We had a great holiday week. Monday and Tuesday the kids worked on show animals. They have three big shows coming up the end of July, the Evergreen Ultrasound Challenge and Summer Sizzle on July 19-21 and the Sagebrush Classic on July 28-29. The great news is that the Sagebrush is in Connell. We take a trailer load of show cattle to each one of these shows. Uncle Joe decided today that he thought the kids should take a couple more steers to the Sagebrush. Clearly we need to keep dishing out the money for entries.
On the 4th normally just Toni, Kicker, Mom, Dad, Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade, Jaxsen and I have a little BBQ and go down and paddle boat, and Kicker brings down his boat so the kids can tube. Well, the kids spread the word and so we ended up with a little bigger BBQ this year. But, we only have two paddle boats, so we set up a pop up tent and the camper carpet, so we had shade and a “beach” as well. We all had a great time, and it was pretty cool for the 4th, so we had a nice time peddling on the boats. Nothing better on the 4th than kids and water.
Thursday and Friday the kids were back working on their stock. The kids stayed with Leslie Friday night to go to a Jay Team show in Hermiston on Saturday. Also on Friday dad went up to Potlach to get Mil from Josh, Josh did a great job starting her, we are very happy.
Saturday Anna, Kaine and Kade went to the Desert Classic with Jay, they had a great time. Kaine was Reserve Champion in Market, Anna and Kade both got second in their class. This was Kade’s steer, “Grumpy’s,” first time at a show. Kade was very pleased with how he performed. Toni and I got up and ran into Othello, we got some feed at the feed store and then went out to look at some Hereford heifers. Then, Toni, Kicker, Jax and I went to our cousin Traci’s house for a 4th of July BBQ. It was a lot of fun, like normal. Traci and Manny had a huge water slide, jousting, slip and slides, karaoke, lots of food and more. Ben stayed home and worked (boring).
Sunday we needed to sort some cows that got mixed, so we got the kids started washing their heifers and steers and then Ben and I headed out and got the cows in. The Herefords and Angus bull calves got mixed so we got them straighten out. Then, Ben, Toni and I went down to where the heifers and falls cows were at and sorted some cows to go to beef. The kids were done washing by then, so Kade and Kaine came down and helped, while Anna mowed the yard. Then Toni and I moved Cupcake, a new mare (yes I know we are cutting back, trying to get down to 30 broodmares, haha), down to Sagebug’s pen. Sagebug now has Cupcake and an outside mare named Omen. Toni also rode Mil for the first time. We figured she had enough days off. The problem was that we took all the saddles up to my house for the kids. Luckily our friend Diann had left a nice saddle and bridle, so we got Mil ready and Toni jumped on in her shorts and cowboy boots. Stirrups were too long, but Mil was great. Josh clearly put the miles on her as she rode out just like a broke horse. He only had her 2 months and did a really good job. We are hoping to send more horses to him this fall, or maybe a bit sooner depending on who we send.
Monday, dad hauled the beef cows to Toppenish, Toni hauled the kids to Connell to work on heifers, then to the reptile man at the library. Then Toni went and got one of the heifers we had looked at on Sunday morning. A really cute, fat Catapult bred Hereford. Today, Toni hauled the kids, their steers and heifers to Connell so they can go someplace different so the show will not be quite as new. There were five big fat steers, the Hereford fall heifer, and four little Angus heifers all in the trailer today. The kids get this weekend off from showing, then the next two weekends they will be going hard. We have people coming out this week to look at foals and still have some really nice foals for sale. Come out and take a look if you are in the market for a foal this year.