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Overall we had a great week and were happy to be going to a show again. It almost seemed normal.

Monday was a beautiful day. Truffles had a cute miniature horse filly by Dreamer, she looks like she will be blue roan.  Toni went through her 880 pics she took over the weekend while she waited for the court to call her for court over the phone. Kaine and Jaxsen had baseball practice. Toni, Anna, and Kade finished the last of the continuous fence at mom and dads, and put a man gate in, so we are finally done with that stretch of fence. While Toni was putting a chain on one of the panels, it happened to touch the electric fence to the North, so she got shocked. She had told the kids that they could have a break from fencing, but after the shocking incident, now she wants to tear down the electric fence and put something that is not electric up.  Kaine and I got there about the time they were getting done to help clean up.

                Tuesday Toni had a lot going on in the morning, in addition to her law stuff. Big Bend showed up to put up a new guild wire. A private delivery company, that looked really shady, showed up with a package. She told them they might want to put something on their vehicle. There was a semi fire on Highway 17, so traffic was rerouted down Hendricks Rd. After chores, Toni worked on Huckleberry, then we all headed to my house to continue loading the trailer. There is no doubt that something is going to be forgotten, the question is what?

Wednesday we went to the Spokane jr Livestock show. Grace called first thing and she had a flat tire, so I ran over in the little white trailer and picked her up. Toni and the kids finished loading our gooseneck up, and then we loaded some steers in our trailer and headed to Connell. We picked up dad so he could bring the white trailer and Red back over. We got to Connell and loaded up the steers in the Eby and the rest of the tack in the Titan and headed to Spokane. The boys all wanted to ride with Uncle Joe in the mini-Pete. I guess they find him amusing? We had a caravan with Traci driving one pick-up full of kids, Leslie in one, Toni and I in one, and Stacy in one, with Joe leading the pack. We stopped at Ritzville for lunch at the great Carl’s Jrs (it has a good parking lot) and then on to Spokane. The steers all unloaded great and Joe took back off.  We weighed the steers and unloaded our tack. Then we washed, fed and went to the camper for the night.

                Thursday we had market and prospects in the afternoon. Because of covid restrictions they had 30 min scheduled for each class. The Judge averaged 9 minutes per class so there was quite a bit of down time. So we got up and washed in the morning, fed the steers and then went to the camper for breakfast We rested for a bit, because we are not supposed to hang out in the barn. We headed back over around 11, with lunches packed, and fit the steers. WA Grown (on PBS if anyone wants to watch it) had asked Anna about interviewing her for the show and recording her showing. So they came and did some interviews, that was fun and good for the industry and promoting the show. Prospects showed first, Anna had 3rd overall 4H prospect, Kade was 4th in the class and Kaine was 5th. So not bad. Then in market everyone placed well, but no one went back. Kaine and Kade were in the lighter classes, Anna and Ady in the middle, and Grace, Adrian, Natalie and Julian were in the heavy range. Then we did our afternoon chores and Pete and Sammy came over and drank with us at the camper. 

Friday we had fitting and showing in the afternoon, again, classes were scheduled every 30 min.. So we did our morning thing, then we back to the camper to change. Headed over around 11 again to fit steers. It was youngest to oldest. All three of our jrs, Ady, Natalie and Julian made it back to the champion round. Julian was 4th overall and Ady was 3rd. Adrian, Kaine and Kade were Intermediates. Kaine made it back to the championship round. Anna and Grace were Seniors, Anna made it back  and was grand champion. All of the kids showed great and we are proud of all 8 of them. We were able to load the prospect steers out on Friday, so Kick had brought a trailer up. We could also go pick up a mare we were Aiing, so we loaded the prospect steers, then Toni took a pick-up and went with Kicker over to Medical Lake to load out Barb so she could go home too. We had smoothies, adults had alcohol in their smoothies, and we hung out for a while then went to bed.  Not a lot of details, but even with the slower schedule, Spokane is a fast paced show, and it really wears a person out.

Saturday was the sale, the steers sold last. We did morning chores and rinsed, then went back to the camper to hang out there for a bit. The three boys, Kaine, Kade and Julian, went back to the barn around 11 to watch the steers. They also talked to some potential buyers and showed them their steers. We sold early afternoon, the prices were great for Spokane. Thank you to our buyers. Then we packed up our tack and cleaned out the bed. Some of the steers left on Saturday, but the rest stayed to load out on Sunday. We went back to the camper and packed it up, so we would have less to load out on Sunday.

              Happy Mother’s Day. Sunday we got up and went to the barn to load out steers. We cleaned our stalls out the rest of the way and watered the steers. They slowly left. We all helped clean up, loading panels, washing the wash rack, cleaning up the isle, etc. Then we went and loaded up the campers and headed home. When we got home Kicker was doing so stuff for mom and dad with the loader, pulling out some shrubs, moving some dirt around, etc. Ben was working at circles at our house, and 811, the bull, had gone through a gate and had it wrapped all around him. Toni and I moved horses up to her house, Crystal and Dunny and some heavy mares over, Payton, Blue and Shadie. Shannon and Jordan showed up for a bit to talk. Mom made us a pie and we gave her her mother ‘s day presents.

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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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KT Star Solider

KT Star Solider is a fancy bay colt out of Sugars Badger Doll, “Camie,” and by Favorite Solider. Camie is a daughter of Star Chex Badger who was a son of Peppy San Badger and earner of $6,450.39 in NCHA earnings and a COA. This mare is a fancy bay roan with Doc Bar on her papers twice as well as Doc’s Malbec, Win or Lose, King Fritz, and is a granddaughter of NCHA cutting  mare Docs Star Chex who earned over $64,000.00 and a ROM. Camie has good bone and muscle as well as a kind eye. Favorite Soldier is a son of Favorite Cartel, Race Record: SI 105, 24-9(3)-2-4(2), $598,069; California Hi-Point Distance Horse, 1st-AQHA Challenge Championship G1, 1st-Los Alamitos Championship Challenge G2, 1st-Paul B Ford Memorial Handicap, 3rd-Rainbow Futurity G1, 3rd-Slm Big Daddy Stakes, 4th All American Futurity G1, Finalist in All American Derby G1, Finalist in Los Alamitos Super Derby G1, Finalist in Rainbow Quarter Horse Derby G1, Finalist in Champion of Champions G1, Finalist in Remington Park Invitational Championship G1, Finalist in Robert L Boniface LA Invitational Championship G1. Favorite Soldier’s dam is Yak Ity Yak Go who has 6 wins to 5, $64,583, 2nd Bellflower S., 3rd Far West Futurity [R] [G3], San Diego S., Lake Forest S., finalist in the Miss Princess H. This colt was born on 5/25. $3,000

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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.