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Life has been pretty busy lately. But busy in a good way. Hopefully

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!

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KT Major Dun Bug


KT Major Dun Bug

Colt
Sire: KT Gunners Sagebug
Dam: KT Major Shasta Dais
Date Born: 3/11/22
Color: Dun (Roan?)
Price: 5,000
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.
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Last Week in Pictures

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Check out the Angus cow and heifers we have for sale on our Angus webpage.

We have one Angus pair and a few Angus and Angus cross heifers for sale, check them out at https://horseshoeangusranch.com/sale-heifers/

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Luckily we survived it! (Maybe that is a bit dramatic)

                Monday morning Dunny had a beautiful colt by Dude. Crystal, who Allie had brought back from getting AIed to NZ Scotch Time, was out at down at the corral, she did not like living with Stinger, who can be a real B. Toni and Kade put panels up along the side of the fence that is semi-imaginary, since Rocky the old Hereford bull thinks wire is for rubbing, and not as a fence.  Crystal then pushed the fence in a different spot and got out, so she went in Tulip’s halter breaking pen, and Tulip went back out with the yearlings. Toni had to run into Connell for Jaxsen’s baseball game, so Kade and I caught Crystal and put her back. Kaine got home from baseball practice, so him and Kade went up and helped Anna pack to head to Spokane.

                Tuesday morning Kade and Jaxsen went to school, Kaine, Anna and I finished packing for the Spokane Jr Livestock show. We went over to Connell around 10 to pack tack there.  Dad went and picked up Toni and Kade. Somehow, they got all of the stuff packed in his vehicle, including Toni’s new puppy Abby. Toni took her over to Whitney to watch while we were gone. Everyone got there around noon, and then we headed for the Spokane Jr Livestock show. Joe drove the mini Pete with the Eby, with lots of kids. We got here around 2 and unloaded steers and tack and got ready for the show.  Everyone is always impressed when we roll in with the Pete and the show cattle, we actually look somewhat professional. Haha. It does not look like I took any pics on Tuesday, so here are some random pictures.

Wednesday the press release finally came out that we are the 2021 Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year and we finally got the share it with the world. Thank you everyone for your kind words, we are honored and humbled to be recognized as the AQHA 2021 ranching heritage breeder of the year by AQHA. We can’t thank everyone that has supported us enough. Our dedication and commitment to the ranching industry will continue full force.

Also on Wednesday, the kids worked on homework after we washed and fed. Wednesday the weather was pretty good, which did not last all week.  Normally we make the kids livestock judge, but it is just way too much. It goes all day. And the Connell FFA team would have only had 3 kids not 4, so that wasn’t going to work. It was great to be up at Spokane seeing all of our show friends. Toni calls these trips Showcations. We also have a bunch of family that goes up to Spokane so good to see them as well. Mom sent massive amounts of baked goods, so we had lots of people over to try the muffins and cookies. The baked goods didn’t last long.

                Thursday Anna, Kaine, Kade and I got up at 4:15, to be out at 4:30, to get all of our prospects and market steers washed. Toni was out around 5 and her and Kaine started doing beds, since we were done washing and Anna and Kade were blowing. Then Leslie, Ady, Natalie and Julian got out and Kaine and Julian washed their steers and Ady and Natalie did their beds. The heifers showed first, then prospects and then market steers. Kaine was 9th overall and Kade was 10th overall in market steer prospects. Anna was second in her class, so all three made it back to the championship round.  It was a deep class. The winning steer came from a really great showperson out of Montana and was a really fancy steer. In Market, Anna, Kade, Julian and Natalie all made it back to the championship round. Anna was 4th, Kade 6th, Natalie 11th and Julian 12th overall. Everyone showed great.  Again, the fat steer classes were tough and the kids showed great and placed really well.  The Judge was from Oklahoma and made short work of the classes, so he was able to get everyone done by early afternoon.

Friday since we only had to wash the market steers we slept in to 5, if you have a market steer you have to show them in showmanship. We started with juniors, both of our juniors made it back and Julian was Grand Champion and Natalie was Reserve Grand Champion. Timmy, Julian’s steer, is a great purebred Hereford steer, Julian and I decided he was our favorite of all of Julian’s steers. Natalie had a really great clubby steer form Gary Byee, who also showed really well.  Ady, Kade and Kaine are all intermediates, Kaine made it back to the championship round, Ady and Kade showed really well too, but their steers didn’t show the best. Anna is our only senior this year, she made it back and was the 5th overall senior showman, and her steer wasn’t that great. Good job kids. Friday night there was a tornado/funnel cloud over the top of us, which we did not know until the next day when Erina sent us the news link. The weather was horrible on Friday night.  Luckily we survived it!

                Saturday was the sale, the steers always sell last, so we slept in until 6:30. We washed and fed the steers and then went and had breakfast. We also watched the Twins, McCall and McKenna Lovejoy, graduated from college at Oklahoma State on Saturday morning. We are so proud of our girls. Saturday we continued to have crazy weather, it would pour rain, hail, the wind blew, then the sun would come out. It was crazy. Thank you to all our buyers, Scheffelmaier Meats is a great repeat buyer and bought Anna’s steers, the Spokane booster club bought Kaine, Kade and Adys steers, and Fusion Seeds bought Natalie and Julians. Thank you everyone for your support. All of the steers left Saturday, which is not normal, they normally leave on Sunday. Kicker came up and took the tack and prospects home. We helped clean up the barn, packed panels, pulled t-posts, cleaned and picked-up. We were able to pack up and leave about 7:30 Saturday night. We had to stop and feed the kids, so it was about 10:30 when I got home. But it was worth sleeping in our own beds.  We were all exhausted and thankful to be home.  Luckily the weather had worn itself out as well for the most part. There were some wind gusts, but not too bad of a trip home.

Sunday Ben made us bacon wrapped shrimp, tri tip and Dutch oven potatoes for Mother’s Day, I do not think Toni ended up with any potatoes or tri tip, it was great. We got to sleep in and then do a few ranch chores. Happy Mother’s Day everyone. 

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There are some great prospects and broke horses on our sale page.

Many of the horses on our sale page are not ours or located at our ranch in Connell. Please call the owners of the horses, they are bred by us or out of one of our stallions, which is why they are our for sale page. There is a really nice broke mare, a green broke mare, a 4 year old with limited ground work, two year old colts, a two year old filly, two stallions and some yearlings.

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This spring has been fraught with unexpected twists.

               Baseball season I guess has officially started. Kaine had a gave on Monday night, Toni and Kade did the horse chores and then Kade went and helped Anna with the cow chores. The men flushed out the circle to get it ready to turn on water. Kaine’s team lost, then Kaine and I hung around and watched Jaxsen’s practice to bring him home with us. It looked like at practice they were playing tag, not baseball. Toni teased BB and the new mare we got from Dan and Rusanne, Miss Gen. Neither were quite ready yet.  We got some much-needed rain, which came about the time Toni was putting wire out on the latest fencing project.

Tuesday Jaxsen had a game, Toni and Kade still did chores first. Toni put Rosey and Miss Gen in with Stetson, Miss Gen was in heat. I went out when I got home to catch BB, but she was anti. I moved the old buckskin mare back down with Double, so if I caught BB I could put her in with her sister, Mil. Jaxsen team lost, but he played a good game. Dad went and picked Kaine up from practice and went and got new tires for the gooseneck.

Wednesday dad and Steve left to Centerville with another bull. They had a great trip over but there was snow and traffic coming back. They had a great time talking to James while they were over there. Kaine had a baseball game on Wednesday, Marlo and dad both went and watched. I had a late work function, so I did not make it.

                Thursday I was still on a work tour. McKenna presented her final at Oklahoma State, I was able to watch a little of it on the bus while we went from one place to the next. McKenna is studying to be an Engineer, so I made the engineer sitting next to me watch too. I also slipped and fell in the only little square of mud there was on a sandy hill. Luckily I had a spare pair of pants since we were doing family pics after work. Kendel came down and took the pictures with my camera and I edited them. Kendel did a great job, the pictures turned out really well.  We let the three older kids pick their horses to ride, but we forced poor Kaine to ride Reba because we wanted her in the pics because we love her. We have quite a few nice mares, but Reba was there and on the favorites list so she made it into the picture. We had some of the horses in the pasture try to be in the pictures as well and some of the dogs. Sometimes photos are the ranch can be entertaining.

              Friday I took dad down to Musser Bros to pickup his new pickup. We got lunch for everyone at Hot Mess, which is a burger wagon in Kennewick, like a taco truck, it was really good and the burgers were huge. Then Scott Dowers, who bought three bulls, asked if he could get them over the weekend, so I checked with dad and him and Steve made a plan to take them Sunday. I hauled some stuff out to the camper, then met the kids down to do chores. Jaxsen’s game got canceled, so he got to help with fence.  Our fencing project isn’t progressing very fast. I think we all have fencing fatigue, as in we don’t want to build fence anymore.

                Saturday Ben, Leslie and I took the campers down to park at Spokane. Anna worked at the FFA plant sale, and the boys worked on their heifers and steers. We had an outside mare come to be bred to Dude, then Brita and Austin came out to look at horses. Since they have been out a bunch, Toni made them help her get Jitter in and move her back to the house. We got back and Toni and I got the rest of the horses in out of circle 5 and hauled them to the house. We put Zoey with Dude. We took the outside bay mare out to ultrasound on Sunday. Mark came and AIed Anna’s nile heifer and two more of the show heifers. Toni and I went and got some poles to put up and made ourselves a stack down at the fencing project.

           Sunday the kids continued to work on their show animals. Dad and Steve took the bulls on to Moses Lake. Mom called Toni, and Toni called me, and said we had a horse down, so we ran down there and Piper was colicing. We were not able to get her back up, she had a 21 day old colt, that Toni refers to Bubby, and we got him and Leroy in while we worked with Piper.  We couldn’t save her. We broke for lunch and a much needed break. Then Toni came down and we got mares in for Allie to ultrasound that afternoon.  We also had a mare to ship with Allie and one to send with John, so those mares also had to come in. We had mares everywhere. Tied up, in pens, had people holding them. Allie also had a mare that needed a foal, so Bubby got to go with Allie and see if that would work. Ultrasounding went ok, or as expected. We knew we would have some open this early. We also thought something was off with Rosie, and she needed some TLC once Allie took a look. We did have 2 mares bred to Stetson, so that is exciting that he is getting the job done. Allie had gotten Crystal bred to NZ Scotch time, aka Rip, so she brought her back.  We got everyone loaded and all headed home, then finished moving mares around and getting everything cleaned up until about 8 pm Sunday night.

This spring has been fraught with unexpected twists. Just when we think things are starting to smooth out and get back into a good groove, something happens that sets us back. We had a friend ask, how do we do it? How do you continue when you know you can’t save them all? You focus on the positive. We have a couple of mares in the heavy pen. The grass is green and really starting to come on. Almost all of the bulls are sold and shipped out, we just have 2 Hereford bulls left. Life is good.

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We always try to plan for the unexpected, be ready, be prepared, but even with all the planning in the world, you can’t outsmart mother nature.

Toni was mad on Sunday we did not get any Easter babies, especially after seeing all of the ones everyone got on Facebook. Still no babies on Monday. I do not know what they are waiting for. The weather was all clear, but cold, on Monday, so dad was finally able to take the load of cows and the bull to Toppenish.  We had two mares down Monday that just weren’t acting right, so lots of texts with Sheena regarding what to do. The problem with horses is that they are hard. We kept them both going and kept bugging poor Sheena. We are very thankful for her as our vet.  Toni and Kade did the horse chores, and then Toni took Jaxsen to his baseball game and Kade went to help Anna with the cattle chores. Dad went and picked Kaine up from baseball practice and then took him up to help with chores. The heifers and 050 were finally going to leave on Tuesday, so Anna and the men got them in and in the corral, since Arlen was going to be there at 6 Tuesday morning. The three bulls we have left to semen check were also moved to the house for Ben to haul in on his way to work on Tuesday. The lawn mower broke down at our house, which is fairly new, so I had cousin Kendel come and mow my yard, so I did not have to rake and bale it by the time ours gets fixed.