Monday morning was brisk, but at least the sun was out. The boys all had football practice. Anna and Jaxsen did most of chores, before he went to practice, and then Toni and I worked on the foals. We hooked Nevada to Tulip, this is her second day on her. I led Dual Again around while Tulip led Nevada. Toni worked on Rog and Spark. Anna went home to feed the new show animals and lead them and let them go. Ben and Kicker were out fixing circles, we only have water for another week or so, so you need to get the last soaks in. and FYI, Ben and Kicker work on circles and chase water basically every night when water is on, I just don’t always mention it.
Tuesday morning was a little colder and a little darker, definitely fall weather. I am glad we are not in the weather stream for all of your areas that got snow. I had lots of snow snaps on Tuesday morning. Brad Cox delivered our cow, calf and heifer from Traynhams Ranches, Brett met him there to pick up his two pair and Stacy also came around the same time to pick up Adrian and Emmett’s heifers from the Evergreen sale. Toni took Jaxsen into get team football pics and pick the other two boys up after football pictures were done. That took until around 7, which was dark so I don’t know if they had the stadium lights on for pictures? Toni and Anna had done most of chores, but I still had to move dad’s water, since he was harvesting until late, worked on Nevada and Dual, Nevada did great and did not have to be tied to Tulip. Fed Stinger and Annie, moved Regan around and fed her. So I was busy until Toni got home with the boys.
Wednesday Toni loaded Spark and Regan and sent them on their way to CA. They loaded great and left at first light. Spark went to a new customer that hasn’t been here before, hasn’t met us, and had never seen Spark before she got here. That is always nerve wracking, but she absolutely loved Spark. Spark is our first foal out of King to be shipped. We had 2 this year, one sold to CA and one to OK. Both are excellent babies. Wednesday afternoon, the two big boys had football games in Connell, so Toni did chores early so she could go watch Kade. It was Kade’s first jr high game with the 7th grade team. When she was done with chores and about to head home, Hayley called to tell her that there were horses out at Hayley’s house. Toni didn’t think the horses could possibly be ours because Hayley lives a couple of miles away. Toni went anyway and much to her dismay found Gunner and Sagebug in Hayley’s yard. Toni got in touch with Ben and they finally got them home. On the way home, Gayle and Ken’s longhorn steer jumped out (Ben says he just stepped over the fence) of his single wire, low hot fence to join the party and was also out. Kendel came out to help them get him in. So after the studs got put back, then the steer, who has a huge rack of horns, also had to be got in and put back. Kendel went up and tightened her parent’s fence so that it might possibly keep him in for the future. Gunner had destroyed the wood fence so all of the studs had to be moved around. Leroy got moved up to Toni’s house, Gunner went in Sagebug’s pen, Sagebug went into Gunner’s pen. Toni did not make it to Kade’s game. They finished moving, sorting, and fixing when the game was over. Kade made a touchdown and an extra point for his team along with multiple sacks. Kaine also had a good game, which I got to see, with lots of great blocking and sacks. And Toni added most of this about the studs and Longhorn, I was not there, I was at the football game.
Thursday morning Toni had to go to in person court again. After work was done we worked on foals. Jaxsen had a game in Mattawa, so Toni, Marlo and Jaxsen went to Mattawa at 4. Kaine and Kade had practice, so came home on the activity bus. I dropped Kade off at his house, Anna was finishing up the steer and heifer chores, I dropped Kaine off to help her finish cleaning the barn. We also had our friend John deliver a black stallion for us to try. He is a son of Smart Lil Highbrow, who won $97k. We don’t know if we will be standing him in 2022, but we are seeing how he adjusts to our ranch.
Friday there was not any practice, so Kaine and Kade helped with chores and their steers after school. They got to lead foals, it helps having new people for stranger danger. We also had Marlo on Friday to work on stranger danger. And Toni got some good pics of Marlo for a social media deal at Lovejoy Farms, Marlo’s family farm.
Saturday everyone went different directions, or almost everyone. Ben, Kicker, Kade and Kaine went hunting with cousin Manny, this was the first time Kaine and Kade had been deer hunting. They were pretty excited. They did not see anything they could shoot, but did see lots of deer. Toni took Jaxsen to Royal for a football game, poor Jaxsen injured his ankle, luckily it was the last game of the season. Anna, Logan and I went to Pomeroy to get some more show steers from Jana Koller. Anna, Logan and I got home and unloaded the seers, then I rolled up wire at the bottom of the corn field and put out mineral. Toni got home and we went down and haltered foals. We have Nevada and Dual leaving Monday so getting them ready along with the other foals we need to get to their new homes. Then a poodle male came to breed Lynn, so Anna, Logan and I left and left Toni there on her own. Ben, Kicker, Kaine and Kade got home to do the cow chores. Mom wanted a gate in the old mare pen to walk through when the weather gets bad, so Toni put that in.
Sunday Ben, Kicker, Kaine and Kade went hunting again in the morning, they went to different places this time. Again, nothing they could shoot. Anna tied up the steers and heifers and then washed hers an started clipping them. We had meat buyers come out on Sunday, and actually on Friday as well. Then we went to Jaxsen’s house for his birthday party. We had tacos and banana cream pie. After that we tied up the Texas steers, Anna kept clipping and the boys worked on theirs. Toni and I loaded Nevada and Dual Again since they were leaving on Monday. We also went ahead and loaded Rog, just so we can get her really used to loading. She is the spitting image of Leroy and acts just like him too. She pretty much stands there and lets us do whatever, but has perfected the horse eye roll if you hug on her neck too long. Then we tied PBJ to Tulip. I took Tulip back to my house to tie steers too. Toni and Mom aren’t too happy about Tulip leaving, so I kept having to reassure them that I will bring her back.
Wow, we have been busy this week. Time just flies with so much to get done. We have a full plate of things to accomplish before winter, but we are getting through the list. One of the questions we have been asked this week a few times, is why do we have Jackpot and King for sale? Jackpot and King are studs we have raised and really reallly like. They are great horses with tons of potential. We really don’t want to sell them, but we have quite a few studs hanging around. We would like to get a black based stud that isn’t related to ½ of our mares. King is super cool, hz black, one copy of the roan gene, and fancy, but he is related to quite a few of our mares. And he is related to Double and Tank, two of our other studs. Jackpot isn’t as related to our herd, but he is a crème based stud and we have way too many of those. It is a hard decision to put studs up for sale. You put a lot of thought into a breeding program along with the emotional investment. We have the two for sale priced at what we think they are worth, so we will see. It won’t break anyone’s heart if they don’t sell. And mom does not want to sell King at all, he is her favorite, so the price literally gets added and taken off all of the time. It is back off now I think.
KT 704 Hometown Domino 005 is a fancy bull calf by KT 10Y Hometown 704, a 10Y Son, and out of KT Ms Domino 401, a daughter of UPS Domino 3027. KT 10Y Hometown 704 is by NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET, “10Y,” and out of KT Ms Rusila 315T, “Rus.” 10Y is a Hereford 10-Trait Leader! He is balanced in the flesh … Balanced on paper! Functional, deep, thick, big topped and bred to produce! Three NJW calf crops have had an avg. BW 85 lbs. His NJW daughters are “right on” with plenty of body, fleshing ability and are super mothers. KT Ms Rusila 315T is a daughter of BVR Raftsman 028X ET. She is a great cow that the kids showed in 2014. KT 10Y Hometown 704 is a bull calf with extra shape, substance, style and length. He’s square hipped, big-topped, proud, upstanding, and red to the ground. This is a bull calf with great maternal power. T005 was born 1/23/20 and has a 72 lb actual BW. He has a .3 BW EPD, 42 WW EPD and 70 YW EPD. $2,500
KT Ms Hometown Dominio 004 is a bred heifer by KT 10Y Hometown 704 and out of BB Ms 2007 BJ Domino 0041. KT 10Y Hometown 704 is by NJW 73S W18 Hometown 10Y ET, “10Y,” and out of KT Ms Rusila 315T, “Rus.” 10Y is a Hereford 10-Trait Leader! He is balanced in the flesh … Balanced on paper! Functional, deep, thick, big topped and bred to produce! 004T Was born 2/09/20 $2,000 https://www.myherd.org/web/USHF/Animal/Enquiry?key=Bzuiy4ksa0KkD9P1elwMMg%3D%3D
KT Jackpot City
Sire: City Smarts.
Dam: Lenas Abbie N Charge
Date Born: 8/21/14
Color: Dun, he is color tested as e/e, A/a, N/Cr, D/N
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Jackpot is a really pretty moving dun stallion, he is bred for performance deluxe. “Abbie” is a daughter of Smart Like Lena with Mr. Charge Bar on the bottom side. Smart Like Lena is a son of Smart Little Lena and has lifetime earnings of over $89,000.00 a ROM in cutting, and has sired offspring earning over $100,000 in NCHA money. Many people think of Mr. Charge Bar, on Abbie’s bottom side, as a racehorse, which he was, but he also was an NCHA money earner, had 33 AQHA performance points, 11 halter points, and an SI of 75. City Smarts is by An Educated Guess, 385 reining points, and the highest point earning son of Smart Chic Olena. This is a pretty moving stallion with tons of ability. As on July 2019 Jackpot is 14.3 hands tall. Click here for Jackpot 5 Panel Test, he’s negative on his 5 panel.
KT King of Blue
Sire: Shining Blue DR, “Bish.”
Dam: KT Copper Queen Isabelle, “Izzy,”
Date Born: 5/22/18.
Color: King has been color tested as a true blue roan that is homozygous black mane and tail. E/E, a/a.
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King is a fancy blue roan stallion with a deluxe pedigree. Bish is a very good looking son of Autumnator, who is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA. Smart Little Lena is earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Op Ch. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON is an earner of $244,470 NCHA. Dam of 26 foals, 17 perfs earning $1,003,985 NCHA/WS. Bish’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark . Izzy is out of Captains Double Coy and KT Copper Queen Cleo. Izzy’s pedigree includes many greats like Major Bonanza, Sizzlin Hot, Major King, Docs Dee Bar and more. King was in training with Tim Johnson winter 2020 and just went back to into training with Jordan Pace.
We have come to the realization that this year TJ Sheppard’s song, “I Love them Everyone,” refers to our foals, Big, Little, short or tall, I wish I coulda kept them all. Every time we halter break a new one we have said, “I am glad this one is sold, I want to keep it.” But we are like that most years. It is really a positive that we like our foals that much, but it makes it hard to sell them.
Monday Toni had court first thing, then her and Jeannie took King and Tank to Jordan’s, King for a riding refresher and Tank to be started. They picked up Jeanie and Josslin’s mares and brought them back. FYI, Tank had never left the ranch before and only been in a trailer one time to go to Toni’s house. So he was doing great, even though Rick and John were messing with the irrigation circle when Toni was trying to load him by herself without any grain. Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen had football practice, so Toni ran Jaxsen back in, Kaine and Kade’s was after their Jr High practice. Toni, Anna and I worked on the foals. We tied Spark to Tulip, Toni and Anna worked on Ivy and Gunz, I led Roger for a bit and then tied her up. I led Peter Pan for a bit, and then Toni loaded him in the trailer along with Gunz to get them ready to leave this week. Then I went and picked the boys up and ran a check out to Grandmas for Joe to take to James Bright when he picks up the steers.
Toni had to go to court again on Tuesday, this is a crazy court week for her. She had to actually go in person. Peter Pan was supposed to leave at noon, so Toni should have had enough time to go home and change out of her court attire before loading Peter Pan, but the people were early. Toni loaded Peter Pan, with the help of his new owner Sandra, in her suit. He loaded great and she only got a tiny bit dirty. The boys had a game in Mattawa, and it was moved up to 4. I went home and got Toni and we went to Mattawa for the game. Toni ran Jaxsen’s gear to mom and dads first so that Kicker could take him into practice. Anna and Jaxsen did chores, and then Anna went to do some stuff around our house and she made dinner. The game in Mattawa was good, we tied 6 to 6. Neither team had enough kids for 7 and 8 grade games, so we had mixed 7th and 8th grade teams.
Wednesday started out with Toni taking Spark in to get her travel papers, and she took Tulip as a chaperone. The gals at the vet clinic were pretty impressed with Tulip. They couldn’t believe we bought a “long ears.” She said both did great. We continued halter breaking foals. Ben got done with harvest so will actually be home for his birthday for once. Yeah.
Thursday was Ben’s birthday, Happy Birthday Ben, he was the big 45. Brita and Austin came to get Ivy. They had just gotten married on Tuesday so we gave them a basket of goodies along with their horse. We have known Brita and Austin for a few years now and have enjoyed getting to know them. Ivy loaded like a champ out in the middle of the driveway, so she was sent on her way. Toni then moved Rog over with Gunz. I brought home dinner for Ben’s birthday. Jaxsen had a football game, they played well, it was in Connell. Jaxsen had a fumble recovery that Mom and Toni got to see. I hear it was really cold at the game.
Friday Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I went to Ellensburg for the Evergreen Angus Sale. We went on Friday because I am on the Angus board and I had a meeting at 2:30, but I told Toni 2 so we would get there on time. We were three minutes early, and Toni did find out that the meeting was at 2:30 and called me a liar. She confiscated my sunglasses for the day as payment. I went to the meeting while Toni and the kids checked into the hotel, got fuel, and looked at all the heifers. We had quite a few marked in the catalog to look at. We need 2 more show heifers for the 2022 show season. Then we had the banquet on Friday night. We had a good time, sat with our Lyyski cousins, and we bought an apple pie made by Randy Kessler for dessert. We took lemon bars for the auction that mom made, but they sold too high for us to buy them for our dessert. Mom was worried they wouldn’t sell well but they sold too well so she needs to do a better job of making them look bad so we can afford them. The big drama was that we were supposed to bring 150 potatoes for the potato bar for lunch on Saturday that Toni left in her car. So if anyone in the Connell area needs potatoes, we have a bunch. Our good friend Cara came to the rescue and asked Tim’s Cascade Potato Chips for the potatoes which they so graciously donated to the Jr. Angus Association. So Cara and Tim’s Cascade saved the day.
Saturday was the sale, we got up and went to breakfast with Lyyskis. The kids don’t know what to do without animals to take care of. So we hung out with Bobbette, Parker, Jill and Ryan until the sale. Our friend Sarah came over to visit us, which was really nice. The kids picked out some heifers to buy. We got two of them, and tried to get one more. And we got two for Adrian and Emmett. Ryan Cotton called us on the way home and we found out we also got two heifers at the Seldom Rest sale, so the kids are pretty excited. Now we just have to get them here from Michigan. We got home, unloaded the heifers and then went and did chores. Jaxsen had a game in Ephrata on Saturday, he played well.
Sunday we loaded out Gunz in the morning in the windiest windstorm we have had in 2021. Luckily Gunz is a great filly and didn’t let that bother her too bad. After we loaded her out we then had Ben’s birthday party. We had to get our dry mares in, get one mare out of there to send to CA, so a lot of work for one mare since you have to get the whole pen in and sort them. We tried to just walk out and catch the mare we needed, but with the weather and their knowledge of our ways, none of the mares were going to let us catch them. We moved Spark over with Roger and put Nevada in with Dual Again. We tied Nevada to the donkey for 20 min or so. We got the six mares in at mom and dad’s and moved them down to the dry mare pen since their foals have been weaned a week. Then uncle Joe got home from Texas with the steers, so we ran over to Connell to get them and took him some cookies and a piece of Ben’s birthday cake. He gave the birthday cake to grandma since it had coconut on it. The TX steers are a little on the small side, but once we get them on feed they should grow into their potential.
It has been a super busy, but exciting week at the ranch as we ship foals out to their new homes. It is sad to see them go, but so rewarding to see them with their new owners. This year was very interesting because we sold quite a few foals to new customers that bought the foals sight unseen off of the internet. It is nerve wracking to sell foals this way. Luckily everything has worked out so far, and we hope it continues. These are great foals and we love them, everyone!