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Toni came up with a new word, fairlag, it is like jetlag but it is caused by going to the fair.

Monday was the first day of school for half of the kids, Jaxsen and Kaine, and not the other two, Anna and Kade. I do not think I was fully awake on Monday, still recovering from the fair. Mid morning when Kade went out to practice roping, Slick looked like he was choking, so Toni texted Sheena, who was in Moses working on a colic horse. So Toni and Kade worked on Slick and got him over the worst of it. Now we have to wait and see. Both Jaxsen and Kaine had football practice, Kaine right after school and Jaxsen later, so dad took Jaxsen in and picked in Kaine. Dad and Kaine went to the pizza station after and dad got Kaine a sandwich and dad got a pizza.  The road along circle 7 was getting dry and soft, so Kade got his pickup stuck.  Ben took the tractor down and did some road rehab. When Kaine got home from football he went down and cleared out the beaver dam.  We went out during chores and Absolute had hit herself in the face on something including her eye, so now we have her in to doctor.

Tuesday all 4 kids were in school. No one took Toni up on home schooling. Slick was still doing badly, so Toni ended up taking Slick in to see Sheena and get the blockage cleared. Bryans meats texted to let me know the grass-fed Angus heifer was done. I texted dad to see if he was coming to down, and he was in town. So he stopped and picked it up. The two big boys had football after school and Jaxsen had practice at 5. So Dad took Jaxsen in and picked the other two up. Anna was working on her steers for the next few shows and helping out with chores. Kade and Kaine helped finish up horse chores when they got home from football and then went up to help Anna finish. There was also a bull steer calf that needed antibiotic, so Anna and Ben got it in and treated it. Toni brought Storm down to get an ultrasound Wednesday, and then the boys helped us get Rosey in from King’s pen. We also brought Tank’s pen in so Rita could get ultrasounded. The men went down and caught Tank and then we went down and got him from them and brought them up. Tank is such a great stud. We loaded them up and hauled them home. 

Toni had court early, then came home quickly for all of the Wednesday projects.  Holly brought her mares out and Allie came out to do ultrasounds. So Toni and Holly assisted Allie in ultrasounding mares. They ultrasounded 17 mares and 1 heifer. Luckily Holly was there to help. Allie was running early and Toni wasn’t. But Toni and Holly had everything ready when Allie got there.   Also, Holly has Colonel’s son Whitty, who is Friday and Nugget’s full brother. Holly’s daughter Josie got her senior pictures done with him and they turned out AMAZING. Whitty is standing at Holly’s house and is a mind-blowing stallion with a dazzling pedigree. If you are interested in breeding to him we can get you Holly’s number. We bred Twist to him for a 2023 foal. We were mostly ultasounding iffy mares for us, so we had a lot of opens and Anna’s Nile Heifer. We had good news and bad. Nile heifer is preg, that was great. Crystal we have been having trouble with her staying in foal and she was still bred. Cleo and Rosie were bred. Tuffy was past menopause, no more babies for her. Dunny, Kool, Comet, Abs and Miss Gen were all open. Only Kade and Kaine had practice, so Jaxsen was around to water.

                Thursday Jana Koller brought Kade’s steer that he bought in her sale, he is a cute smokey steer. She also brought a fancy orange heifer for one of the boys to show. The Hereford bull got back out with the cows, Toni saw him when she was down with Jana, so she let everyone know. The men and Anna got the cows in when they got home and since all the cows were in decided to finish weaning the calves. Dad went and picked the boys up from football practice and took Jaxsen in. After chores they took my Yukon up to help with the cows and steers. Toni took me home when we got done and then wen to get Jaxsen from his football practice. I helped sort with Anna while the men and boys got the bunks set up for the bull calves, they were already weaned, so they moved them over into the riding horse pen and we turned the horses out. And then put the weaned calves over.

Friday was Costco delivery day at work, so I took all my coolers in. The two big boys had football practice. We had some repeat buyers coming to look at Mean Jean. It was fun to hear how their Big Mama daughter is doing. Mean Jean wouldn’t do much, but they liked her anyway and took her to their daughter for her to start. So other than Cappy, who Toni doesn’t want to sell, we are out of 2 year olds. We are sending Cappy to Jason Hicks to get started. We haven’t used Jason before, but are excited to see how he does with Cappy. Men pulled circle 8 out again, we did chores, etc. We did not have Marlo for chores because she  was in Kansas visiting McKenna and friends.

Saturday I feel like we were really busy, but it just from being gone and getting caught up. We had weaned the calves and 5 were missing tags, so we turned them back out and paired them up and got them back in and tagged. The kids washed their steers and heifers. Then the kids helped us weigh and tattoo all of the bull calves. Anna went to Ritzville at noon to see Lane and Macy at the show. This is Macy’s first year, so Anna stopped to see if they needed help and helped her with some blowing techniques. Ben, the boys and I finished up the calves. Chico showed up with 811 back. So we made room for him and put the rest of the bulls in with the bull calves. Kaine got to suit up for the varsity football game, which is cool since he is a freshman, but don’t worry, he is back up. So I ran him in while Toni finished chores. Then I got ready and Ben and I went in to the game. The Meachams went to the neighbors quinceanear.      

Sunday the kids finished packing up the trailer to take into CBJLS. They caught and started clipping steers before we left. We went into CBJLS around 12:30 to set up. We got that done and went home and worked around the place. Dad went to the thrashing b, or something like that, at Colfax on Sunday.

Toni came up with a new word, fairlag, it is like jetlag but it is caused by going to the fair. We are all suffering from fairlag. It seems like the BF Fair really takes the energy out of a person. Luckily this week we had the opportunity to be home and catch-up on everything, if that is possible. Now we are gearing up for the next two fairs which are back-to-back. So just another reminder- anyone that wants to support the local kids, I know where there are four hard working ones with 4 steers at CBJLS with Anna, Kaine, and Kade taking steers to Othello as well. We appreciate any and all support for these kids! Natalie, Ady and Julian will also have steers at the two fairs. So lots of steers and good beef to go around.

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Bringing Gunner Group in

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Fair Week Blog: “Best Week of Summer”

Monday we hauled into the fair. It was the normal zoo. But we got in and got out and it worked out fine. Kids got set up while we went and unloaded the food and clothes at the camper.  The steers were weighed in. Steer numbers were down, as were the other animals across the board. Some of that had to do with Tyson increasing the minimum weight requirement, but super lightweight steers probably shouldn’t be at the fair anyway. Our total for the 4H group was 12 steers, 8 open heifers and NO bulls this year. There were great sighs of relief when we found out that there wouldn’t be bulls. Bulls are fine. We love them, but one of them is going to put his horn into some body part at some point during the week. That is just the way it goes. We ate the taco feed 4h meeting on Monday and prepared for the week. 

Tuesday was market day, they moved cattle showing back to 10, so we got to sleep in an hr, to 5:30, it was great.  We found a pair of men’s boxers outside of our barn, so the partying got started early. The kids got them all the cattle washed. FFA showed first, Anna was 3rd overall FFA steer with her home-grown steer. This is literally out of Anna’s cow and Fur Trader, so if they had a bred-and-owned steer class, Anna could have rocked it. In addition he was a twin and she bottle fed him. The rest of the kids were 3rd and 4th in their market classes. Kade showed Bob, his back-up steer out of his cow and a char bull. Bob was great considering we figured out a month ago he needed to get ready for the fair. Jaxsen had Rockin, also a steer out of his own cow, who we all think is extremely patient and kind considering how Jaxsen handles him. Kaine showed a steer out of Anna’s cow. So all of our steers were home-grown. Everyone did great. In the afternoon Leslie, Deb, Traci and Jolene took the kids on rides. The big kids went on their own, so I did not go, Anna also did not go and we had McCall helping Tuesday. Jaxsen was back after about 45 minutes sick, so he fell asleep on the grain bags. We washed all of the open heifers without the kids.  One of Toni’s clients was in the rodeo grand entry in the stagecoach and invited Toni to ride along. So Toni took Natalie, Ady, and Delilah in the stagecoach which was super cool. 

Wednesday we had fitting and showing, showing was still at 10, so we still got to sleep in to 5:30. Anna was reserve champion in FFA, FFA was first. In intermediates, Kade, Kaine and Ady all made it back to the champion round. In Jrs Natalie was grand champion, Julian and Jaxsen did make it back. Jaxsen once again wasn’t the kindest to his steer, but old Rockin persevered and got through it. We showed PeeWee and then open after that. Kade’s fall heifer was supreme champion overall heifer and Kaine’s bred heifer was reserve champion Angus heifer. Anna’s baby heifer won her division. Kaine had to leave to football practice and did not get to show his heifer, but Anna and Savannah showed her well.  Toni made a rookie mistake and took “cute” shoes that caused blisters on both of her feet on Wednesday. No sympathy from any of us. We all know the rules.  We are sponsors this year so got VIP food every night under the VIP tent and got to watch the rodeo if you could find a seat. Wednesday night was taco night from Fiesta restaurant and it was great. The kids were able to sit with our friends the Moores in their reserved area so got to watch the rodeo. We are a rodeo loving family so it was hard to pull the kids away each night before the end of the rodeo, but we had to. We get up way too early to sit up watching rodeo all night. Julian and Jaxsen are huge JJ Harrison fans so seeing him nightly was a huge highlight.

Thursday there was not any showing going on. Toni and I took a nap in the afternoon after we got everything washed. Kaine went with Mrs Shattuck to football practice.  Our good friend Maria made a target run, remember Toni and I don’t leave the fairgrounds, it is an island and we aren’t getting off until the fair is over, and got Jaxsen a reading light that hooks to his book so he can read at night and not disturb the other kids. Thursday was also the round-robin and our steer kids did great. ALL of the steer kids were from Connell. I am not to the round robin pictures on my camera, but Julian took them and took almost 400.

Friday was the livestock sale, the steers were last. We would like to thank our 2022 Benton Franklin Fair Steer Buyers, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Irrigation Specialists, Watts Construction and Brashear Electric. Thank you for all of your support. The sale was great and prices were good.  The steer barn average was $4.00 per lb or close to it. Having support like that is very gratifying

Friday we had livestock judging. All of our kids are required to participate in livestock judging if they are there, Kaine as a football practice so he was not there. Kaine is actually good at livestock judging, as are our other kids, but him being good screwed Anna and Kade’s FFA judging team, since they were left with a kid that has never livestock judged before. But, I think the kids actually like it, they compete with Toni. Kade had a 247/250 so won the FFA and Intermediate division. Natalie and Julian also place in the Jr division. The kids all did a great job. Also on Saturday the men came down and we went rodeo and loaded out steers like normal. Except Whitney and I went to bed and did not help load out steers. And except a car hit one of the semis so they loaded out way later than normal. I hear it was pretty uneventful considering many of the participants had been drinking.  The big boys and their amazing friends, so Kade, Kaine, Aram, and Keegan all stayed up and helped load. We also had Kelton and Flako, so there were some really great kids helping load steers. Manny waiting in line for 3 hrs to get us good seats at the rodeo. They were really good, thanks Manny.

                Sunday we woke up, packed up and headed home.  Toni and Anna headed home with the cattle first, so got the steers caught and the morning chores done. Once everyone was home, we all agreed that a rest was in order. We got up later and went out and checked everything. We had a partially down gate, a pole down, and the Hereford cattle at mom and dad’s had gotten out. BUT everything was alive and well. So straight back to work for us! Now we get to send the kids to school and get ready for the next fair.

Here are all of the pictures I have edited so far if you want to see them all: Benton Franklin County Fair 2022 – Google Photos

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Blog from two weeks ago: Benton Franklin Fair here we come. Toted as the “Best Week of Summer.” Pretty much sure that most parents consider it the longest week of summer! We are excited to see friends and let the kids have some fun.

On Monday the 3 older kids had an FFA tour in the morning, they said it was fun. Jaxsen had swim lessons, he went home with Leslie and Traci and Anna, Kaine and Kade picked him up on their way home. They worked their steers and heifers when they got home. They did chores and then Toni took them to a 4H meeting with their steers, so they could have a showmanship clinic. Because Kade’s steer died about a month ago and he is on his back-up steer, Monday night was the test to see if Bob could go to BF Fair. Bob actually did well, other than he doesn’t load so Toni picks up his front feet like a horse to get him in the trailer.  The turn-out was good at the mini-show during the 4-H meeting. All the cattle did really well, so it was a relief. Big relief.  The men worked on circles. I moved water when I got home and worked on Ninja. The new mare, Minnie, is at Sonny and Jeannie house, Jeannie went and picked her up with theirs.

Tuesday the kids started clipping their steers and heifers. The men fixed the valve at mom and dads, since the boys had not been able to move the big gun since last week. Toni look Ninja and Tulip in to see Sheena so Ninja could get his hernia fixed. The hernia was wider than expected so Sheena did surgery and Tulip and Ninja spent the night. Molly was fine without them for a night. Molly really isn’t attached to Tulip at all. Anna took Jaxsen to swimming lessons and Toni picked him up. Anna went and had lunch with her friend Josie. Since Toni had the big trailer hooked up she practiced loading Sam, Sam did not do as well in the big trailer, she likes the little, old white trailer better. I helped Toni for a bit and then went and moved the water in Kings pen. Mom has cut Molly Brown back to getting fed twice a day, she is not happy. However, Molly does like going out into Leroy pen and grazing and stretching her legs. Mom says I need to put Molly in the post more.

Wednesday morning Anna took her pickup in for an oil change and then went and picked up beef from Bryans. Toni took Jaxsen to and from swimming lessons and then went and picked Ninja and Tulip up from the vet. The kids clipped and packed tack to take to the Benton Franklin Fair. Kaine started football practice Wednesday night. Anna took him and I picked him up. Men worked on circles, keeping them running is a full-time job. Kaine is trying to raise money to paint the 1982 GMC he bought from dad, so he is selling his mini bike and his 4 wheeler, and he had me put them on marketplace. Lots of stupid responses from people.

Thursday Jaxsen had swimming lessons and a birthday party. That Jaxsen likes birthday parties. The rest of the kids continued to clip and pack the trailer. We did chores like normal. Ninja had to get his meds and lots of fly spray to make sure flies don’t bother his incision. 

Friday morning Chad came to trim some horses. Dan showed up to get Sam, the black yearling filly, and Chad and Toni loaded Sam in a 2 horse straight load. Sam did super great. Sam is a big yearling, but really smart. She didn’t want to go in the narrow trailer, but with patience and trust, she loaded . As Toni and Chad were standing there, they decided to trim the fronts on Wild. Wild is a foal that has not been haltered and never been trimmed. Of course they got it done. They also got Cash done for the first time, but she is a yearling.  The yearlings we have left are all ones we plan to keep at this point. Now we just have the 2 two year olds and foals to sell. Then Chad and Toni did a few more and Chad went up and did the riding horses at my house with the kids. Toni headed to Pomeroy to meet with clients and then pick up our new mare that we bought at Eugene, Minnie. The kids continued to clip and get ready for the fair. Ben, Leslie and Traci brought the campers down to the fairgrounds, I met them over there and we parked the campers.

Saturday we went back down to the fair grounds to set up the steer and heifer beds.  We had a good turnout and lots of good help. Saturday is set-up day, so there were people parked all over. Many of them in the way, but we were able to finally get around so we could unload our trailer.  Anna being in FFA had set-up later, so her and I stayed down there. Kaine was invited to the demo derby by Camas so he also stayed and got to have a fun night. We stopped at Burger Ranch on the way home and got milk shakes. When we got back Toni saddled up the new mare, she did great, so Kade jumped on her and rode her around. Minnie seems to fit right in. We turned her out in the big pasture. We may ride her a bit, but she is confirmed in foal, so don’t want to put too much stress on her. Then we did chores and went home to continue to pack.

                Sunday we did our last minute clipping, packing and getting ready for the fair.  We had some visitors Sunday morning. We had some people out to get the two bottle calves first think. Then people t get meat. Next Bill and Amy with their daughter and Marty came to look at the foals and see Marty’s colt. A guy form Othello came and bought Kaine’s 4 wheeler. Then we had Todd come to get Stetson. The weather was really good for visitors and loading out horses. We gave Ninja his last set of meds and took his halter off. Now he just needs to heal up. We placed our sprinklers where they could water all week if they don’t get moved again. Took a good look at all of the livestock.  Fair week is long, so getting ready, minimizing chores as much as possible and trying to streamline what we can is necessary.

                Benton Franklin Fair here we come. Toted as the “Best Week of Summer.” Pretty much sure that most parents consider it the longest week of summer! We are excited to see friends and let the kids have some fun.

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Last Two weeks in Pictures

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KT Jackpot City

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
Price: $9,500
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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.
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KT Hez Big and Rich

KT Hez Big and Rich

Sire: KT Heza Pana Dude, “Dude”
Dam: Reed Dunny Doll, “Dunny”
Date Born: 5/2/22
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Color: Palomino
Price: $5,000
KT Hez Big and Rich is a delightful colt by KT Heza Pana Dude, “Dude” and is out of Reed Dunny Doll, “Dunny.” 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. Dunny is a daughter of point earner Reeds Rangler, with point earners Somethinglovely and Johnny Pine also in her pedigree. She is a granddaughter of Snipper Reed and Pine Doc Smith. Her pedigree is full of performance, cow, show and running horses. This is a big built dun mare that really throws nice foals. She has an awesome disposition and confirmation. This colt is going to be a great roping, ranch, show, trail, all around colt.
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KT I am Major Groot

KT I am Major Groot
Sire: KT Heza Pana Dude
Dam: Watch Miss ID, “Twiggy.”
Date Born: 4/8/22
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Color: Bay
Price: $4,500
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 Double Yo Gun, “Gunnie”

KT Double Yo Gun, “Gunnie”
Captains Double Coy
KT Abbie Get Yo Gun, “Yo”
Date Born: 
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: Chestnut
Price: $5,500
Gunnie is an eye-catching filly with a personality to match. Her sire, 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 is a great stallion that 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. Gunni’e dam, Yo, is out of Pistol, who was shown NFQHA, has been featured on the NFQHA rule book and in the NFQHA magazine. She is a great working ranch horse, rope horse, and the kids can ride her as well. Yo’s sire, KT Jackpot City, is out of Lenas Abbie N Charge and is by City Smarts. “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. Mr. Charge Bar was not only a racehorse, 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. City has a full brother that is a reiner and priced at $13,000. This is a pretty moving filly with tons of ability.

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KT Willie War Doc

KT Willie War Doc

Sire: Doll Docsan, “Leroy”
Dam: KT Copper Doc Lona
Date Born: 3/23/22
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Color: Palomino
Price: $4,500
Here is another phenomenal colt out of Lona by Leroy. Lona is out of Docs Sizzle Bar and Copper War Chic, “Chicken”. Chicken was a great cow horse and show horse that we had for many years. We did not start breeding Chicken until she was in her 20s, so we only got three foals out of her, one filly and two colts. We broke Lona to ride and have used her as a broodmare. Lona’s grandsire was Willie War Chic, ROM Race ~ SI 95. Loan’s breeding also includes, Sizzlin Hot, Docs Dee Bar, Ed Echols and more. 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. He 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%.
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