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The weather this week has made us all thankful to be living in the great Columbia Basin. Yes, it has been cold, but we didn’t have snow.

On Monday we were on our way back from Idaho, we stayed and waved as the girls got on the bus, we did not get up early enough to see James off to work. Toni snapped a pic of Anna’s Youth Foal, “Gunnie,” and said Anna’s chestnut, Kade pointed out that John Dutton rides a chestnut. Gunnie is pretty nice, she is by Yo, a daughter of Jackpot and out of Pistol, Gunner’s dam, and her sire is Double. Toni waited for the shipper all afternoon to ship Lilo, and never heard from him. Finally, at 4:13 she called, since she had to go to a city planning meeting that night, which she had told him, and he was at 9 Mile, north of Spokane, so probably 3 hrs away. Kade went down at 5 to wait for him, we got home around 5:30, so I called Kade and told him I would switch him. At 6 still no sign or work, so I contacted him, he said an hr and a half. Toni got home and I told her he should be down around 7:30, but would let me know when he got close. At 8 he contacted me at said 30 min out, I joking said for sure this time, which he took to be rude and did not stop. So poor Lilo was locked in all afternoon waiting for someone that never showed. But, sometimes you just roll with it.  We put the purchaser in touch with some good shippers to see what could be done to get this filly home. 

Tuesday after school Anna went down and rode her young horses. Toni worked on the foals. They weaned the May/June foals, so only Summer is left on. The normal horse calendar pics are done with voting, now we are doing a stallion calendar and voting started on it. Toni said all of the foals she is working on are doing great. Deano texted Toni on Tuesday that he would arrive Wednesday night with the 2 steers for South Dakota, could he unload the longhorn bull he is hauling so he could sleep in Connell for the night. And that was all fine.

Wednesday morning Deano texted Toni he was ahead of schedule and would be there at noon. Toni was worried she might be in court when he showed up, but he was earlier then he thought, so Toni and dad unloaded the steers and bull, loaded Blue Devil up, the bull back up, and Deano took off. The bull was really tame so would get way too close to people with those long horns. Deano said that the bull was $25,000.00. He didn’t look like much of a bull for $25,000.00. The steers looked really good. And they were pretty tame. Deano is a great hauler so he takes good care and reduces stress on the haul. Toni went to court. Anna came home from school and messed with the three foals we have in so Toni could go change clothes and grab the trailer to haul the steers to my house. With it getting dark so early even working together they didn’t get the chores done in the light. But the steers got moved before it got too dark, so that was good.  Wednesday night Kade started feeling sick. I guess a bug is going around the school.

Thursday Toni and Mom took Molly in to see Sheena for a checkup and blood test. She was doing pretty good so she just has to finish her one antibiotic. No more fluid in her lungs. She was herself, so she tried to escape the trailer and was a touch ornery.  Mom and Toni stopped by the cowpath bakery and got Anna a pumpkin dessert for her birthday. Boys did chores, Toni worked on foals. Anna and men did cattle chores. The three foals, Honey Bug, Judge, and Gunnie are all really great. Toni said she put the three easiest ones in to have an easy birthday week.  Kade stayed home from school.

Friday was Anna’s birthday, Happy Birthday Anna, she is 17. Where does the time go?? Marlo came and helped do chores, I brought home groceries. Toni had Marlo lead some of the foals around.  The men took grass bales down to the horses.  Kade was still home sick.

Saturday was Toni’s birthday, Happy Birthday Toni.

Toni went down to the house to show some horses. Ben went to Moses Lake to deliver meat. Mom, dad and Skip went to town. Kaine, Anna and I put fence posts in for the fence around the corn field. Dan, Seth and Rusanne showed up to look at bulls, about the time Ben got home. They picked three out. Ben then put the gates up and Anna, Kaine and I went and got the cows in. We sorted out the heavy heifers and turned the rest out in the corn field. Then we sorted the Angus steers and the heifers out of the clubby steers and hauled them and Fred down to the alfalfa field. Molly was colicy again, so Toni spent most of her birthday down with mom leading Molly around. She tried to lead her off of Shadie, but since Molly does not believe she is a horse, she did not want to be around Shadie. Mom said Shadie was the problem, but really….. Molly finally started feeling better around 10 that night, I did take a turn in the evening so Toni could have Chinese food for her birthday and watch a movie.  Kade was still sick and Kaine started to feel sick.

Sunday Marlo and McCall came over and we had the big birthday party for Toni and Anna. Ben cooked meat balls, bacon wrapped shrimp and funeral potatoes. Mom made 3 pies. Toni brought a salad and appetizers. We had a great time. Then we went down to mom and dads, took pictures of the Judge, pictures of Anna and Gunnie, turned out the Judge and Honey Bug, and put in the next 2 to halter break. These are the last 2 big ones, King 3 and Willie. Willie is exceptionally big, but he is a Leroy. Haltering these two took less than 3 minutes. So maybe two easy weeks in a row? Kade and Kaine were still not feeling great.  When we were out messing around, we heard a kitten meowing and found a little kitten out by the road. So Anna had a new kitten for a bit. We later found out it is the neighbors, so Anna gave it back. I would also like to thank Mary with Stablefeed.com who not only took our call Sunday but took the time to discuss feeding options for Molly. Mary has been a really great asset to our team. When you have feeding concerns and are dealing with issues, Mary is knowledgeable and helpful. We are getting Molly onto some supplements that will hopefully help combat all of the meds that have been put into her and get her feeling good.

                The weather this week has made us all thankful to be living in the great Columbia Basin. Yes, it has been cold, but we didn’t have snow. So many of our friends and neighbors are dealing with early winter weather, trying to get cattle moved, keep the cattle fed and healthy.  Raising livestock is not for the weak.

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There is nothing that makes a person happier than buying livestock. And if we have to be addicted to something, livestock addiction is better than a drug addiction.

Monday dragged on, since at 4 it seemed like 5 and I should be off of work. We were all still tired for the show, so that didn’t help the situation. WSU had a shift change on Monday, so we had new vets call with the Molly update, however, she still got the OK to come home on Tuesday. I had them contact Sheena with continued care, like blood work orders, etc. We are excited to get her home. Kaine had to stay after school to turn in his football gear, but besides that he is done with sports for a bit. It is nice with darkness coming so early to have them home for chores. Toni got Naughty, Dual and Duke back in to work with. Toni also did chores so the 3 kids that were home could wash their steers and heifers. 

Tuesday Toni and mom headed to WSU to bring Molly home as soon as the kids were on the bus. I took Wild to Sheena to get her eye port taken out, then Wild was turned out with the other weanlings.  Mom did not want Wild in with Molly. Wild isn’t wild, but she is big and can be pretty active. The old white trailer was brought down for Molly to spend nights in. Mom and Toni took a blanket for Molly so she did not get too cold on the way home. Molly was pretty lethargic acting up at WSU. They said she had not been super active, but was pretty resistant to getting her bandage changed. When Toni took her off the trailer at home, Molly was back to herself. Prancing, bucking in place, acting like she was pretty happy to be home. And of course mom was really happy she was home. We all were, but Mom especially.  Because the trailer was at the house from bringing Molly home, we practiced loading Naughty, Duke, Dual, and Lilo. Since the weather had gotten cold we also put Double’s blanket on him. Kaine washed his heifers after school and Kade and Jaxsen did chores.

Wednesday Coco got sick, so Toni watched baby Shea from 6:30 am to about 10:30. Kendel watched Shea while Toni had court. Anna went and got her when she got home from school from Kendel. They all had lots of fun watching her, but we are still sad Coco was sick. Coco ended up going to the doctor to try to get some meds and get better. Toni and the kids did chores.  Naughty, Dual, and Duke were all progressing really well.  Toni was getting ready to go to a convention, so she had Kade and Kaine help her with the colts as they would be working on them on Thursday. We forget how much stranger danger the foals have until you go to introduce someone new to them. But the boys did really well with the colts. Dual is very chill. Duke, who is still really young, just needed more time to get used to the boys. We call them boys, but they are both about 6 feet tall and probably look pretty big to the weanling colts.

Thursday Coco was still sick, Toni had court so Kendel watched Shea and took Coco some chicken noodle soup. Toni and Leslie left for WCA conference at noon in Wenatchee. The kids did most of chores. I did some when I got home, not a lot, what they left for me.  The boys worked on the colts themselves. They said they did fine. Someone also has to help mom lead Molly who is feeling her oats now that she is home. We still have to give her meds, change her bandages, but she is much improved. We just hope we can keep her moving in the right direction with her healing.

Happy Veterans Day. On Friday Ben the kids and I left for SE Idaho to see the Geddes family. We stay with Ben’s sister Candice, her husband James and the 4 girls. Kaydance is the only one of the 4 that does not do dance, she is in to animals, so we are trying to convince Candice and James to let her stay with us for a while in the summer. Toni got home late in the day and the Meachams did chores while we were gone. McCall came and house sat. 

We had a great time in Idaho, for the few days we were there, and visited as many people as we could. We took Nugget the mini down with us for Andee.

Toni and the boys did a lot while we were gone. On Saturday, Kade went shooting. Jaxsen and Toni went and loaded out Duke, Dual, and Naughty. It was a cold but sunny day. After the three colts left, Toni and Kade got Lilo, Groot, and Rich in. Groot and Rich were the two options for Jeshua for the AQHA youth program. The Meacham men put out straw for all of the horses. They did chores.

 Jeshua ended up selecting Groot on Sunday. Groot is quite a bit bigger than Rich at this point and he is bay. Jeshua likes bays. Really who doesn’t? Toni and Kade got the next halterbreaking victims in, they ended up being Judge, Gunnie, and one last sold filly that is staying awhile. Then Toni and Kade pulled Shadie and Cammie in, weaned those 2 foals, put a blanket on Shadie. Then went and caught Blue and Lendy, weaned those 2 foals. So the only foal left to wean is Summer. She is just too tiny to wean.  They were supposed to haul a load of mares out after that, but ended up riding out to check the heifers instead. Kade is really wanting to ride his horse Minnie quite a bit before he has to quit because she is ready to foal.  We bought her bred, so probably won’t breed her back unless Kade has moved to something else to ride, but he likes her a lot. Then they cleaned out the red trailer before winter.  After that it was time for chores.

                Seven foals left to sell. We are still debating keeping as many as we have selected to keep. So we may have some others for sale at some point. Toni tried to buy a few at the Millionaire’s sale but wouldn’t bid high enough. We had the Shining Spark 2022 colt for all of 5 minutes before we got outbid. I think he sold for $51,000.00. Yeah, we were an early bid! A person might wonder why we would bid on another horse.  There is nothing that makes a person happier than buying livestock. And if we have to be addicted to something, livestock addiction is better than a drug addiction.

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With 290 entries for the Western Showcase, it was a long weekend. The individuals that organize the show, Ruth, Gerry, Scott, and everyone else, do an amazing job.

We are definitely back to season temps on Monday. We are supposed to have a La Nina I hear, and it is rainy and cold. Not that we don’t need the rain, the rain is good. It just does not feel the best when you are working on the foals. Monday the kids did not have school, so they clipped and got ready for the upcoming show. Kaine had football practice, so dad ran him in and brought him home. Toni and the kids did chores early, Toni worked on Duke and Naughty and tied Groot since he was the biggest to Tulip. She quickly discovered that Groot was the easiest, so traded Duke and Groot. When I got there, we only had to get Rita in for dad and mom to take her home on Tuesday. I guess she does not want to leave because that took 30 min and we had to run the whole pen across the driveway. Then of course they couldn’t go back into their pen, all the horses wanted to run around the driveway and see what they could see.

Tuesday morning Toni loaded Cappy and Rita into the trailer. Mom and dad took Cappy to Jason Hicks to start and Rita went to Marcy’s so she could go home.  Jaxsen and Kade did horse chores and Anna did the show cattle chores. Kade and Jaxsen went up to help her finish. Kaine had a game in Royal City, it was moved up to 4, luckily Heidi texted a bunch of us so we made it in time. Toni worked on the colts; they worked on tying in the rain. Rain makes it hard to work on foals because you really can’t get a good grip on the lead rope and have no traction.  The three weren’t trouble for Tulip so Toni just had to work through it. It rained all day Tuesday, but not in Royal, it was dry there. Which was good for the game. The game was good, the boys played hard. Molly report from WSU was not as good as it has been. She had some fluid buildup at her incision area, so they put a sleeve on her. And she still has fluid in her lungs so they are still monitoring that.

Wednesday was a little brisk. Kade are Jaxsen are done with football, so they got home and helped with chores, Kaine had another game on Friday, so he still had practice after school. Molly is doing well at Pullman, but still has fluid in her lungs and a slightly elevated temp, so it does not look like she will make it home this week. Toni worked on the colts and did chores with the kids. The colts were leading pretty good, tied pretty good. Groot is pretty chill. Naughty is really soft, like a typical Jackpot. They are pretty sensitive and have lots of give. Duke is good too, he is just a little guy and more scared. We got home and helped her doctor Wild and Absolute. It is getting so dark so early, and next week will be worse. That is the worst thing about fall. The kids were getting the trailer packed to head to Moses Lake for the weekend. Last week when it was in the 70s I was looking forward to the show. Now that we are back to seasonal temps, my excitement has been dampened.

Thursday morning we woke up to a heavy frost, snaps from people from other parts of the NW show snow. It was a cold and windy day, but we had better weather than a lot of other people. Kaine had practice, dad picked him up. The kids packed the trailer and got their show animals ready. Toni worked on the colts, they were all lead out in the corral pen for at least a couple of laps. Again, Thursdays are the best because the foals pretty much lead and you are just introducing them to new concepts- like going through a small gate, or stepping over something. Thursdays in general are pretty fun in the foal pen. McCall has been coming out and helping the kids get ready for the show.

Friday I finished getting everything packed up, food, drinks, etc. Then went and picked Kade and Jaxsen up from school and we headed to Moses Lake to set up, with Leslie, Whitney and Deb. Traci, Natalie, Julian, Ady and Savannah were an hr or so behind us, then McCall got there and Toni and Anna an hr or so behind them. Dad was already up in Moses Lake helping set-up at the show.  Kaine had a football game, so we did not see him on Friday. It was big drama to not have Kaine. The little kids wanted to know where Kaino was. We got everything set up, animals blown out and a few washed. We checked into our hotel, went out to eat and went to bed. We had a really good dinner, it was just late by the time we got everything done and the cattle take care of.

Saturday we were up before the sun, got the animals washed and ready to start showing. The wind was howling and there were high wind warnings in effect.  Saturday was the steer show. The judge got stranded in TX due to a lightning storm, so a local guy from Ellensburg filled in. There were 18 classes of steers, so the show lasted all morning and into early afternoon. Marlo brought us all coffees and chai’s in the morning, and I for one needed it. Jolene showed up with 4 boxes of donuts, yeah 4 boxes. We had to tell the kids only two and then wait an hr. Natalie was first in her class, so got to go back into the championship round. Anna and Julian had seconds, so were on standby. We had a great team, that included Jay, McCall and everyone listed above that showed up on Friday. Everyone did a great job showing. Only Anna and Jaxsen had steers from our group. Because Kaine did not have a steer, Kaine and Ben worked the heifers, moved them to a fresh pasture, and then Ben brought Kaine down after. We washed everyone, including heifers, when we got done showing and then went to the 509 banquet. We had a great time seeing everyone. Anna was a 509 ambassador this year which was a great experience for her. We think Alyx Corey does a great job on the program and the banquet is always a highlight for us.

Sunday we were up again, we got to sleep in an hr with fallback, so we could have an hr of darkness and despair in the evening. The medium kids got to sleep in since they only had steers, so showmanship after the heifer show. The rest of us got up and washed and got everyone ready to show. The judge made it in from TX. Lane showed up and helped fit. He was a lot of help, and we all convinced him he needed to show in showmanship, since he was already signed up. The kids all showed great. Kade and Baby Cow got second in their class, so were standby in the championship round. Kade, Kaine and Anna all made it back to the championship round in showmanship, Kaine was 5th overall intermediate.  4th was cousin Parker and 6th was cousin Delany. The medium kids, Traci, Leslie, McCall and Deb started packing stuff up while the big kids were still showing. Ben and the big kids helped some in-between classes. Afterwards we packed up and headed south to do chores in the dark. FYI everyone, kid with the camera, Julian, is my camera intern. He shows and then grabs my camera and takes pictures. He is doing a great job. Toni, Marlo, Leslie, Traci, McCall, probably Whitney also all took pictures. Savannah even took a few, she is 5 so can not be turned loose with it yet, but she would like to be. She would also like to be turned loose with a fitting comb, some adhesives and clippers as well. Soon Savannah, soon.  

With 290 entries for the Western Showcase, it was a long weekend. The individuals that organize the show, Ruth, Gerry, Scott, and everyone else, do an amazing job. It is one of the biggest and best shows in the Pacific Northwest with kids from Montana to Oregon and everywhere in between.  Of the 290 entries, our group (us and the cousins) had 16 head. For many of the cattle we took, it was their first show and they were excellent. This was Jax’s first time at this show and he is already planning to show again next year. It is a fast paced highly competitive show.

The other big news that we got when we got home was an email from our AQHA youth recipient. We are excited to meet Jeshua and get the right foal selected for him. Anna was also selected to participate in the 2023 program, so we are excited to see how she does. We are thankful that AQHA has a youth program to keep young people interesting in quarter horses. Being part of this program has been something that we have valued as breeders, as it allows us to expand the impact that the American Quarter horse has to influence future leaders. There is nothing more important to any breed organization than ensuring success by influencing youth. Programs like the NILE Merit heifer program and the AQHA youth program ensure agriculture’s tomorrows. We are proud to say that we support both of these programs. Kale Cordill is our Nile Merit Heifer Recipient and Anna was a Nile Merit Recipient last year with a heifer from 3C Cattle.  

Also, Cappy is doing great with Jason Hicks, we are excited to see how he does.

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