KT I am Major Groot
Sire: KT Heza Pana Dude
Dam: Watch Miss ID, “Twiggy.”
Date Born: 4/8/22
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KT I am Major Groot is a charming colt by KT Heza Pana Dude, “Dude,” and out of Watch Miss ID, “Twiggy.” Dude is a great stallion that we kept by Zinks Major Kid. Dude was started by Jordan Crabtree in Ferndale, WA and he was a great horse to start, Jordan enjoyed riding him. He produces foals have a lot of size, great personalities and are very trainable. He is great to be around and is really a trifecta for us, pedigree, personality and confirmation. His pedigree includes Pana Dude, Major Bonanza, Skipper W and more. Twiggy is a daughter of ID Watch, a red roan AQHA stallion that has earned his ROM. Twiggy’s breeding also includes Two Eyed Jack on her papers, Watch Joe Jack, Mr. Baron Red, and Do Jack. She is a very friendly, moderate framed mare that produces some great performance prospects. She is a favorite to visitors coming out, she loves attention and have very personable foals that are fancy. This colt is going to be fancy with his marking, and have the pedigree to really perform.
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KT I am Major Groot
KT Jackpot City
Sire: City Smarts.
Dam: Lenas Abbie N Charge
Date Born: 8/21/14
Color: Dun, he is color tested as e/e, A/a, N/Cr, D/N
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Jackpot is a really pretty moving dun stallion, he is bred for performance deluxe. “Abbie” is a daughter of Smart Like Lena with Mr. Charge Bar on the bottom side. Smart Like Lena is a son of Smart Little Lena and has lifetime earnings of over $89,000.00 a ROM in cutting, and has sired offspring earning over $100,000 in NCHA money. Many people think of Mr. Charge Bar, on Abbie’s bottom side, as a racehorse, which he was, but he also was an NCHA money earner, had 33 AQHA performance points, 11 halter points, and an SI of 75. City Smarts is by An Educated Guess, 385 reining points, and the highest point earning son of Smart Chic Olena. This is a pretty moving stallion with tons of ability. As on July 2019 Jackpot is 14.3 hands tall. Click here for Jackpot 5 Panel Test, he’s negative on his 5 panel. He has not been ridden since we got him back from the trainer. He has been turned out with mares.
KT OneShadie Captain
Sire: Captains Double Coy
Dam: A Little Shadie Chic
Date Born: 4/26/20
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KT OneShadie Captain is out of A Little Shadie Chic, “Shadie,” and by Captains Double Coy, “Double.” Shadie is a dark palomino mare that has been shown on the reining circuit, specifically NRHA taking home the 2006 Reserve Regional Experience Reining Region One. This mare continued her show career earning multiple points. Shadie continued to take young people to the show ring until becoming a broodmare. Shadie is a daughter of Comandalena who has earned over $143,000.00 and 260.5 points. On the bottom side Shadie is a granddaughter of A Little Shady Jac, earner of $17,715.86 in NRHA and AQHA points. Doc Tom Tucker, Hollywood Jac 86, Fritz Command, and Smart Little Lena are on Shadie’s papers. Shadie is 5 panel neg. Double is an outstanding stallion that really puts his stamp on his foals. His foals are really easy to break and are really cowy. Double was professionally trained and then used on the ranch. He shows cow ability, but rides like a gelding. He is a fun horse to have around and an easy horse to get along with. We are currently using daughters of Double on the ranch, have shown some of his foals, and have been very impressed with their easy nature, but ability to work cattle. We have also sold foals out of Double for roping and barrel horses. Double tends to throw a huge hipped foal, with lots of instant speed when needed. Perfect for performance and ranch work
Lass Cinder Music, “Cinder”
Sire: Concord Music
Dam: Ponokas Lass
Date Born: 5/17/15
Cinder is another great mare to come to us from the Riley River Ranch. She has also been ranch ridden. Cinders’s sire, Concord Music, is by Snipper Music, AQHA Show H-0/P-3 (Team Penning), 1985 Winner of the Kaniksu Reined Cowhorse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity. Lass Cinder Music Quarter Horse (allbreedpedigree.com)
Miss Ravalii Legacy “Revel”
Sire: Snips Silver Legacy
Dam: Ponokas Lass
Date Born: 4/22/14
Color: Dun Roan
Revel is a cute dun mare that has been ranch ridden on the Riley River Ranch. We have her in partnership with Sonny and Jeannie Riley. Revel’s sire, Snips Silver Legacy, is by Snipper Music, AQHA Show H-0/P-3 (Team Penning), 1985 Winner of the Kaniksu Reined Cowhorse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity. https://www.allbreedpedigree.com/miss+ravalii+legacy
Empress Select, “Rosie B“
Sire: GFR Jo Baca Select
Dam: Te For Empress
Date Born: 5/01/10
Rosie B has a great disposition and confirmation. She will come out and greet you in the pasture and loves attention. Her pedigree includes Two Eyed Jack, Azure Te, Coys Bonanza and more. Empress Select Quarter Horse (allbreedpedigree.com)
Miss Hollowpoint, “Shorty,”
Sire: Young Gun
Dam: Cal Bar Blues
Date Born: 5/19/02
Shorty is by NCHA money earning stallion, Young Gun. Young Gun has a LTE: $34,749, Sire of Offspring earnings in excess of $1.9 MILLION. He is a son of Freckles Playboy and out of Lenaette. Lenaette has NCHA earnings of $35,640, NCHA COA-Bronze. Cal Bal Blues is by Cal Dinky who is by Cal Bar. Cal Bar has is ROM in Performance, Reserve World Ch All-Around Stock Horse, CRCHA Ch Hackamore Horse, PCCHA Open and Novice Ch., NCHA $10,427 and COA-Bronze. Shorty is a stocky mare with a lot of eye appeal. Miss Hollowpoint Quarter Horse (allbreedpedigree.com)
It is the kids first full week of summer. Toni went to Richland on Monday to visit the gallbladder specialist, so brought the kids, mom and dad back Chinese food for lunch from their favorite Richland spot. And of course this is not a big surprise if you have been around Toni much, or my dad they both do this, she met random people at the restaurant while she waited for the food. One such guy needed to hire an Engineer so Toni is trying to get McKenna to call him. I was very jealous with my protein shake. After lunch dad and Anna took mini (the miniature horse) to Debbie’s to see Derringer (the mini stud). Then they went to Othello to get the Canyon from Deweys, I may or may not have hit a rock and broke the axle. But in my defense, I did not think there were any rocks along the fence line, I was stringing out wire and watching the wire wheel AND Murtaugh (Mur is a dog, FYI) was supposed to be watching for rocks. I hit the rock hard enough Murtaugh either jumped to the floor, because she was scared, and that is what I am going with, OR, option two that Ben likes, she was thrown to the floor by the impact. Whatever it is, Anna and dad picked up the fixed Canyon on Monday. Toni and dad and then Toni and I tried hand breeding Lucy, she seems to think she is in heat, but Leroy does not think she is in heat and she is a kicker.
Tuesday was a beautiful day. When I went to work Jackpot, Freida and the foals were in the alfalfa field, so I texted Anna and she ran down and got them in. They are walking through the circle gates, so we are looking at different options to change those out. Toni and the kids got circle 6 in Tuesday night. Then Toni and the boys started fixing the fence. I went down there after work, now only Jackpot and the two dry mares are down there, all of the mares and foals went home. The boys went up and finished the show cattle chores and then went fishing. Anna went to a basketball game in Connell with her friend Brandi. Toni and I moved the water and moved some horses around. Isidro finally got his hay up in circle 6, it finally dried out enough.
Wednesday was another beautiful day. The circle came back on at mom and dads. The horses like the water running, even when it is not that hot they stand under it. We moved Lucy, the Harder mare, to the corral. She is still kicking, but she seems to like Stetson, so maybe that will work? She is an old virgin mare so has some anxiety. We are really on the tail end of breeding, so there aren’t many mares in the corral for Stetson. Toni is still working on Sam to get her ready for Friday when she gets her first trim. Sam is really coming along. Sometimes foals just need some time to relax and be ready, mentally, to work and want to work. Sam is there. She is engaged and really wanting to be part of the team. Sam is for sale, she is the last yearling that we have marked to sell. She is very fancy, so not a hardship if she doesn’t sell.
Thursday was a busy day. Shadie finally foaled, fancy buckskin roan filly by King, looks a lot like Lendy’s filly. Dad, Anna and Kade took the heifers going to Jr Nationals to Soap Lake to get their feet trimmed. Dad drove up and Anna drove back. Kaine had another football scrimmage, Whitney brought him in for me. They played great. Toni finally had her gallbladder taken out, so she is going to take it easy for a couple of days. The surgery went well and hopefully she can eat good food again. I bought Toni present for finally getting her gallbladder out too.
Friday Chad came out and trimmed horses all day, with the kids. They all had a great time and they got a lot of horses trimmed. They got Sam done so now her hooves look beautiful. And she did really well so the work that was put into her paid off. John brought Butterfly back from getting a rebreed to PD. John is great about helping us to get everything done. When I got home Toni and I hand bred the Harder mare to Stetson, and tried to breed Abs, but she is not in heat. We moved water, etc. The normal stuff.
Saturday was another beautiful day. Kaine went to Camas’ house and they went to the river. Kade came down and Kade and Anna washed their heifers and steers. Dick and Ann from north of Pasco came out, and I took them on the tour so they could see all of the horses. I had forgotten how long the tour takes, it is a solid 2 ½ hours or more. In the afternoon Anna and I went and rolled up wire until chore time. Ben was out working on circles. The little wiper circle in the corn fields was having electrical issues and Eric from Lad had been out, they had been working on it for a few days. Trying to get it on before it got too hot. At chores Toni and I hand bred Lucy, the Harder mare again. Abs is still not in heat. We turned Sam back out with the other yearlings.
Sunday was hot. Kade and Jaxsen came down. Anna, Kaine and Kade washed their jackpotting steers and heifers. Jaxsen and I got the other ones in and Anna was done about then and helped us catch them. They we led them to the wash rack and Anna and Jaxsen washed theirs and then Kaine and Kade washed theirs. They all did really well for their first time to the wash rack. Ben cooked some food for us to take with us to Missouri, then went back out to work on circles. The three older kids cleaned out the trailer and cleaned out some of the tack to get ready to go to Missouri. We sent 2 outside mares home and talked about what other mares are done for the year. We are debating about breeding Shadie, so we will see. We are trying to keep water on in all of the pens so they animals, especially the older ones, can stay cool enough.
We went from winter to summer with no season in between, but I guess that is typical. Looking out at the pasture, seeing all of the foals and how much they are changing is really fun. Somehow, we ended up with a funny guy named Rich. Toni has new terminology for Rich every day: hog (horse/dog), fog (foal/dog), fuppy (foal/puppy)? He is just very entertaining. He has never really cared where his mom is. He will play with any animal or other foal, whether they want to or not. He knows no stranger. His sister, Peanut, was like this too, but not to this extent. Wild, Naughty, Willie and Stormin are also really tame, but Rich is in a category of his own. And Rich is one of the younger ones so his personality has really started to express itself more and more. We are just glad he is a colt so we won’t be tempted to keep him. If anyone wants to come meet him, let us know.
It rained all of Sunday night, we were very happy all our hay was up. Monday morning we had more rain and cool temps, it is supposed to warm up during the week. Somehow one of the poles in King’s pen got knocked down, but it was an easy fix. One of Toni’s college roommates called Monday morning and was headed through the area, so she stopped and had dinner with the Meachams. We were all happy to hear how Kellie was doing, besides on Facebook. Mom and dad went to town on Monday, so Toni got to feed Molly B lunch, Molly B has been moved to 6 hour feedings and is giving mom her sad face. As an FFA Officer, Anna got to go and talk to the Connell School Board on Monday night to ask about going to FFA National Convention. They were approved to go. They are very excited. The boys finished up the cattle chores and cleaned out the barn.
Tuesday the wind blew, yea, shocking after the rain. Kaine and some of his friends were dressing up as frat boys for their last full day of school. Mike Chubb came out and harvested two more head of cattle on Tuesday, a grass and a grain fed, both were presold. Alli came out and ultradsounded Tuesday night. Toni and the boys caught the horses. Stinger, Butterfly, Abs, Miss Gen and Rosey all open. Good news is Cami and Annie are bred, so they both got moved out to the field. However, 2/7 being bred is pretty bad. We are hearing across the board that it is a hard breeding year, so we aren’t taking it personally. This is the first time Cami has bred naturally vs AI, so that is cool. Leroy is pretty good at his job. We moved Lendy, Stinger and Rosie in with King. Mis Gen is going out with Leroy and Butterfly is going back to John’s to get bred to PD. Then we went down and checked Jackpot’s pen and went home.
Wednesday I left early for work and saw Comet in the fence, she is in the heavy pen, so in the corral I can check on my way to work. I raced down there and she was foaling and had rolled into the fence. I called Toni, dad and Ben, Dad and I had her most of the way out of the fence when Toni got down there, Comet decided she was good enough to get up. We got a halter on her and dad held her while Toni put her arm in to see what was going on. Foal was backwards with a leg down. So we got it pulled up, Toni and I started pulling it when Ben got there and helped us finish. Comet is fine, foal is not. It was a cute blue roan filly, very disappointing. However, we are happy Comet is OK. Sometimes we just have to focus on the good and Comet being alive and doing well is really good. Wednesday was turning into a real shit day. On the good glass half full side, Bob at work make me some peal rings, at cost, that are very nice, improved my mood to some degree. And he made a chain for mom, she wanted a shorter chain for some of her necklaces. Also, Wednesday was Kaine’s last spring Football jamboree. Some of the kids were already gone for summer break, so we had a pretty small team, only one extra person. And we played Pasco, so our Varsity and JV teams combined were smaller than their JV team. But the boys played really well. Kaine figured out the guy on the line and sacked the QB so many times that they asked him to just hit the guy in the back when he made it through the line versus knocking him down. Mom made a chocolate pie, it was great. Anna friends were over, and they helped Anna with the cattle chores, and then Ben, Anna, Josie and Brandi went to Booths to dr a highlander’s eye. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen did chores, moved water, etc. When I got there after the game we checked horses and waited for John to show up to get Butterfly. Then Toni went home for a call and I went down to give Comet a shot.
Thursday was the first actual day of summer break. Toni had court then her and the kids had their annual lake party. The kids worked on their show animals while Toni was in court. Then Kaine, Kade and Anna’s friends came over and Kendel, Scarlet, Kolton and the rest went down to the lake. They all had a blast. They stayed at the lake until chore time. The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold. They paddle boated, had the motor boat, kayaks, a tent for some cover, some floaties, and lots of snacks.
Friday Anna and Kaine went and helped sell strawberries with McKenna in Richland. Toni went down and loaded the two Hereford bulls for dad to take to Connell. One to go back to Joe so he can sell it in TX and ours to get his horns cut so he doesn’t look like a goober. Toni and Kade tied up steers. All of the steers are really coming along. When they got back McKenna helped the boys clip their steers to go to Saturday to Hermiston. Toni had Dad leave the trailer at his house and practiced loading Dagnon in the trailer to get her ready for a person to come look at her on Saturday. She loaded really well. She has been a really great filly overall. Too bad she is grade, but she will make a great horse for someone else. Marlo was also out on Friday and helped Toni with loading and getting Dagnon used to new people.
Saturday Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade and the BB Crew went to the UCCA Desert Classic in Hermiston. They had a good time. Kade with 5th overall with his steer. Anna and Natalie were reserve champion in showmanship and Kaine was grand champion in showmanship. Everyone did great. Ady and Julian showed well too.
At home Jaxsen, Toni, Tux (the cat), the shags (dogs) and I tied up the steers and did chores. Then we got in circles 4 and 5, Toni sorted circle 5 with us. Toni went to feed Molly B, since mom and dad went to Hermiston. Then we sorted cows, Toni had to leave for a while to sell Dagnon, so I just had Jaxsen and Tux, but we got it done. We hauled the bull calves down to circle 5 and went to haul the heifer calves back, but they had gotten a gate down and were out. We fixed fence and then did chores. Ben and the kids drove by while we were doing chores. Because Dagnon was sold, we got Sam in and got her haltered and ready to be the next project. As a yearling, Sam is already 13.2 hands, so pretty good sized. PBJ and Kat also came in with Sam, so Toni caught them and worked on picking up their feet to get them ready for Chad. We are down to the 8 yearling fillies. That sounds like too many but we like them.
Happy Fathers Day. The kids tied up the steers in the morning, while mom made pie and potato salad, I made burgers, hotdogs, german dogs, green salad, and Toni made apple crisp and Texas sheet cake with Grandma’s maple frosting. We had a great lunch with the fathers. Then Anna went to Toni’s house to pick out dresses to wear to Jr Nationals, as the WA Angus queen. Ben and Kaine went out and fixed the water line. I cleaned up the house and did dishes and laundry until chores. We put Miss Gen and Comet in with Leroy and tried to bred Abs to Stetson again, hopefully it takes this time. We took Lucy the outside mare down to see if Sagebug likes her today, since she was in heat. He still does not like her.
This has been one of those weeks. Good things have happened and bad things have happened that test your faith. We try not to dwell on the bad and instead focus on the good. I think that is one of those life lessons being a rancher teaches you, if you dwell on the bad, you are so wrapped up in what went wrong that you can’t learn and move forward. At the end of the week, we have 2 mares left to foal, and what seems like too many mares left to breed.