KT Pic Me A Double
Sire: Captains Double Coy
Dam: Pics Bar Bee, “Blackie”
Date Born: 6/16/21
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KT Pic Me A Double is a cute bay colt out of Pics Bar Bee, “Blackie,” and by Captains Double Coy, “Double.” Blackie is a black daughter of Pic Remedy, a son of Doc’s Remedy, out of a Willie War Chic bred mare. This mare has many greats on her papers including Doc Bar, Teresa Tivio, Sugar Vandy, War Chic, and Deck Oiler to name some. She is bred for performance and to run and has that look. Very keen head, square body, and a great personality. Blackie loves attention and is easy to be around. Double is one of our senior stallions, his foals have an outstanding disposition, are easy to break and are really cowy, and are great using horse for any arena. His breeding includes Major Bonanza, Alotta King, Jaguar and more. With a pedigree like this colt’s it would be hard to go wrong to add him to the herd.
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Crazy, tired day on Monday, Toni had to be at Yakima first thing for court. Ben had to go to work early, Ben and Anna normally do morning chores, so Kaine got to get up early and help Anna with morning chores. Mom texted that Frieda foaled, finally, and Coco texted that Money also foaled. Both had Jackpot babies. Both Jaxsen and Kaine had baseball games Monday night. Kaine’s team, and Jaxsen team lost, but Jaxsen played like a super star. He told us all about it. Toni says he actually did play really well, because according to Jaxsen he ALWAYS plays like a super star.
Tuesday Kaine and Jaxsen had baseball practice, Kade did most of the horse chores and Anna most of the show cattle chores. Ben has been working late planting, due to them being behind due to the weather, so that leaves them shorthanded doing cattle chores. So Kade has not stayed to do fencing projects after he is done with horse chores, so I feel like Toni thinks her and I are behind on fencing, since it is just her and I. I feel like I am still tired from Spokane. Dad went and picked up the boys from practice so Toni and I could continue fencing. We have decided that once the current project is done that this will be our last new build for the year. We still have fence fixing and our seasonal fence, so plenty of fence work left for 2022. Also, Molly B was a month old Tuesday, happy birthday Molly.
Wednesday Kaine had a game in Othello so dad went and picked him up. We are shipping Blue Starlight to his new home, one of our really great repeat customers Austin and Brita, so we got Blue Starlight in to work on him. He was pretty opposed to being a real horse and wanted to continue living the life of luxury out in the yearling pen. He still got caught, messed with, and loaded three times. Toni likes to load everything three times when we are practicing. The first load can be a fluke, second load can also be a fluke, but if they load three times, then that is good. Toni and I continued our fencing project. Anna clipped the heifer Jaxsen is showing, #1, and Kade worked on his heifers. I went and picked Jaxsen up from practice, so Toni could continue with her goal. I was texted that the corn for the cattle had not shown up yet, it was supposed to be at the house the beginning of the week and we are past the hump on hump day. So I texted Stefan and asked him the status, he said he would get back to me.
Stefan texted me first thing on Thursday, that the corn has been ground, they are looking for someone to deliver it. Which he texted a few hrs later that it should be on its way. Anna and Kade headed to Tri Cities first thing in the morning for FFA state convention. Anna and Kade were both competing. Anna is competing all week, so she is not going to the WA Angus field day with us in Ellensburg, just Toni, the boys and I. Fun Fun. Only 10 of us going in total, Leslie, Traci, Ady, Natalie and Julian, plus us 5. I said to Leslie, we only need 10 breakfast sandwiches?? Are you sure? It does not seem like enough. Mom and Dad went to pick-up horse stuff at Hale’s feed in Ephrata then had lunch with Cousin John and his wonderful wife Cindy. That left Toni in charge of Molly B. Molly B got her halter off and took a run-around, but she was fine and came back to Toni when she was done because she was hungry. Molly B is getting really big and likes to run. Jaxsen had a game on Thursday, dad went and watched it. Toni continued fencing, practiced loading Blue Starlight and did the horse chores. Kaine and I went up and did the show cattle chores, hooked Butte up to the gooseneck, packed up some stuff for the trip, etc.
Happy Friday the 13th. Anna went back to WA FFA State Convention on Friday. Toni texted that half of the yearlings were out, they got the man gate open into the pasture and escaped. Her favorites came to her since they did not know why they had gotten out in the first place. But the mini Blue Devil wasn’t voluntarily coming back in to her pen. Toni left them out until early chore time. Even Blue Devil came back for grain. So all the yearling got put back. Blue Starlight got his last day of loading practice. We went to Ellensburg Friday afternoon for a Jr Angus Show. Anna was competing in Ag Sales, the competition was Saturday, so she could not go to the Angus show with us. However, she was running for Angus Queen, so they called her on Friday and did the interview over the phone. Kaine, Kade, Jaxsen, Natalie, Ady and Julian all showed at the Angus show. Traci was a meanie and left Savannah and Kayla home with Manny. Toni, Leslie and Traci took the kids and I met them there since I had to go to work on Friday. We ate at the pasta place and had a good time
Saturday we woke up at 5 and got out to wash, we started at 9:30 with no fit showmanship, so we did not have to get out there at 4:30. We washed and got the heifers ready to show. Showmanship started with oldest to youngest, without Anna there we only had one intermediate. Kaine was reserve champion intermediate. Kade got to come back for Jrs to the championship round. All of the kids showed really well. We had a fitting contest and then a lunch break and started with the breeding classes. Kade’s fall heifer and Julian’s heifer both won their classes and Kaine’s April heifer got second in her class, so those three heifers made it back to division champions. All of the heifers did really well. Kaine got to show one of Sydney Rylaardam’s heifers in the championship round, she had two come back. Kaine was third overall with his Evergreen heifer so gets a nice check for buying and showing her at the show. Then we packed up and came home. All of the kids had a good time. We got to see lots of our friends and start making plans for the trip to Angus Nationals. Also, Blue Starlight made it to his new home in Ellensburg on Saturday and Brita and Norman came and watched the kids shows.
Sunday we were all home and had lots of ranch work to catch up on, except Ben who was at work all weekend. Anna got back from State convention Sunday morning. I went and showed horses Sunday morning, got lots of pics. The Meachams worked on stretching the fence that Toni and I had been putting up. The kids washed their heifers and steers to prepare for Wheatland on May 21st. Jaxsen and I hauled Frieda down with Jackpot and hauled the two year old Hereford bull to my house for Luis to borrow. The three older kids and Camas emptied the feed out of the Titan and then rode horses after they got done washing everything. Once we finished chores we went out and sorted mares, putting a couple of new heavies in the heavy pen. We also had to grab Spunky and work on her because she is getting ready to move to her new home. We are finally getting down to our keeper yearlings. We still have the grade quarter horse filly that we need to get halter broke and marketed. She is pretty and will look pretty in a new pasture! Molly B also had to be moved, which mom wasn’t particularly thrilled about, but that filly is getting big and needs a permanent pen.
The kids have shows the next two weekends, but one of us will be around for everyone having to wait to look at foals. We have some availability to actually show some horses.
Life has been pretty busy lately. But busy in a good way. Hopefully things are back on track with mother nature and life in general. We are still getting more rain than normal, but that is great because it will allow us to leave the horses on the desert ground longer. We still have quite a few mares left to foal, but hopefully most of them are pretty close. Lots of exciting foals still expected and some really exceptional ones on the ground. I am pretty sure we think every year we have the best bunch of foals. Maybe we do!
KT Major Dun Bug
Sire: KT Gunners Sagebug
Dam: KT Major Shasta Dais
Date Born: 3/11/22
Color: Dun (Roan?)
Here is an impressive black pointed dun colt is by KT Gunners Sagebug and out of KT Major Shasta Dais. Shasta is by Zinks Major Kid and out of Colors of Infinity, “Totchie”. Totchie is a daughter of Poco Cisco Bueno, shown AQHA, and a Sonnys OO Buck and Codys Royal Dancer (AQHA point earner) granddaughter, as well as a granddaughter of Annies My Granny, an AQHA point producing mare, and a Docs Superstar Bar and Docs Adonis great granddaughter. Zinks Major Kid was shown at local show before we got him. He was a producer of cow horses and performance horses and his foals continue to live on in many arenas. He was a great stallion, with an award-winning personality that he passed on to his foals. They have a lot of try and like to please. KT Gunners Sage Bug is out of Continental Lady Bug and is by KT Gunpowder N Lead. Gunner is a roan dunskin son of Cue Bars Laddie, AQHA point earning and producing stallion. Gunner’s dam, Pistol, has been shown NFQHA, has been featured on rule book and in the NFQHA magazine. She is a great working ranch horse, rope horse, and the kids can ride her as well. Lady Bug is a big boned Continental Cad daughter going back to Mr Blackburn on the bottom. Sagebug was broke to ride by Josh Hoelscher in the Potlatch area. Josh says that Sagebug is one of the smartest colts he has ever ridden, he was only with Josh a few months over the winter, and he was already opening and closing gates on him and riding him all over.
We had some light rain on Monday morning. Lura had a fancy buckskin colt. Toni went and checked before going into the school to teach a horse genetics lesson to two science classes. She thought she was talking to an Ag class, which it was an FFA class, the problem is that it has been approved as a general science credit. So it was not as rewarding as she thought it would be. Toni, the boys and I worked on some more fence. Anna did the show cattle chores. Then the boys went up to help when we got done with the fence. Toni, Jaxsen and I got Jeannie’s gelding in and then went and hooked up the gooseneck.
Ellie foaled on Tuesday. Dad and Toni went to Jordans to get King and Tank. They took Jeannie’s gelding and dropped him off. King and Tank look really good, Toni took lots of pics and videos. They had to be back by noon because we had our first person out to look at foals. She selected Lilo to purchase. Or Lilo chose her, either way. When Toni got back she saw that Twist was in heat, so I messaged Holly and Toni ran Twist over to Holly’s house to breed her to Whitty. Whitty is Friday’s full brother, he is by Colonel and out of Peppy. We are so happy to have him close by. If you want to breed to him give us a shout and we will get Holly’s info for you. Toni also put Sally in with King, she was in heat. When I got home Toni, the boys and I moved Mud down by Stetson, so we have BB and Mud down to tease. We have every pen full all over the place at this point. No room anywhere, but we think we can make this work.
Wednesday started off pretty exciting. When Toni went to check, Annie had foaled but Stinger had stolen the foal. Mom, Dad, and Toni were all out getting him back. Stinger was pretty serious about keeping him, so it took all three of them. Luckily she really is a great mare and once Toni got a string around her neck, she was able to lead her to the corral where Stinger continued to pace the fence and act like an idiot the entire rest of the day. Annie had a colt, who was pre-named Ninja no matter if it was a colt or filly. Because of the morning debacle, Ninja got a tube of colostrum just to make sure. Annie and Ninja got moved over with Tulip so they could just be together with no other horses. The kids had a half day of school and then parent teacher conferences. Anna went to serve the teacher’s dinner, since she is an FFA officer. Jaxsen convinced his teacher that he did not need a conference, it was a bad time of day for his mom, blah blah blah. Kade’s conference was great. Toni took the boys to see Grandma after and they had a good visit. Then back for chores. Right now chores include all the normal feeding, with more pens because studs need to be spread out, and teasing mares as the extra chore bonus. King seems really happy to be home and mom is very happy to have him home. Tank is up at Toni’s house with Charlie and Fancy, but he also seems very happy. They both look great.
On Thursday the kids were off for parent teacher conferences, so they went with Toni to Farm Fair and taught inner city 5th graders about beef. I feel like it was an experience for everyone. I can say pretty confidently that our kids are not going to be teachers, and they have the utmost respect for the patience that teachers have. Jaxsen started to lose his patience, which are limited to begin with, by the end of the day. Toni had to tell him to be kind a couple of times. Please keep in mind that the “kids” he was teaching are the same age as he is, so he probably shouldn’t be as……. himself as he was starting to be. Toni had to pay the kids with slushies. Everyone got home and went straight to chores.
On Friday Anna and Kaine went back to farm fair with FFA and got to teach for a second day. Kade, Jaxsen, Toni and dad went to JC Grocery in Mesa and handed out beef for the WCA/2nd Harvest partnership. Jaxsen had a blast because he got to yell out how much to bring to each car. Mom and I ran around and did errands. After I went down to circle 6 and worked on Tank’s fence while the kids worked on their steers. Marlo was out for chores. Chores went fine. We had some fence to fix and put in some more posts on the project fence. Stetson is getting decent about going through a specific gate and getting into the swing of things.
Saturday dad, Ben, Kaine and Kade went to Ady to get panels we bought from Ruth and Gary. There are a lot of heavy powder River Panels. Toni, Jaxsen, Anna and I got cows in, fixed fence, chased cows, moved cows, hunted cows, paired up cows. We had planned to work on more fence, but we really needed to get the cows moved. Toni rode Pistol and Anna rode Kady. We also had people out to look at the cow we have for sale. And a bull buyer came and got his bull. We also had some acquaintances come look at the grulla filly out of Bayley, they bought her as soon as they saw her. She is a pretty cool little filly. Then we got an outside mare in and the kids from that family also mauled Bayley’s filly. Tall John showed up so we went to do chores and talk about horses.
Sunday we did more of the same, chased cows, fixed fence, hauled horses, the kids worked on their steers. I decided to west nile and deworm all of the mares in Circle 5, 2 of which we needed to get out with studs. So I did that while Toni showed a buyer around and looked at horses. She had a hard decision to make, but picked Honey Bug as the one she wanted. We moved Tank and his mares down to circle 6. Poor Tank accidentally ran through the fence then couldn’t figure out how to get back in the pen. He was not hurt and we got him back in and fixed the fence. We moved Ellie out with Tank and Lura out with Gunner. Now all of the studs have at least one mare with them. Anna started clipping her steers to get ready for the Pomeroy show. Kade moved Slick up to Toni’s house so he could practice roping in his spare time.
We were really excited this week to get Tank and King back. Both are stallions we raised that we think very highly of. We do have King for sale, but that is just because of the number of studs we have right now. And King and Tank are both related to quite a few of our mares, so selling one of them makes sense, but it isn’t something we are in any rush to accomplish.
It has been very rewarding to see the high amount of interest in the foal crop. Every day we are getting calls and emails. Many people are buying without coming out. We do have the foal contract online if anyone is interested in a foal and wants to see the contract. We love having people out to take the tour. Showing off our breeding program and ranch is one of the more fun things we get to do. Clearly as breeders we always think there is room for improvement, but we are pretty proud of the program we have put together. If you want to come out and see what KT Ranch is about, please let us know so we can get you scheduled.
As always, we are excited to see this crop of foals. They have been worth the wait. We are hitting the half way mark.
We got some much needed rain Monday morning, not a lot but every little bit helped. Anna was told Monday morning that she needed to be at school early, as an FFA officer, for the drive your tractor to school day. So her and Kaine went early and Toni took Kade and Jaxsen. Kaine got to ride in a tractor to school with his friend Maxx. Toni was behind them and Kaine thought it was some random person waving at them in a Tahoe that looks like Toni’s. Mom and Dad went to Spokane and took Francis Faye out for a drive and to lunch. Francis Faye is one of dad’s cousins. Toni and the boys put the last of the poles on the fence after chores, Toni has told them they can have the rest of the week break now, she is really swell. Anna had a Zoom Nile Heifer meeting after chores.
Tuesday we had a lot of foals, Mud had a cute colt by Jackpot. BB had a fancy dun filly, possibly roan, by Sagebug and Rosie B had a stunning dun filly, looks like a possibly dunalino, by Jackpot. All foals are doing great. After chores Toni, Jaxsen and I reset a rail road tie that has a heavy gate on it. It is still pulling it so we are going to cement it. The men are still feeding some cattle, most are out, and the mares. They are also getting the circles ready to run.
Wednesday Toni and the boys cemented the rail road tie in after chores and school. Then the boys topped some of the taller posts, of course they made it a race. Kade had Toni’s reciprocating saw and Kaine had the mini chainsaw. They both kept having difficulties, Kaine may have won. They didn’t do the best job because they were in a hurry. After that they went to help Anna with chores. Toni and I went out to put some more clips on the mesh fence until we ran out of them. On Wednesday we only had one foal, Lona had a palomino colt by Leroy and mom was so mad she had not named him yet. She has been wanting a filly to keep for years. I have put in a random name until she decides to name him. Her and dad also price this colt. The price reflects lots of over-discussion about how great Lona is, how great Lona’s dam was, etc.
Thursday we decided to let the cement settle for another day, so after school, chores and work, Toni, Jaxsen and I went out to finish putting the clips on the mesh fence. We are also still working on Spunky who everyone thinks is a pet. She also thinks she is a pet. She isn’t getting out of pet mode very well. The kids all went up to do cow chores because Ben had to work late. Lots of babies on Thursday Bailey had a fancy grullo filly by Sagebug and Charlie had a chromy filly by Dude.
Friday dad took the big Hereford bull to Connell to get his horn cut, and after Toni loaded him she went out to check. Piper D had a chromy long anticipated red dun colt, yes, I am disappointed it is a colt. Tessa had a stunning grullo colt. Dad then took the bull up to his new home, so one less bull at the house. We are excited to get these bulls out to their new homes. The boys got the steers in to take the weigh in on Saturday. Toni, Marlo, and I put the gate up at the corral. We couldn’t get it to go in very well, so we had to get serious with it and bring out the sledge hammer. It is up now. We also spent some time Friday trying to organize a big weekend with way too much to do.
Saturday we had steer weigh-in in the morning , we had a full load with 12 steers. The halter broke 4 had their own compartment and barely fit. The trailer pulled like a lead sled. It was good to see people at steer weigh-in and see everyone else’s prospects. There are going to be some really tough classes at the fairs this year. Anna drove home and Kaine, Kade and I went down and got everyone coffees, chai teas or smoothies. We went home and sorted off the 8 heifers that are being sold and turned the rest out with the bulls. We went down and got circle 5 in and sorted mares and turned Gunner and Sagebug out. We got done pretty late. By the time we got done with circle 5, we went from having 37 mares in that field to 13. So lots of movement. We also had to west nile and work the mares before they got turned out. We also cleared out a couple of the open mares from mom and dads and got them out with studs.
One of our Apache Blue Boy mares, Crystal, went up to Allie’s to get Aied to NZ Scotch Time. We asked Codi (NZ Scotch Time aka Rip) to only send sexed semen since we want another filly! She didn’t make us any promises. Sunday we weaned the fall heifer and tied up the fall heifer and Jaxsen’s two Angus steers. The other three kids washed their steers and Angus heifers. Jeanie and Sonny brought out some horses and Ben’s long horn calf. He is tiny. Ben is happy. We continued to move mares and got studs out. Leroy has now been moved to mom and dad’s in Double’s old pen. We need an old stud that isn’t related to the majority of the mares, so he was it. We had to move Crossfire and Cappy over to the other side of the corral, except Crossfire, as a coming 2 year old stud, felt he should also breed mares. He went through two fences to get back where he wanted to be. Somehow he was being watched over because he got some minor surface cuts and that was it. So we got to fix some fence and talk about how we are going to make it stronger and more resistant to young studs, if that is possible.