KT Golden Starlight is a very attractive palomino colt by Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel,” and out of KT Ruths Golden Girl. Colonel is a son of Tamalight, winner of $21,492.10 in NCHA dollars and COA. Colonel’s dam is Wright on Sugarnic, winner of the Cascade Cutters Futurity. KT Ruths Golden Girl, Goldy, is a really nice mare by Zinks Major Kid and out PDQ Rikki Tikki Lee, “Sissy” that we have kept to use on the ranch. She is Ben’s pick to ride. She is a really nice mare that Toni took to the Othello fair and she was shown halter and western equitation and Ben uses her to rope and general ranch work. This colt has a fantastic pedigree, an unbeatable confirmation, and a fantastic disposition. He was born 5/16/20. $3,500
KT Shining Cue Tee is a stunning blue roan out of Cue Bars Cue Tee, “Payton,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bishop.” Payton is an NRCHA and NRHA money earner raised, shown and owned by Allison Trimble of the Coastal Equine breeding program. Payton is still owned by Coastal Equine and this mare comes with the history and strength of the Allison Trimble, Coastal Equine, and Willfully Guided names. Payton is by Cue Bars Laddie and is out of Mickeys Royal. Mickeys Royal is an NRCHA, NRHA producing mare. Cue Bars Laddie has been shown as a reiner, cowhorse and rope horse. He was the recipient of the Open AQHA All Around Trophy and is a CCHA Hall of Fame Horse. Bishop 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. Bishop’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark. It was born 5/15/20. This is a very agile foal with a lot of flex and would make a fantastic performance horse. $3,500
Long days with late sunsets allow for too many hours of work, but when you love the life you live, there really isn’t much to complain about.
We had four steers butchered and go to TLC Monday morning. We will have more in August or September if anyone needs one. With all of the fairs canceling we have a lot of shows steers that need to be sold to benefit the kids. Anna had a Dr apt Monday afternoon, so dad brought her down and met me at work and I took her over. Toni had taken Kade and Jaxsen in for dental appointments earlier in the day, so we clearly didn’t coordinate that very well. Anna and I were at the doctor until late, so Toni, Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen chopped thistles, went and got Dee to bring up to the house to take to the vet, and then did chores. We had some gentlemen show up as they drove by the house Monday night and buy Blackie’s colt. I got home to our AC not working and the house was 80 degrees, Ben said that means the filter needs changed, which we had discussed on Sunday since it seemed like the house was a few degrees warmer. I changed the filter and that did not help. So Ben worked on it for a while, after I called him, and the fan was not kicking on. We still have the AC window in, we have not taken it out yet, so we tuned it on, and opened the windows since Monday night was cool. However, Chester sat outside our window all night barking. Oh the joys of a border collie.
On Tuesday Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and Lucy took Dee to Sagehill Vet to get an ultrasound and the three steers and heifer to get health and brand to go to New Plymouth. When they got home the yearling colts were out in the haystack. Mostly it was just Tank and Cue playing with King over the fence. Yearlings letting the two year old stud know that they weren’t afraid of him. They had gone over a fence, but were easy to put back in. We are working on their fence, putting in continuous fence, so they have panels on one side, and Shiner can get the chains unhooked on the panels. So as he is opening them we are rechaining them and tying with twine. After chores Toni and I put in more posts for the continuous fence and the kids went and fed their steers and cleaned out the barn. Knowing Cupcake and Double Shot were leaving on Wednesday after Toni got done with Court, we locked Cupcake in and moved Double Shot to the house. He is such a good yearling that it was no big deal.
Wednesday, July 1st, where has the year gone?? Toni had court in the morning, then headed down to load out Cupcake and Double Shot. But first everyone wanted to go see the colt they are buying so they went down to Sagebug’s pen. Cupcake and Double Shot loaded like champs. Double Shot has never had an issue loading and seems to like it. Maybe a little like Gunner? Dad went up and watched the kids clip their steers, and then checked them out. After chores the three older kids went to work on their steers and Toni, Jaxsen and I went down to build fence at the lake to move the bulls down there. We finished and then put the solar fencer on it. There are A LOT of weeds. Really tall weeds, which means too many bugs. Hopefully the bulls can get them knocked down. We normally put Colonel’s pen down there but this year a bunch of the fence needed to be replaced and this was a low priority. Dad has sprayed it once, but that had little impact.
Thursday the kids loaded the trailer and worked on their steers and heifer. Toni and the kids headed down and helped load the bulls to go to the lake pen, then went and chopped thistles in Circle 6. Toni was able to touch all of the foals in that pen and Blue Bug was a pain in the butt because he needs attention all of the time. But that just makes him cute. Thursday was also my Friday because Friday is the celebrated 4th of July. After chores Toni and I put in some more posts in at the corral. Our goal was to have the posts in so that we could put the first leg of continuous fence up over the weekend (when I am gone).
Friday we had a lot of projects going on, fencing, moving animals around to more grass, etc. In the afternoon Ben, Kaine and I went over to Connell to get cousin Jay’s mini Peterbuilt, he let us borrow it to go to New Plymouth so the kids had more room. After chores Toni and I put the last of the posts into our first section of continuous fence. Uncle Skip came down Friday and we went to Toni’s after chores and had a small BBQ since the three older kids, Ben and I would be in New Plymouth on the 4th. Basically Toni and I kind of forgot about the BBQ, so it was a thrown together kind of a deal. Mom had made potato salad and the rest of the food was what we found in the refrigerator. For dessert we had cheesecake that had been previously opened, but we put enough stuff on it, you couldn’t tell that it was freezer burnt!
Saturday was the 4th of July, Happy 4th everyone. Friday morning Ben, the kids, Toni and I finished loading the trailer and then we headed to pick up McKenna on our way to new Plymouth to a livestock show. We arrived there around 4, we got unpacked, washed the steers and heifer, weighed them in and then went to our hotel in Ontario. I don’t know if we will go to a jackpot on the 4th anymore that we have to spend the night, it was a long sleepless night with fireworks going off until 2 in the morning and we were getting up and 4:30.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch Toni, Kicker and Jaxsen were working on the continuous fence. Easier said than done! Even though we had put a bunch of posts in, some of those had to come out and be re-set. The tractor didn’t want to cooperate. We still had to drill holes in the brackets we were using. Basically there was just a small learning curve that was dealt with. They got about 100 feet of fence put up, in the heat, before they called it a day. Then they went down to the lake for 2 hours with the cousins for some relaxation on the 4th. Then they had to do all of the chores. Luckily Marlo was there to house sit for me again so she helped with the calves.
Sunday was show day, we got up early and got our animals washed. The show was supposed to start at 9, but a lot of late entries arrived Sunday morning so it did not get started until around 10:30. However, everyone was still in good spirits. They started with showmanship, oldest to youngest, so McKenna and Foxy were first, they did great, it was a really hard class. Then Intermediates, Kaine and Austin and Anna and Freddy were both in the same class and made it back to the championship round. Lastly Kade was a Jr in Idaho, him and Goldmember were awesome and were the champion Jr showman.
Next was Market, Anna and Kaine were both third in their class and Kade was fourth, they all showed really good. Kaine was asked to show someone else’s steer too, since there were two in the same class, and he did a great job showing that steer as well. McKenna and Foxy were 4th in their breeding class, but we had a lot of complements outside the ring about Foxy, and she was recognized from her Sasquatch Showdown win video. Ben, Anna, Kaine and Kade had washed the steers and packed up all of the stuff while McKenna and I waited for Foxy to go in. So we washed her, ate our lunch burritos and headed home. There were a couple of WA kids there, and 4 in the 509 show circuit, and all of them made it at least back to the championship round, and two won their divisions, we are happy and proud of all of the kids.
Toni, Kicker and Jaxen started early. Toni and Marlo had to feed the 7 bottle calves first thing. Then Toni saw that the bulls had gotten out and so had Pony. So she headed down and fixed that fence. After that, her and Kicker got 811 in to go to our friends Chico and Cindy who are borrowing him to breed their cows. He was pretty easy to get in. Then Toni and Jax went to chop thistles, fix a gate, check the horses, and get the yearling bulls in before lunch. After lunch, they got some more bulls in and moved, fixed more fence, then went to work on the continuous fence again. Toni pretty much hates it at this point, but it looks really good. They got a gate post cemented in and some panels blocking areas that they took fence down to build this fence. Jax had called his grandma earlier in the day and told her he needed some pie, and maybe she could make some pie because he was being so helpful with the other kids gone. Of course she agreed! Jax and Toni finished chores at mom and dad’s, turned out Pistol, fed and watered, put more brackets on the fence, got the big solar fencer up and really hot, got another fencer on another fence, then we all showed up to eat pie. We might have been tired when we got home, but we weren’t so tired we couldn’t go have pie. It was rhubarb strawberry with a perfectly flaky crust.
After the pie we all went back to my house for more chores, doctoring, monitoring, checking, fixing a little more fence. The kids had pretty much unpacked everything. Ben and Kicker took the mini- Pete back to Jay. At this point, we are hunting for more shows to go to, but haven’t found any. The kids still have their main show animals on show rations, but we may have to put an end to that if there aren’t going to be anymore shows.
Note that the caption is NOT which stud is the best, because we think they are all the best, that is why they are here! Each of these studs has a dynamic personality that has made a permanent place on our ranch for each of them. With breeding season almost at its end, I thought it would be fun to share some of their quirks. Going oldest to youngest, if I can remember their right age.
- Double- Is a total stalker. If you are in his pen, he needs his neck hugged so hard you think your back is going to pop.
- Leroy- If you don’t pet him before you go take a dip out in the lake, Leroy will swim out to you to get petted. He wants to be invited to every party.
- Colonel- Loves shoes and human feet.
- Dude- Is a babysitter of any foal and loves to eat raspberries off of the raspberry bush.
- Gunner- hasn’t met a trailer that he won’t load into, if you want him to or not.
- Jackpot- Still young enough that he thinks he is still a foal and wants to be treated like one and play with the foals out in his field.
- Sagebug- Believes that vehicles are his scratching post and has broke the driver’s side mirror off of Toni’s pu. He also has been known to put his head in pu windows and eat items off of the seat.
We have some real characters out here.
KT Stars Go Blue is an impressive filly with a pedigree that speaks for itself. She is out of Blue Eyed Reflection, a daughter of Colonels Reflection, a point earning stallion and son of Colonel Freckles. She is out of Reba Lynx, who was a daughter of Docs Lynx with One Gun on the bottom side. Blue Eyed Reflection’s full brother has his ROM and her sister is a barrel horse. VERSATILE! This colt’s sire is Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel,” who is a son of Tamalight; winner of $21,492.10 in NCHA dollars and COA. Colonel’s dam is Wright on Sugarnic, winner of the Cascade Cutters Futurity. Wright on Sugarnic is by Lenas Wright On, World Champion Jr. Working Cow Horse, Reserve World Champion Jr. Reining, ROM, AQHA point earner. Wright on Sugarnic’s dam, Just Plain Sugari, has NCHA earnings of $111.31 and is an AQHA point earner. She is a granddaughter of Smart Little Mesa, Slide Me Again and Just Plain Colonel, who are all money and pt earners. In addition to this dazzling pedigree, this filly is ELEGANT with lots of chrome. She was born 5/06/20. $3,500
Although I don’t think we are known for producing roan foals, we seem to have quite a few! We have a couple of roan fillies for sale, that are black based with phenomenal pedigrees. KT Shine on a Dime is out of Bishop and Sissy, we have kept 2 half sisters to this filly that we have ridden on the ranch. She is priced at $3000. KT Shining Cue Tee is out of Bishop and a money earning mare, Cue Bars Cue Tee, and could potentially be hz black and hz roan. She is priced at $3500.00.
KT Warrior Bug is a grulla roan, that could be hz for roan and is the only foal we have left out of Sagebug for sale until 2021. This is a fancy colt and can be purchased in a 3-way package. $3500.00
One of the joys of ranching is that between fence building and fence maintenance, the work is never done!
Monday Lona finally foaled, but, it was big drama, mom wanted to go out and see her colt, Lona does not feel like that is acceptable so she took the colt and ran off. Dad kept texting Toni to come down because Lona hadn’t cleaned and he was sure the colt hadn’t nursed. Toni finally went down and gave the colt colostrum and tried to deal with it. The kids needed to wash their heifers and steers again, they still had adhesive in their hair. I feel like Toni feels like our work is behind since we were gone for 5 days. I was so exhausted Monday, I told her I could not pound fence posts, so she took the boys, and Anna and I went to my house to do the horse doctoring and steer and heifer feeding on our own, so it was not any faster, it was still 8 by the time we got in. Toni does not accept I am tired, just FYI if you ever want to use that excuse on her.
Tuesday morning dad texts that he cannot find Lona, so on my way to work I had to pop through the fence and looks in the forest of little trees on top of the hill. Sure enough, she was so deep in there I could not even see her without going in, but the colt whinnied so I went in. She was not happy to be found and took off. Lona likes to foal out in the pasture where we cannot catch her, she is not happy about being locked in. Mom wanted Toni to come down and check Lona again, on her way Toni came across a dead momma raccoon with live babies laying with her. So her, Kade and Jaxsen called Kendel for a live animal trap and they caught them. The neighbor saw them catching them and went down, she had been trying to catch them and she wanted them, so she took them to raise up. Toni was happy they found a home, the boys were not, Whitney was not happy either. Toni had court at 11. Mom kept an eye on Lona and kept us updated that Lona had not cleaned (she actually did clean on Monday but then Tuesday she has more placenta). I feel like mom is annoyed she had a colt again. Toni did not take being tired as an excuse anymore, we went down and put T Posts in after chores in Gunner’s new pen. And she had the kids go out and chop thistles in the heat, mom said it was just like grandpa, chopping thistles on the hottest day.
Wednesday morning our summer mineral came. Kendel took her two kids and the three boys swimming down in Scootney on Wednesday, they said the water was still really cold, even though the temp was hot. Toni then took all four kids out to chop thistles about 4. I hear that Jaxsen is not a fast thistle chopper. He may not be dedicated to the cause. At chore time we put a sheet on the POA that is in getting bred to King, they were worried about her sun burning with the heat. After chores the kids went and fed all of their animals and Toni and I put more posts in Gunners new pen. We are trying to do two sections per night so we can get the pen done and Gunner’s pasture moved over the weekend. I think we are being very generous to not make the kids come pound posts in.
Thursday was another hot one. Lona still hasn’t cleaned after some oxytocin, so Toni ran Lona and Fly Guy into Sagehill Vet to get the retained placenta removed. We got the mare Elsie back to breed to Leroy because she didn’t’ take the first time around. We are hoping that this time the job gets done. The two bottle calves form Montana think it is too hot out. I dropped a T Post on my foot, but don’t worry, Toni does not think that is an excuse to get out of chores. Poison Ivy was butchered on Thursday, so we will have more beef soon. Let us know if you need any. The POA left, hopefully King got it done, he bred her enough times. Toni and the kids chopped more thistles (that is a never ending job). There are rumors that the boys were looking at turtles and frogs and not chopping thistles while Toni and Anna did the majority of the work.
Friday was hot. Toni and Kendel took the kids down to the lake in the afternoon, they brought Leroy back and put him in with Elsie to breed. If Leroy knows people are at the lake, he comes down to join the party, so that makes him really easy to catch. Anna led him home off the back of the pick-up. He is “her” stud, so the boys didn’t get the opportunity to even try to lead him. He was not happy about being locked in. Toni and the kids went and got Lona from Sagehill vet, Toni got instructions on how to continue with her care and came how with Fly Guy. More thistles got chopped, but the reality is that we can’t even tell! By the time we got done with chores and moving everyone around on Friday it was 7:30, so we got out of pounding posts for a night.
Saturday the 4 kids and I went to Grandma’s house to take Jolene and Nicks’ family pictures. The kids were great help getting Kasen and Reece to look at the camera and smile. I think the pictures turned out good.
Toni, Ben and Kicker built fence while we were gone. Toni is still going down to doctor Lona twice per day, so she did that first, then went and got tposts. And on her way to put fence in, locked Jackpot’s pen in the alley and opened up the corral so we could move some of those mares too. After getting the pictures done, I needed to get home so I could help with the fence. The three boys stayed over for Kasen’s party. Anna went to Kendel’s house to babysit, they went to get some bees. They got back and then Anna came down and helped finish the fence. She went back up at 4 to babysit so they could go out for their anniversary. Toni, Ben, Kicker and I got the fence done. Toni, Anna, and I also did some work on the fence at the lake, which is our next project. It took a long time, but hopefully we have built a good fence that will last. With so many circle gates, it does take a long time. Toni and I went and got Jackpot’s pen in and sorted the four dry mares off and Mud, who has an older colt. Then Toni and I went out and caught Gunner and let him in with the mares following. Dad went over to Connell and got the boys and brought them home so they could help with chores.
On Sunday Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen went to Moses Lake to Travis and Stephanie, Kicker’s brother’s house. They went boating and had lunch. Anna and Kaine caught the steers and cleaned out the camper from Filer, I did laundry. Then Ben and Kaine went down and cut down Russian Olive trees in Gunner’s new pen. Anna washed her steer and heifer that are going to New Plymouth, Foxy and Freddy. The Meachams got back and then we went down and did chores. Mom had made apricot pie, which is really awesome for those that love apricots. She made enough that we took some home for the men and didn’t hog it all like we normally do.
One fencing project done, now we can swap out the one we were working on, and get back to either the lake fence or the continuous fence. Either way, both have to be done. One of the joys of ranching is that between fence building and fence maintenance, the work is never done!