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KT Cut N Shine

KT Cut N Shine is a cute bay roan colt out of Jazabell Shine and by KT King of Blue. Jazabell is a daughter of AQHA Rom earner Shiney Men Can Jump. Shiney Men Can Jump is by Shining Spark, who is in the  AQHA Hall of Fame, World Champion, ROM Performance, NRHA money-earner, AQHA Leading Sire, NRCHA Leading Sire with $3,000,000. NRHA $3,000,000 sire. Sire of: World Champion Offspring, Superior Performance Offspring, AQHA High Point Performance Offspring, ROM Halter Offspring, ROM Performance Offspring, NRHA Money-earners and NCHA Money-earners. On the bottom side Shiney Men Can Jump is out of Ms Jumpin Jack Sprat, who is a daughter of  Docs Jack Sprat. Docs Jack Sprat is an earner of AQHA Show H-58/P-43, Superior Halter, ROM Performance, AQHA Champion, NCHA $3,069.33, NCHA COA, SIRE OF: 125 performers and leading sire with NCHA earnings over $3.4 million. Bell is a fancy rabicano bay mare. She has a great personality and loves attention. She is broke to ride but has not been shown. KT King of Blue is out of KT Copper Queen Isabelle, “Izzy,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bish.” 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. We were able to show her prior to her injury, and now we use her on the ranch. She really goes after the cows. Izzy’s pedigree includes many greats like Major Bonanza, Sizzlin Hot, Major King, Docs Dee Bar and more. This colt was born 4/23/21. $3,500

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This week I definitely felt like Lorrie Morgan’s song, Except for Monday.

This week I definitely felt like Lorrie Morgan’s song, Except for Monday. Except for Monday, which was never good anyway, I do not even really remember Monday. I was so tired after getting home late from Nebraska, I had to pry my eyes open in the morning. The kids got home from Nebraska, with Jay and Leslie, after sleeping for two days in the mini-Pete. Toni and dad went and picked them up and literally pulled into Grandma’s house right behind them. Toni had started chores before they had left, so we just had a few left to do Monday night.  Martine came out and confirmed his two foals that he is buying. Blackie’s colt was his second choice. He is a brick of a colt. Below are Nebraska pics that I just got from Peals Pics, the professional photographer there.

Tuesday, I definitely felt a little sideways. The kids got to work working on their clubby heifers and steers to get them ready for the Summer Sizzle this coming weekend. They washed, blew and started clipping them. Jaxsen was not happy the kids were back and he had to start working on his steer again. He worked on him a few days while we were gone, but nothing serious. Tuesday Katie foaled, she had a cute filly out of Jackpot, that I named Firecracker. Toni started halter breaking Can Can on Tuesday to dr her leg. She did REALLY good. We fly sprayed her and doctored her and she stood like a super champ.

Wednesday, I feel better just for spite, however, someone at work told me I was tired, WTF. I do feel better than I was Monday and Tuesday. Toni took the kids for some trailer driving practice around the place. They also moved all of King and Tank’s mares out. Breeding season is over for them. Except, we put Katie in with Tank, since she is old. She can foal whenever. Toni and the kids also worked on the two year olds, Anna’s is Jojo, Kaine has Peanut, Kade Stormy, Toni Lightening bug and Cousin Patricia Nellie ( so the kids worked on her).

Thursday and Friday take too long, after I got to work on Thursday, I had to turn around and drive back to the Wahluke office (which is by our house) for an Accident Prevention Meeting, due to our Human Resource Manager being sick. Then Hannah and I stopped at the Mercantile on our way back to the office and got chips and salsa for everyone. Toni had court at 10. Grace took the kids to Connell so Jay could help them clip their steers and heifers. The kids helped Traci and Whitney back up the tack box. After they came home and did chores, they worked on their two year olds. Coco is back in WA, so she also helped.  We also started halter breaking Quinn. The kids continued to ride their 3 year olds and work on the 2 year olds.

Friday, I took the camper to work, so I could go straight to the Summer Sizzle from there. The kids packed the tack in the morning. Toni went down around 1 to get the kids and head to Walla Walla, both Sagebug and Gunners pen were out in the bigger circles, out with the cows, but that put them next to each other. So they went out and got them in and fixed the fences, Kaine got stuck in his blazer in the process. That put them an hour or more behind schedule. They loaded up and headed out, not far past mom and dad’s house they had a blew a tire on the trailer, which blew the bearing cover off on the other tire. The kids and Toni changed the tire, then they went to the Grange and got a new tire. But they did not have the bearing cap, went to Napa, still no luck. So, Toni, Leslie and the kids headed towards Pasco for Traci to join their convoy and then on to Walla Walla. On the way Toni’s snack bag blew out with all her tea, straws, and food. They got there, Toni’s GPS took them a roundabout loop and they ended up going through a very narrow gate to get into the fair grounds. I headed their way at 5, when I got off of work, they were just getting done unloading the trailer. Traci and I went to set up the campers, the pantry door came open in mine and spaghetti sauce had spilled all over and into the vent. John stopped by to see us that night, and he went to Costo and got Toni some tea. It was much appreciated.  

Before I knew it, Saturday was gone. We were up early washing the cattle to show, the show started at 9 with heifers and then steers. The three fall heifers were first, Natalie, Addy and Julian, they all did great. Then Kaine with his red slubby heifer and were followed by Anna and her Angus and Kaine and his clubby. They all did a great job. Then an hr break and steers by weight. Jaxsen had Dagger, Kaine had Kid Curry, Kaine had Ike, Anna had Sundance Kid, Aka Pumpkin, Natalie had AJ, Addy Shrek and Julian Speedy Gonzalez. Kade made it back to the championship round. Kade and Anna both had Charolais influenced steers, and Anna was Reserve champion and our cousin Parker Grand champion. Good job everyone. We broke for lunch, some of the kids and I napped after lunch, the other kids hung out in the camper and rested. Anna, Parker and the adults that were left hung out in the barn. Kicker took the cattle we did not need for showmanship home, so we had 5 less to wash in the morning.   

But it’s Sunday now and you can bet that I’m all right, or kind of because I napped?? We washed and then got ready for the halter breaking clinic that Miles put on. After that we had showman, youngest to oldest.  So our Peewees, Kayla and Savannah, then the Jrs, Kade, Jaxsen, Natalie, Addy and Julian, Kade was Reserve champion in showmanship, Julian and Natalie also made it back.  Kaine and Anna were intermediates. Then we ate lunch, packed up and headed home. We got home in time to get all of our stuff out of the camper and go and do chores.  John had also brought us a new mare while we were gone so we got to meet Rita when we got back.

We are lucky to have great friends and family that can do the chores while we are gone, which allows us to be gone.  Currently the chore load is pretty heavy, but luckily with Marlo, Coco, Mom, Dad, Ben, and Kicker everything gets done and we can safely leave. There is nothing better than good friends and family.

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KT Shining Blue King

KT Shining Blue King is a fancy colt is out of KT Copper Queen Isabelle, “Izzy,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bish.” 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. This is a filly that was our first 4th generation foal. We were able to show her prior to her injury, and now we use her on the ranch. She really goes after the cows. Izzy’s pedigree includes many greats like Major Bonanza, Sizzlin Hot, Major King, Docs Dee Bar and more. This colt was born 5/10/19. $5,000

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Bell

We are anxiously awaiting our foal (hoping for a filly) out of our Bell. We are actually anxiously awaiting ANY foal.

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KT Blue Eyed Colonel

KT Blue Eyed Colonel is an impressive colt with a pedigree that speaks for itself. He 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 colt is ELEGANT with blue eyes and lots of chrome. He was born 5/17/18. $3,500

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KT Alaskan Ruby

KT Alaskan Ruby is a cute filly out of Cue Bars Cue Tee, “Payton,” and by KT Heza Pana Dude, “Dude.” Payton is an NRCHA and NRHA money earner raised, shown and owned by Allison Trimble of the Coastal Equine breeding program. This filly 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. Dude is by Zinks Major Kid and out of Panas May Day. Dude is a great stallion with some unique markings, and has great breeding that includes Pana Dude, Major Bonanza, Skipper W, Skipster and more. This filly was born 5/30/18. $2,500

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KT Fortunate Doll

KT Fortunate Doll is our first foal of the year is here, and she is a cute filly by Doll Docsan, “Leroy,” and out of Taris Smart Fortune, “Lola.” Lola was professionally trained by Scott Martin. She is an own daughter of Tari Smart, who has won over $12,000 NCHA. Her pedigree also includes Smart Little Lena, Peppy San, Freckles Playboy, and Smokin Jose are on her papers. Lola has been used as a ranch horse and has had some cutting training. Leroy is a stallion with a performance packed pedigree along with a very good disposition. He was a very smooth ride with tremendous talent, beautiful movement and huge stop. He was quiet and trainable which he passes along to his foals; he consistently produces fantastic foals with looks, color, conformation and brains. Leroy was unshown due to a wire cut injury that took a long time to heal; it happened just before hitting the showpen as a 3 year old and as a result he was turned out to the studpen. Leroy has produced 1 foal that has NRHA earnings. He also has a 3 year old competing in Western Dressage, was 3rd in Canada in July 2016 and has racked up more 1st place finishes since then. Leroy’s is sired by Dolls Union Jac- ROM, NRHA earnings, and sired foals that have earnings in excess of $310,000.00 in NRHA, as well as earnings in NRCHA, Buckskin Assoc., and the AQHA world show. Leroy’s dam is Docsan Jeany who has produced foals with earnings in excess of $3700.00 and AQHA point earners. Leroy is also double registered with NFQHA at 92%. This is a filly with a performance pedigree deluxe. She was born 2/6/18. $2,500

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KT DynaMight Pistol

KT DynaMight Pistol is a cute buckskin filly was born on the first day of spring. She is out of KT Wright on Dyna and is by KT Gunpowder N Lead. Dyna is a 2010 mare out of Dregers Harley Tucker, a daughter of Dry Doc Chex (NCHA money earner), out of a Doc Tom Tucker/King Fritz mare. Dyna is by Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel.” Harly was shown in cutting and is owned by Wagner Performance Horses of Wilbur, WA. Harley has been used for ranch work, been roped off of, used to doctor calves, and the kids can rider her too! This mare’s pedigree is full of cutting/performance horses. 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. Pistol’s sire, Gold Country Charro is a dunskin stallion that was shown in 1998 and 1999 in halter at local shows. This filly is bred to really perform and have a sensible mind. We would really like to keep this filly, and she has been on and off the keep list a couple of times. But, we just have too many and alreayd have 4 we are keeping from 2017. She was born 3/20/17. $2,000

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  Thankful

We actually had a semi relaxing weekend; it was Toni and Anna’s birthdays so we spent a little time partying. Anna had some friends over Friday night, Toni went to Tri Cities to have lunch with some friends on Saturday, and we had a family party on Sunday. Uncle Skip was able to come from St. John and spend the day with us for the party. Skip lives at the Pierson Homestead in St. John, WA.


We had a great week halter breaking with four phenomenal foals. Pecan, Handy, Uptown, and Smashed were all joys. These foals would meet us at the gate in the first week which is rare. Clearly we think all of our foals are great, but these made the week go by quickly. The boys were able to help with the halter breaking process which makes chores easier and we actually get done in the light!


Friday Pecan was scheduled to go to her new home in OR. She is one of the two AQHA Youth Development foals. Grace and her family came and we had a great visit. Grace generously made us a pecan pie AND made the pie plate that the pie was in. The pie plate was painted with a picture of Pecan the horse with Grace’s name and KT Ranch. We loved meeting Grace and her family and are very thankful that Pecan is going to such a wonderful home.

Grace
On Sunday, 38 Special (Handy), Uptown and Smashed Again went to their new homes. Handy and Uptown were sold to the same buyers. They were a pair. Two of our tallest foals this year and both so kind and gentle. Jim and Sandy came out quite a few times over the summer to see them, so Handy and Uptown were already familiar with Jim and Sandy. The worst part about these two foals was they would NOT load. I guess they didn’t want to leave us and head into the snowy north. We finally got them loaded. Whetzels, our good friends, had bought Smashed so they were there to pick her up as well. Smashed loaded great, took all of 5 seconds to load. So 4 more babies gone. We have Sheriff and Goldencents in now getting halter broke. They are doing well, but it is only day 2. Sheriff is going to our other AQHA Development Youth Jenny. Jenny is planning to come this weekend to get him.


Many people know that we have had Mil in training for the last several months. Katie Whetzel has done a fantastic job with Mil. Mil was ready to have a change so it was decided that she would go to Josh and Crystal Hoelscher of Sizzlin Quarter Horses. We are very thankful for all of the work that Katie has put into getting Mil were she is. Katie has soft hands and the patience of a saint, so the perfect trainer for young horses. Josh and Crystal plan to update FB frequently with pics of Mil. Of course the current weather, rain, drizzle, and dark clouds, does really allow for quality pictures.


Thankful. That is the word that we have used as we approach Thanksgiving. It really encompasses our overall thinking here. We are thankful for our friends, family, and buyers. We love raising livestock and could not continue if we didn’t have people that believed in our ranch and our mission- to provide good quality cow horses that can really excel in any arena. Thank you.

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