laughs and memories made. After our big meal, Toni and I went down, Toni walked Kit Kat back through the puddle, then turned her out. We got Blackie’s colt in. He was already halter broke but Chad was coming out on Friday so we needed to get him in so Anna and Ben could be efficient with their Chad time. Blackie’s colt is a typical Double- easy. We got all of our chores done then went home to eat leftovers.

Friday we went to Uncle Don’s Funeral. It was good to see family, but a pretty sad reason to see everyone. Aunt Phyllis wanted the service to be small due to covid concerns, so a skeleton group from Connell went to the funeral. Those of us that went got to meet Uncle Doug’s fiance Ruth. Uncle Doug’s wife Gladys passed away about a yearish ago. We are all extremely happy that he found someone. While we were in Hermiston celebrating Uncle Don’s life, Ben, Anna, and Kaine were at home helping Chad get through the long list of horses that needed to get trimmed. The list didn’t get completed, but they made good progress.

Saturday we got straw. That took most of the morning. They are little bales that we can stack in the barn, so hand load going on the trailer, and hand load coming off the trailer for stacking. We checked cows a couple of times. We have some heavy cows that are ready to calve. Per the norm, we fixed fence. Did chores, checked the horses. I had to listen to Ben tell me how much he doesn’t like certain horses that they had trimmed on Friday. I don’t really listen to him about the horses. Ben and I got ready to leave for Idaho.

Sunday Ben and I left early for our trip to Idaho to attend Ben’s sister-in-law Trisha Gail’s funeral. This is our third trip in a few short months. Toni, Kicker, and the boys came back from Clarkston. Benjamina got loaded out to her new home. Benjamina, being Benjamina, refused to load. She never blew up, didn’t hurt anyone, nothing like that, just wouldn’t load. Kicker finally was asked to come down and help assist her into the trailer. Everyone was pretty fatigued after working with her for over an hour. After Benjamina left, Freckled Son got to come in and get haltered. Because it is so muddy, Toni actually hooked him to Tulip to get him across the driveway into the far pen for halter breaking. Freckled Son got renamed to Ol Son. It took about 15 seconds for him to get the pressure release of leading. He is very smart and responsive. We are glad he isn’t a filly, which he was supposed to be a filly, we would keep him if he was. He has a really fun pedigree. Plus bay is one of our favorite colors.

We have been getting really fun videos from Jordan Pace who is riding our two young studs, King and Tank. King was started last year by our good friend and great cutter, Tim Johnson, so King was already ahead of Tank. But both studs are doing great with Jordan. Jordan has moved back to the Prosser area where he is building a very nice training facility. If anyone wants to go see Tank or King while they are with Jordan, just contact us and we can give you Jordan’s contact. We will be standing both of these studs to the public for 2022 for a limited number of mares. We had 2 foals out of King this year, both selling quickly. We bred Tank to some powerhouse mares, so are very excited to see what we get out of him in 2022. We are pretty stoked about both of these studs.

The month of November is all about being thankful. We are thankful for our friends, family, our ability to lead this life. We have been very blessed and we recognize that fact and are thankful everyday. So thank you for reading this blog and being part of it all.

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