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KT Shine on a Dime

KT Shine on a Dime is a darling bay roan filly out of PDQ Rikki Tikki Lee, “Sissy”, and by Shining Blue DR, “Bishop.” Sissy is a distinguished mare with a very contemporary build that carries on to her foals. We have a couple of her daughters that we use on the ranch, Goldy and Pocket. Sissy is a great mare to work with; she was ridden in her younger years as a trail horse. Sissy’s pedigree includes a lot of the greats like Docs Richashay, Lucky Lynx, Docs Dee Bar, Birthday Bar, Bartender, Catechu and more. Bishop is a very good looking son of Autumnator, from the Davis Ranch in Utah. He has a big hip, low hocks, pretty neck and is very balanced. The Autumnator is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA, earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Champion. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON Earner of $244,470 NCHA. Dam of 26 foals, 17 perfs earning $1,003,985 NCHA. Bishop’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark . He has as pretty of a head and neck as any horse. He has a lot of bone and a big hip. He was trained by Brett Loseke and Joe Hayes but his show career was very limited due to an injury. His colts are very pretty and have a lot of ability. Bailey is out of Slide On Bartender. Bailey is a very pretty, feminine mare that has a strong performance top side, crossed with a great foundation bottom. Dime is a filly with a lot of try and agility. She needs a job, she does not want to be someone’s friend. This filly was born 5/4/20. $3,500

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We are on the bottom end of foaling and couldn’t be happier with the foals we have on the ground.

                Monday was a really nice day. Except all of the kids were in school full time, and we (including the dogs) liked them at home part of the time. Anna is done with tennis, so she was home after school to help build fence, Mondays are fencing days.  We had the PHD (post hole digger) but it would only go in the ground about 6 inches before it hit caliche, so it was a hand dig, rock breaker kind of day. Instead of getting 5 posts in, we only got 3. Kade and Jaxsen’s baseball has not started yet, so they were also home, but for some reason Jaxsen was not out building fence. Kaine had baseball practice, so he came down after he got off of the bus, so him and I got there the same time. The three old mares are not happy about having the three mares in with them to go to King, but we have to put those pairs somewhere. Good thing we built an extra pen. The three older kids went home to feed their show animals, and Toni and I continued with the fence for another 30 minutes or so.

Tuesday was another beautiful day. Twist foaled and had a cute palomino filly. Kaine had a baseball game in Mattawa, so I went to that. They won 5 to 2. Toni, Anna and Kade worked on the two and three year olds, since Tuesday is horse day. They loaded Jitterbug, rode Jag, layed across Jojo, Stormy and Lightening.  All are doing really well. Stormy and Lightening won’t be 2 until this summer, so we are just getting them ready to go. After they got done working on the horses, Anna and Kade went to feed their steers and heifers. Ben was working late, so Kicker did all the cattle chores. When I got home we hooked up Butte to the gooseneck, and got the two bulls in that dad was hauling Wednesday.

Ben left for work early on Wednesday, so Anna did the morning chores on her own, normally her and Ben do them. Dad left bright and early with two bulls, one to Sprague and one to Rice, he has been to both places and made good time. Toni and Kicker went to LD and Gwen Green house to get some more continuous fence panels. Jeanie brought King down from Tims. Then Toni and Jeanie went to Jordan Pace’s  to get Jeanie’s horse and for Toni to check it out.  Jordan has broke about 16 horses from our breeding program, but none of ours. We plan to send him a few this fall. He had a horse we sold there while Toni was there to see his new place.  Toni, Anna and Kade dug some more holes on Wednesday to put the continuous fence up. It is really hard and rocky and the post hole digger was not working well, so we are using a lot of muscles.  Kaine and I got there in time to help with the last few holes. Toni put her grey Canadian mare in with the heavy pen. The kids purchased a mini mare and colt, John is bringing it out on Sunday. We already have the colt sold. John and the kids are looking at a new miniature horse stallion since Dreamer is getting fairly old.

Thursday morning dad and Steve headed to Toppenish area with one bull for Kody. Another bull was getting picked up, so Toni met with them, and with the small world philosophy the guy is good friends with Kicker’s cousin. Sports are getting into the way of Toni’s fence building plans, Kaine had a game right after school and then Jaxsen and Kade after that.  Because King is in the corral, we decided to tease his mares with Double to see if we needed to move any of them down with King, and they aren’t ready yet. Belle should be the first to come in heat, but we are teasing Belle and Reba just so we don’t miss anything. Kade and Anna worked on “their” horses and didn’t work on anyone else’s horse on Thursday.  So Jojo, Jag, Jitter, and Stormy got worked on. Toni was claiming Stormy but Kade says he stole her. She is a pretty typical Double foal so far and just takes everything in stride. We also sold some meat on Thursday. If anyone needs any, go to  We have a freezer full to sell.

                Friday Toni is still checking every morning. Nothing in the morning. The kids were running late, so she had to go give their steers hay, check, then run back home in time for court on webex. Dad went by the field and saw Red Robin had foaled, but decided we must have already seen it, so he said nothing. We unloaded the continuous fence and started putting it up. It is different that what we used before, but it looks great and has the connectors already welded in, so that is nice. It is 6 rail vs the 7 we used for the rest of the project, but who cares. It is allegedly lighter, but it feels just as heavy when you are moving it around. Marlo was out to help. Jax went to baseball, so he was the only one not there helping. We got all put the last panel put up with all of the extra help.  We moved Belle down with King. The kids took off for their chores and saw that Red Robin had foaled, so we ran down and saw it. Super cute filly, three white socks and a spot on her head. Got chores done and got ready for Sat.

                Saturday Ben had to work, so Kicker and I met Leslie and Stacy and we headed to Spokane with the campers for the junior show. We have 11 steers going and about that many kids when you count the 2 little ones that can’t show yet.  The three big kids worked on their steers. Toni and Jax fixed fence and started moving horses around. Kam came out to look at his two heifers and steer. He looked at the bull calves while he was out too. At 11:30 Chad showed up to trim Crossfire and Fly Guy. Fly Guy did great for his first trim. Then Brita, Norm, and Austin showed up to go see their foal, which was the foal out of Twist. Brita had already asked to buy it before it was born as it is a full sib to her filly she has now. The bull buyer got a flat tire, so once he got that fixed, he showed up about the time Kicker and I got back, so Toni and I loaded his 2 bulls.  Then we started getting ready for chores.

                Sunday everyone was still getting ready for Spokane. Both Butterfly and Dunny foaled and had colts. We are pretty short on colts this year. Our good friends Erina and Terry brought their  grandson Jr to see the horses and their mare Livvy out to get bred to Tank.  We drove around and checked everything out. Had a great time with Jr who is walking and talking. Dad let us use the trailblazer so we had room to spread out . After they left, we started moving horses around so that King has a bigger pen because he is getting 4 mares all at the same time. Tank has had Voodoo and Fancy in for a bit, so we turned them out, moved Gang, put moved panels so Tank could have Gang’s pen and the bottom corral pen, put King on the hillside, and moved 2 summer yearling heifers we don’t want to get bred down to eat the grass in the alley. One of these heifers is my belted galloway Oreo and the horses do not like her at all with her belted white belly. She is freaky to them.  We brought Twist and Red Robin to the house, one to King one to Tank.  We got Crystal and her filly in so that Crystal can go be bred to John’s stud PD (Judge Dat Cash). We also decided Tuffy needed her west nile and dewormer, so we chased her around a bit before she decided to go in. She is 27 and still acts like a range horse. Once she is in she is ok, but she is not overly friendly. Luckily she had some awesome foals, so she has earned her place on the ranch. Toni and I finished putting up the last post for the continuous fence, and by then John was there with the kids’ new mini stud. In our efforts to move a panel over to load Crystal we broke off a riser so had water spraying all over. Toni and John went down and shut off the irrigation water while I moved Crystal to the big corral, let Double out, and fixed gates. So we have made another project for ourselves for Monday.  Luckily Crystal’s filly, Cash, loaded right up without the panel, maybe because John with his 6’6 wingspan was there to grab her if she didn’t go in?  After all was moved and fed we called it a day.

We are on the bottom end of foaling and couldn’t be happier with the foals we have on the ground. We are also starting up with cattle shows, which seem to be back in full swing, so we are starting our extra busy season. If anyone wants to come out and look at foals or yearlings, we can schedule you in.

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KT Smoke N Shine

KT Smoke N Shine is a gorgeous filly out of Smoken Docs Robin, “Red Robin,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bishop.” Red Robin is a daughter of Docs Gunsmoke, Reserve World Champion in Cutting amateur and in Cutting Open – 130 APHA points earner – world champion producer LTE $51.402. Docs Gunsmoke is by Mr Gunsmoke and out of a Docs Cowboy daughter. Red Robin’s dam, Regarding Robin, is by Whiskey River Run, AQHA Race SI-87 AA, 14-3-1-1 $1066. Red Robin has been used as a ranch and trail horse and is a great mare. Bishop is a very good looking son of Autumnator, from the Davis Ranch in Utah. He has a big hip, low hocks, pretty neck and is very balanced. The Autumnator is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA, earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Op Champion. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON Earner of $244,470 NCHA. Bishop’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark. This is a filly with a performance packed pedigree with a lot of cow and agility. She was born 4/21/20. $3,500

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“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” Mark Twain

Monday was a busy day. Toni got Kade and Jax on the bus, then her and dad headed north with 6 mares, three to go to Allie’s house and three to Marcy McBride. They made good time, and were back by around 2:30. I hear that the mares loaded well, weather was good, so the trip was uneventful, just how we like them.  Anna and Kaine checked and tied up the steers, Thursday they will be back to school full time and Toni will be back to checking every morning. Dad was back in time to take Kaine to baseball practice. I had to run to Broadmoor after work to get a part for the camper. Nellie got a puncture above her eye so we are now doctoring her every night, so moved her to the yearling pen. So now Nellie and Peanut are both in the yearling pen. Toni and the kids did chores, then Anna, Kaine and Kade went up to feed steers and show heifers. Ben and Kicker came down and fixed the circle at mom and dads when they got home. Then they had other circles to fix and were out late doing that. Mom and dad said Monday night that they were going to go to Spokane on Saturday and Sunday to visit our great aunt, Francis Fae and go to the casino and what not. We said sounds good, you should think about going to Idaho, less restrictions. So we shall see what happens. 

Tuesday Piper had a colt by Jackpot. He looks pretty grullo, but Toni does not want to jinx him by calling him that, so he is a dun. I secretly named Izzy’s foal on Monday while dad and Toni were north to see if they would notice (I put the name on the website), Toni uploaded pics Tuesday and saved Izzy foal under her name, so she noticed, but has not said anything. LOL Kayla the brand inspector came out to brand inspect some bulls and steers. Toni was going to meet her but got stuck on the phone, so it was just Kayla and the kids. Mom, Kaine and Anna went in for hair buts before tennis and baseball practice. Toni met the bus to get Kade and Jaxsen off, so she felt it was a good time to continue with fence building since she had a captive audience. They finished the section they were on so Toni and Kade got the yearling fillies in and wormed and gave them West Nile. They were on the last one when I got there, Huckleberry, who broke her leg as a baby and it has mended pretty well. But, she is not halter broke due to her leg, so we put the halter on her and led her for a little bit. She is a very smart filly, and fairly tame, so it actually went fairly well.  She is also super tall like her sister Sally. Anna, Kaine and Kade went to feed their show animals, Toni, Jaxsen and I went down to circle 5 to fix some fence.  I had the fence fixed by the time Toni and Jax found their wandering dogs and showed up.

Wednesday was a nice but chilly morning. Still no Mil baby, we are over a year. Anna and mom ran Mittens into Sagehill vet, Mittens is a cat, he looked like he had lost a tooth, but no, he actually had broken his lower jaw. Sheena got him all fixed up and Ben picked him up on his way home. Then, mom, Anna and Kaine went in to Kaine’s baseball practice and Anna’s last tennis match, I met mom and Anna in at the tennis match. It was a great match, really touch and go, but Anna and her partner won. Toni’s new file person, Kaedyn started on Wed. Kaedyn is thinking about going to law school so is working for Toni once per week for experience. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen (and Kaine when he got there) were working on the two year olds, Toni decided that Wednesday was a work on horses day, she said Thursday is a fencing day. Kade and Jaxsen are REALLY looking forward to baseball starting. After chores the three older kids went to feed their show cattle. Toni and I went down to put more T Posts on the bottom of circle 8. Then I went home to Dr Mittens.

Thursday was a beautiful day. But, still no Mil baby, however, Reba had a cute cute colt by Sagebug. However, the kids and Toni were disappointed, they were hoping for a grulla filly with lots of chrome that they were going to keep. Instead we got a red dun colt with not a lot of chrome. But, he is still a cutie. Anna and Kaine were back to full time school Thursday, dogs were not pleased. Kaine had baseball practice. Thursday was a fencing day, so we put in some more T posts after chores.

Friday was a beautiful day. Toni had to go back to in person court which does not make her happy. Dad text first thing and said that Bell foaled. The dogs and I checked cows, then I got T107 and his mom back together, he crawled through the fence and him and his mom were separated. Then I went into Connell and got coffee for Tennelle and I from 509 and went and got my hair done. Then I came home and got pics of the bulls. Toni texted and asked if I was ready for chores, so we went down and worked on some of the horses, Friday is a horse day. Marlo came and helped with chores and brought us poppyseed bred, that was really good.

Saturday morning was rainy and windy. Ben, Anna, Kaine and I went to Rod Rottinghaus in the morning and got some grass hay for Kaine’s steer Ringo, the hay was really nice. TLC texted me on our way there and said our beef was done, so I ran in and got it after I got home. We had lunch when I got home and then we moved some meat around and did some organization. Mom and dad went to Spokane for the night, so we went down and walked the dog, moved Mil into the foaling pen, she was waxed up, moved Bell over with the old mares, she did like being in with Yo. Put Zoey in with Double. Wormed and West Niled the yearling colts, took pictures of them. Then went home.

Sunday morning at 5 Toni went down and checked and Mil and she had a CUTE red roan filly by NZ Scotch Time. Anna and I went back down a few hrs later to check on her again and walk Sam and let the rest of the dogs out. We went and checked the rest of the mares after and then I took Anna home so her and the boys could wash the steers and clip. I went and put mineral out and fixed a little fence. Toni sent some horse contracts out on Rog and No Fool. Then Toni went and fixed some fence and tore down some other fence. Kicker was down cleaning out the beaver pond and Ben was cleaning out the barn and working on the camper before we take it to Spokane. After lunch Toni and I went down and got the mares in that had had foals and put them in with studs.  Jaxsen helped us a little bit. We put Mil and Reba in with the old mares, we are breeding those three mares to King.  We decided to put Izzy in with Jackpot so she ran through the fence first thing, so we got her back in and the fence fixed. Sunday was one of those days were you put your coat on because you were cold, then two minutes later took it back off because you were hot. It was interesting weather. We got all of the mares in out of Circle 8, sorted them, but decided not to put any in the heavy pen. We finished West nile and worming the open horses that were out there. We got done with all of our work about 7, so decided we could quit.

This next week we need to get King from Tim Johnson, ship some bulls out, and get ourselves mentally and actually prepared for the Jr. livestock show. There were multiple pages of rules that came out regarding how this in-person show is going to go.  But it is all for the kids so we need to put a smile on our face and go let them have a great time showing their livestock. If anyone needs any beef, the kids will have their three steers for sale at the Jr. show and we have beef in the freezer. Prices and info at

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Last Week in Pictures – Lots of Pictures this Week