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Sorting cows in the Dust and Heat

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.


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It Can’t get any better then this.

I feel like the kids have had a great summer vacation, but maybe I feel like that because they spend the week doing what we did as kids? Working on show cattle and riding horses. We used to work on the cattle in the morning while it was cool, then spend the rest of the day on horseback. When we got too hot, we would just ride under the irrigation circle. Lots of cousins, any neighbor kids that wanted to come, it was the life. Monday the kids tied everything up and cleaned out the barn, even Jaxsen helped. They also went to Connell to work on the Hereford heifers Monday. Whitney comes over to get them so they don’t have to go over early on my way to work. Tuesday, they stayed home and tied up everything just at our house. Kaine was exhausted and fell asleep early, so Anna and Kade took a ride out checking the cows while Kaine slept.

Wednesday they were supposed to go to Tri Cities with Toni and mom, but Toni has been EXTREMELY busy with a big case, so she just took them into Connell for lunch at Mei-Lings. We make an effort to do something fun with the kids at least once per week. Life shouldn’t be 100% about work. Sometimes it is just lunch in town, but they deserve it with how hard they work. The three older kids took a ride Wednesday night and went and checked cows. Thursday I got home from work and Toni had the boys out chopping thistles in the pasture by mom and dads. She was out there too to show them proper thistle chopping form. Jaxsen was mad because she did not give him a proper shovel so he was watching from the fence. For some reason no one wants to give Jax a sharp object. Anna had gone home with Coco to make a 4thof July wreath that turned out pretty cool.

I was home Friday, so we caught everything at our house, including the big heifers and washed them. By “we” I mean the kids (minus Jaxsen), I watched and helped lead a couple. Ben and Kicker found a swarm of bees in the saddle shed on Thursday, so cousin Toby came down to get them with Pepper on Friday. Toby and Kendel have bees and seem to enjoy being apiarists, which is the official word for beekeepers. We actually got some honey from them and used on a horse wound as Katie and Chad have told us that non-processed honey is great on wounds. It kept the flesh very soft and supple and allowed for the skin to reattach, so we may use honey again in the future. Toby and Pepper got there while we were washing, so Pepper helped wash the last group. She washed “Lily” the heifer we are going to take to the Angus Evergreen sale. She is a nice Connealy Stingray 9618 daughter. After we got all done with the show animals, the kids and I took a nice long ride, we went and checked some cows, rode out and checked the corn circles, and saw lots of deer tracks, then rode up and checked the pumps and called Ben because one was not running correctly. When we were growing up, we didn’t have deer around. We probably saw three in 25 years or so. Now we see them frequently, a couple of times per week or more. Deer get hit along Hendricks road frequently as well.

Saturday we went to a little family BBQ for cousin Jolene’s little boy Kasen’s first birthday and had a great time. We had tied up the steers before we left, so the kids worked on them while Toni and I did chores.

Sunday we rode most of the day after tying up the steers. We switched pastures with the bulls and heifers, the kids did great riding. We had a couple of tricky areas where we had to go through other fields and didn’t want the cattle to mix. The kids did exactly what they were supposed to do, kept the cattle bunched and moving so that the adults could work the sides and keep the cattle separate. The three older kids are really riding well, keeping good control of their horses, getting to know cattle. Jaxsen knows which tv channel he wants to watch.

We are thankful for the right to raise cattle and have the land to do it. Land of the free, home of the brave. Happy Independence Day.


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We had another fun filled, action packed week at “The Ranch.”

We had another fun filled, action packed week at “The Ranch.” As some of you have heard, Toni made Jaxsen mad, so he took the T out of KT Ranch. Then, he told me to do something, and I said, when you are the boss I will let you know. So he told me he was taking the K out too. I said, I am glad you don’t have that authority. So, some are now calling us “The Ranch” since Jaxsen is so amusing.

While Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen were gone Anna and Kaine spent some time at BB Cattle Co helping Leslie, Whitney, Jay and Mar halter break bulls and work on the show heifers. This continued for a couple of days last week, and will continue on through the summer. But, Kade and Jaxsen, and sometimes Toni will haul over the show steers and heifers, and ours will all go over too. So Friday all four kids were over and Leslie took them all to dinner and to see Incredibles 2 in Connell in 3D that night. Our good friends the Hills came up from Texas for a visit and were over with Leslie as well.

Toni got back from Alaska on Tuesday, was home a ½ day Tuesday, Wednesday, and a ½ day Thursday and then was gone again for 2 days with work. So she has not been helpful for the last 2 weeks. She got back late Friday and we have tried to get as much work done as possible since then.

Thursday Anna babysat the neighbor kids for a few hours, sealing the deal that she is NOT going to be a teacher. She was exhausted after a few hours. But, if Cecily has her back this week she is going to take squirt guns or bubbles for entertainment. The boys had their friend Ty over, who is moving soon, and got to spend a last day with him. They had a lot of fun.

Of course over the weekend we worked on the show animals at our house. We had customers over Saturday morning, and Toni sold Black Tornado and Big Iron, two of my favorites, however, if you have been out of the tour you know I have a lot of favorites. We had some friends out Saturday afternoon, so they played with the minis and petted some foals and rode Pocket. Also, I needed to get some fall heifers in and Toni did not show up to help, so I used her new bridle, and sent her a picture.

Saturday night we went to a college graduation party that had a giant water slide. The boys are sore from going down too much, I think Kade even has a blister. I am sure glad it was not in my yard from the muddy mess it made. Yes, my yard is that great, LOL.

We are done foaling, so now it is just having buyers over, managing our grass, dealing with day-to-day. We still have a few horses left to get worked, but we are almost done. There are three old mares that could foal, but that is just extra. Like every year, we just love our foal crop. We always think we have the best foal crop, which is good because it is a ton of work to deal with all of the foals.

Sunday we worked on show animals again, went and got groceries and then put Blackie in with Double, Piper in with Reed and Omen (an outside mare) in with Sagebug. Rileys showed up with Ollie for Anna to ride. She seems to think this gelding is the only horse that she wants to ride. It is a good thing Sonny and Jeanne are so good to the kids and brought him over. Anna rode him around in the alley bareback for awhile and seemed really happy to have him back. We then went to another backyard BBQ for our friends that were up. More pool time for the kids, and squirt guns and water fights.


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“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”

For the most part we have had a pretty uneventful week. Wednesday we turned Katana and Dyna out into the pasture, she has been in with Reed. Dyna does not like Katana to have all that room, Katana has started hanging out with her brother, Dancin in the Dust, and her nonbrother, Ragnar, so Dyna cannot find her.

The kids have been busy catching their steers in the morning and tying them in the barn since they don’t have school. The steers have been doing great. Their next show is Saturday with the Jay Team. We also caught all of the little heifers for the first time, and tied up Zsa Zsa for the second time. The little heifers were little heifers. Some were good, some were bad, but mostly they acted like the babies that they are. Nothing was so bad that we turned it back out, but one was close! Ben didn’t find it amusing that one heifer could stand and jump up and down almost as high as he is tall.

Friday Anna has a summer kickoff party at her friend Daisy’s house. Her and her friends, Bella, Daisy, Brandy, Lily, Mackenzie, and Kassy are pretty excited to be in Jr High next year. Lily and McKenzie came to our house after for their parents to pick them up and they got to pet the bull.

Kade and Sonny got to go to their grandma Sherri and Papa Barry’s house for the weekend. They were pretty excited and had a great time. Like normal. Kade got to work on his welding skills with Papa, and Sonny got to watch TV, which IS his goal for the summer. I am sure they did lots more, but that is what I was told.

We also continued with our fence building projects. We were building fence for Reed’s pen up on a neighbor’s “back 20.” We worked on it Saturday and Sunday, and finally got it done. The weather was perfect as it was stormy, so not too hot. We were lucky and had Anna and Kaine to help us Saturday, so they drove as we walked behind putting in fence posts. But Sunday it was just Toni, Sonny and I, and Sonny is not quite old enough to drive. And he doesn’t like to help. He is more interested in running off to look at stuff. Half the time we build fence, half the time we are tracking that guy down. So there was more fence post packing and walking. Luckily we only had one side left.

There is also a doe living in there, hopefully she does not spook the horses through the fence. We did not spook her enough for her to leave. She just laid in the Russian Olive trees and watched us. So we got done and hauled Reed, Maggie, Lady bug and Pistol up there. They were happy to be out of the corral and have some grass.

And we let Sagebug have his pen and their pen. We now just have two horses in the corral to feed at night. Sagebug and Felix. This is about the least amount of chores we could have. That means it is time to add something else on. Like maybe get Bebe ridden, or halter break some foals, or something. I am sure we can figure out what to do with all of this “free” time.

The three older kids had a 4H meeting yesterday, so our friend Tennelle took them so we could finish the fence and get Reed moved up, or at least that is what we told her! No really, that is what we actually did. Thanks Tennelle.


I heard on the radio this morning some of the things that stop people from attaining their dreams. Fear is in the top 5. “Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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I am a little behind getting this written.

I am a little behind getting this written. Wednesday one of Kade’s cows, “Sweet Apple,” had a cute Hereford bull calf by Rocky. I would like to say we are not disappointed that it is not a heifer. But we are. She has had two black white faced heifer calves in a row, so I guess it was too much to ask for another heifer. Also, we got the yearling colts in and West Niled them and wormed them. We also took new pictures of Major and Whim, both are still for sale if you are looking for a summer project. They are also huge. The good news is that they both remembered that they are halter broke. Smokey was perfect, but that isn’t new. He is considerably smaller than the other two, but even when you feed an orphan the way mom did, they still take forever to catch up.

Friday was my Friday off, so I took mineral out to most of the horses and cows. I may or may have not gotten temporarily stalled in Gunners pen, due to some run off last year that made a small ditch that I had forgotten about. Also, cousins Linda and Patricia showed up Friday night on their way home (to California) from visiting Yellowstone, Glacier and the Tetons National Parks. It is on Patricia’s bucket list to visit ALL of the National parks in the US, so they go to a few every year. Patricia and Jaxsen also got into a would you rather contest, on who can come up with the most extreme, would you rather have a short faced bear or a grizzly bear in your back yard. That type of thing. Dinosaurs also played a big part in the hypotheticals. Patricia never seems to get tired of Sonny’s far reaching imagination.

Believe it or not, Patricia wanted to build fence while she was here, so we decided to FINALLY finish the fence on Hendricks Rd. So Saturday we had a LONG day of fencing and sunburns. Luckily Chad showed up to shoe my horse so I got to adios vaminoos at about 2. The rest of the family and the kids kept at it until the fence was up enough that the pasture could be turned back out. We used that 5 foot no crawl horse fence. It is expensive, but it is good for a perimeter fence. I was nice and also put fronts on Fancy, to take more time so I did not have to get back to fencing.

Then we had “The Twins” graduation party Saturday night, and for course we had a good time there. We are going to miss our Twinners as they head to Oklahoma for college. People ask what we are going to do without them. We really don’t know. Literally, no idea.

Sunday, Ben, Kaine, Anna, Patricia and I built a horse fence for the riding horses so we could get them out on grass and stop feeding them. Then we took Patricia to Othello for lunch and Checos so we could get some more fencing supplies. Next, Toni and I took Patricia to move horses and finish the fence along Hendricks. We still had some areas that we needed to attach the fence to the posts in a more firm manner. That fence is so tight in a couple of spots it would take one person to hold it correctly while the other got the clips on. Kicker took the kids out on the lake in the boat for a Sunday Funday. The kids were happy to have a break from fencing. Sunday night we had a farewell dinner for Linda and Patricia. We love having them come up from California to visit us. Patricia always keeps us laughing. This year she was amazed by seed potatoes. Patricia never complains about the ranch work and always seems to enjoy herself. By the end of their visit, that Patricia could put a fence clip on with the best of them.

Tuesday morning the kids had their last assembly. All four kids got student of the month awards, so that was really cool. Sonny didn’t think he was getting one, but he did. It was really fun to have all four get awards at the same assembly. Tuesday afternoon Anna had her 6th grade promotion, I guess it is not graduation anymore. We officially have a Jr Higher on our hands. I don’t know if we are ready. I made dinner for everyone that night and Anna wanted tuna casserole. That isn’t everyone’s favorite, but the pie mom made for dessert sure was. Also on Tueday, dad’s cousin Jill came out with her sister, Lisa, to look at the horses. Today the kids got out of school at 10:10 so we are officially on summer break. Toni took them to Michael Jay’s for brunch before she went to court. Summertime here we come!

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It is important to remember, we are home of the free because of the brave.

Monday and Tuesday started out like a normal week last week, Toni had fencing projects for us to work on. The kids went and washed their steers both days to get ready for the jackpot show. Wednesday Toni, mom and I went down and watched Blaine work Jackpot before Blaine and Jackpot headed off to CA. This is a great move for Blaine, and we are excited for him, and are looking forward to seeing Jackpot shown. However, we are sad that Jackpot is not going to be as close as he was. Thursday the kids packed up the trailer to head to their show on Saturday. We got our dream colt out of Izzy and Bishop, a blue roan colt, which will be our only Bishop foal this year. The other mares he bred belonged to other people from last year. We have only received pics of one of the foals and it is a black colt.

We had visitors on Thursday afternoon to look at the foals. We like to tell people that the ranch tour takes 2 hours, but with all of the stallions spread out, the tour took 3 hours on Thursday. Karen fell in love with Rudy’s filly, so that was a done deal. Lizzie also foaled on Thursday with a buckskin colt out of Gunner. This is the first colt we have had out of her.

Friday Toni took three of the steers and tack to our cousins’ house on the other side of Connell. Jay was taking part of the “Jay Team” to Wheatland on Saturday, so the kids spent the night with Leslie, so they don’t have to get up as early (they get to sleep in like 10 min, but I don’t have to get up at 3, let’s get real about this). Toni moved all of the tack over to Jolene’s trailer and left the steers there for the kids to wash when they got home from school. Also, Friday morning Toni was visited by Tina who was out checking on her mare, Mud, and her foal, Bubbles. Toni and Tina took the time to drive around and check the horses. Tina had a great time looking at the calves.

Saturday while the kids were in Ritzville showing with Jay, Toni, Ben and I saddled up and Kicker and Jaxsen jumped on the 4 wheeler, Scout, and we headed out to round up cows. Toni rode Shimmer, a daughter of Zink’s Major Kid and out of dad’s old ranch mare, Star. Ben rode Riley, a bay roan mare we got from Sonny and Jeannie Riley, and I rode my trusty old mare Cad, a daughter of Continental Cad. It took us most of the morning to get that part of the herd gathered and then we worked them. Then we headed down and got the Hereford cows in and worked them. Next, we pushed the bull calves down to where the Hereford cows had been. By this time it was late afternoon and Toby and Scarlet joined in on the six wheeler. Jay brought the kids back and picked up 102W. We weaned our fall calves and left them in the corral. We put the Herefords out with Bishop (who got out) and left the heifer calves locked in for the night. We had people out on Saturday to look at the buckskin colts, and they fell in love with the Colonel/Twist colt. Remington went home with them.

Sunday, we gathered the rest of the cows, with a big team. Kaine rode Bev, Kade rode Slick, Kicker rode Riley, Toni rode Shimmer, Ben rode Fancy, and I rode Cad. Anna we sent with mom and dad to St John and Winona to decorate graves for Memorial Day. We finished working the rest of the cows, the steers, the bulls, and the show heifers. Then, we pushed the rest of the bull calves down with the others. After the cows had all been worked, Toni and I put Izzy out with Bishop and Lizzy out with Gunner. I would say we had a pretty productive day.

Monday, we remember our veterans and other loved ones that we lost, and talked with the kids about all who had served in our family. It is important to remember, we are home of the free because of the brave.

Monday afternoon, Toni took our receip cow over to get an embryo and I went over to Cecil’s house and got Sagebug, Cammy and Shadie and brought them home. The kids washed their steers and cleaned out the camper. Ben and Kicker were until late that night fixing the circle where our hay is. The hay got bailed, the circle got fixed, and we got ready for another week. This morning Payton foaled and had a fancy bay filly that may be roan. We are down to just a handful of mares left to foal. Also, Mil is with trainer Josh Hoelscher and she is doing AWESOME. And Friday is with trainer Rachel Hamby and is also doing awesome. We are very excited with how both of these fillies are doing.

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Breeding Mares, Angus Show and more

Monday was a pretty normal day, as far as ranch life goes. I guess what I mean is that nothing died, nothing was born, and nothing ran through the fence. Tuesday dad headed to Yakima with Stinger and Pistol, Stinger to get AIed and Pistol for a recheck. Pistol had absorbed her foal, so we decided we would bring her home and breed her naturally. Toni also had to go to a different vet when Dad got back with Lemon Drop to get her ready to move to California. Lemon Drop loaded great and did great. She is a pretty nice 2 year old. Two emergency vehicles drove by with sirens blaring when Lemon Drop was being vetted, and she stood like a champ. She has just been an exceptionally fun young horse. Super happy to be with people. Mil went to her trainer and we are getting lots of updates about how well she is adjusting.

Thursday Blue foaled, and had a fancy colt with two blues eyes and a really cool blaze. I was hoping he was a filly so I could keep him, even though Dad does not like blue eyed horses and never wants to keep them. Madison came out to look at Rosie’s filly and fell in love with her. Madison is currently running high school rodeo and one of her geldings is a Zink son.

Friday dad went back up and got Stinger and Pistol. He had to be back by noon so I could get the trailer loaded for our cattle show. Our Braford heifer calved and had a cute black ballie heifer. Then, in the afternoon Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I headed to Ellensburg for the Jr Angus Field day. We weren’t able to unload until 4, so we rolled in at about 3:45. The heifers unloaded great and acted like the pros that they are. We had five head that we hauled to Ellensburg, four of them were shown last year quite a bit. Both Anna and Kaine have 2 big heifers.

Saturday the kids had a great day showing, all three made it back to the championship round in showmanship. Anna had the Grand Champion Sr. Yearling Bred and Owned heifer with Mal. Anna, Kaine and Kade all did well with their January heifers. We had a great time and got to see our showfamily and cousins. The best part was that there was an art show and auction at the fairgrounds at the same time, and a taco wagon right outside of our barn. The other really great thing was we stayed in a hotel, so all got hot showers.

Sunday we had a VERY busy day. Rachel came out and took Friday up to ride her. Erina and Terry came out to see Katana and they bought Hot Shot of Mocha while they were out. Michelle and John came out for their anniversary to look at the foals, especially their 2 year old colt’s full brother, Big Iron. Then we moved Blue in with Colonel and Pepper out with Gunner. The kids washed their show heifers and turned Darma out. We had three groups of people come out to look at horses on Sunday, along with celebrating our Uncle Skip’s birthday which was on Saturday while we were gone. Sunday was a get everything done day, so we kept at it until we couldn’t keep going. We did get everything that was necessary done, like moving the mares around so we don’t miss their heat cycles. We also decided to try breeding Pistol to Reed, so that could be a really cool combination. This week the kids get ready for a jackpot show with their steers, Lemon Drop left for CA, and we are getting ready to put another embryo in a cow. We are officially done Aiing both cows and horses, and we are not accepting anymore outside mares. With this hot weather coming on, it is time to get the breeding done before the pasture is gone. Looking forward to Summer weather and these last few foals we are still waiting on.

This morning we had a CUTE blue roan colt out of Izzy and by Bishop, this is OUR first Bishop foal, we bred a few outside mares to him and one of those has already foaled.

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Suns out, wasps out. We finally have spring.

Due to our show schedule, we didn’t get a blog done last week, so this is a 2 week summary:

Monday the 23rd we finished another fencing project, putting up two sections of wood fence in Double’s pen. Tuesday, one of Toni’s friends brought her 1 year out to see the horses, Donny loves the horses and would like her mom to get her one. Wednesday dad asked Toni and I to help him change a valve in Double’s pen. I thought it would be a nice break from fencing. After getting drenched, I think I was wrong.

Thursday we were back to fencing, for some reason Kade WANTED to come and help, and he was LOTS of help. He was packing fencing supplies around for us, and running and getting stuff out of the pickup.

Also on Thursday Jaxsen found a kitten and so mom has a bottle kitten. She is very excited (sarcastic). While we were gone to Spokane at the Livestock Show, Mom shuttled the kitten to cousin Kendel’s house for her to deal with.

Friday, John and Raven came out to see John’s most recent purchase from us, Big Mama’s filly, that he has named Lassie. She is a very pretty grulla and she is excited to get to go home with John and Raven and see her full brother Son of a Gun (Sonny). They came back out on Saturday before heading home. John jokingly said maybe he should buy both grulla fillies.

Saturday the kids and I went to Connell to meet the twins and load up the trailer to go to the Spokane Jr Livestock show on Tuesday.

Also on Saturday we moved Shasta and Rosie in with Double and Lovebug in with Gunner. We had an outside mare some Saturday morning for Leroy, a nice black mare that is a repeat breeding to Leroy. Also, Kicker has been mowing the Russian olive trees that are coming up out in the circles and it is really looking good.

Sunday Ben and I headed to Spokane to park the camper. Toni and Kicker stayed home to take care of the kids. We also had another outside mare coming in on Sunday for Double. And Cody came out to visit his colt Felix. The camper parking turned into a major ordeal. The spot we were assigned had a tree by the plugins and so our cord would not reach. So we drove ALL OVER looking for an extension cord, but none of the RV stores were open on Sunday. Finally we went to Lowes and just got a heavy duty extension cord. But, I was hoping to be back in time to help Toni , but I of course was not.

Monday was a get ready to leave, try to get a week’s worth of work done kind of a day. It was crazy, I have no idea what we did.

Russie, Thor, Rocky April 2018
Tuesday I ran down to work, wrapped up what I needed to do before we could leave. Came home, grabbed the steers, grabbed Toni, picked up the kids and headed to Spokane. We got to Spokane about 1:30, unloaded, made beds, unpacked, then checked-in. It was really fun to be next to the Pomeroy group and next to our cousins from the Pierson side that show.

We had a phenomenal week. The Spokane Jr. Show is the biggest and most competitive show in the Pacific Northwest. There were over 220 head in the beef barn with kids from Montana to the west side of WA. The twins won the 4-H division on their last show! McCall had the Grand Champion Market steer and McKenna was Grand Champion in Fitting and Showing and got to go to the Round Robin. Our cousin Bobby’s son Cade won the FFA division, it was also his last show, he also won the Round Robin. Anna made it back into the championship round in both market and showmanship. The boys also did very well. We always like the kids to livestock judge, and at Spokane, being the State competition, it is very competitive and requires oral reasons. All three kids placed in the top 20 of their division, with over 80 kids per division. Kaine was 6th for the Juniors. Overall we are all tired, but the show was great.

Diann and the twins let us head home on Saturday, so we got home about 9:30 Saturday night. Per the norm, we managed to blow a tire on the way home. Luckily it was in the last 20 miles. While we were gone the mares went crazy and started to foal. Poor Ben was stuck doing the majority of the chores and checking. Dunny and Lona foaled May 2, with Lona being the big shocker, with a grulla colored colt out of Leroy. Frieda and Piper D on the 3rd. Maiden mare Maggie foaled on the 4th. Rudy and Stinger waited until we got back! Stinger has our last AI foal for this year. Now that we have those foals on the ground, we are getting close to being done foaling.

Sunday we got up and started unpacking, getting the mares in and moved, 2 more outside mares came in. The list goes on and on. We worked until late Sunday trying to catch-up after being gone. Notice that we are really behind on naming all of the foals that were born. This week we have already taken 2 mares in to AI, one of the cows over to put an embryo in, and it is only Tuesday! We don’t have a show this weekend, but we do have a memorial service for our good friend Don. Lots to do this week. We started halter breaking the 2 munchkins, McCoy and Yo. They are the last 2 from last year that need to be halter broke. Then we can start on the 2018 foals.

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Well we definitely started out last week right with Twist having a cute buckskin colt last Monday. And Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we finished our buffer fence out in the desert to keep stallions and mares separated. So now there is a lake AND a fence between Colonel and Gunner. Also on Tuesday, Tessa had a charming dun colt. Thursday Toni and I went to the front side of the lake to make sure that fence was up and hot. It was not hot so we went through the cow pasture and found were a jump wire was knocked off. Once we got it back up the fence was scary HOT. But that one fencer energizes miles of fence, so it needs to be hot. With this 1350 feet of fence done, we are taking a small break on the big fencing projects. We have two or three smaller projects that we hope to get done this week.

Friday I got up to load dad and send him up to see Dr. Jennifer King. He took Cleo and Hottie up to get ultra-sounded and pick Pistol up from getting AIed to Playdox. Cleo was confirmed bred to Reed, we are very excited about that combination. However, Hottie was open, so we left her up there to get AIed back to KR Gunpowder. Toni was in Ellensburg at court. So I also got to meet Craig and Christina who came up from Utah and bought Vann, Daze, and Dancin Dan.

Saturday we needed to get one of our recept cows in from Leroy’s pen to get ready to receive an embryo. Ben, Anna and I went and got her and the heifers in. Toni and Kade went down and finished up Colonel’s pen and let Gunner and his mares out into the desert. Then our farrier Chad Whetzel came and we spend the rest of the day trimming horses (and a mini mule named Bunny). We started with Chad at 10:30 and ended at 8:00 pm. I think he is ready to quit on us.

The kids worded on their show string, they are getting their Spokane steers ready, their Angus heifers ready for the Angus field day, and then steers ready for Wheatland after that. May is going to be a busy show month. I also got to take a little spin on my mare, Cad, while I waited for Chad to make it to my house, Toni took him to her house to do Colonel and I went to catch Cad and move some bulls around while I waited for him. Kicker spent a few hours mowing weeds and Russian olive trees on Saturday. Also, now that it is irrigation season, Ben and Kicker also spent part of the weekend starting water. While we were grabbing horses to trim, we also got serious about deworming and giving the West Nile shot as the weather is actually warming up. Any horse that we caught to trim or that would stand still, we got done.

Sunday we got to move some cows around bright and early. Then, we saw that Mud and Lura had both foaled. Two really nice roan foals by Gunner. Then Toni and I spent pretty much the rest of the day moving horses around and trying to get as many horses as possible out on grass. We moved Colonel down to the lake, put Tessa, Mud and Lura out with Gunner. And took Sagebug, Cammie and Shadie over to a neighbors to eat down his pasture. Again deworming and giving WN as we went. Ben worked on getting the camper ready for the Spokane Jr Livestock show, and he made some food for us to take. As well as help the kids with their livestock and change a flat tire for us. Kicker continued with his mowing project. By the end of the weekend we had over 50 head of horses dewormed and given their WN shot. There was a brief argument about where the half-way mark is and how many horses we actually have, but no one wants to get bogged down on numbers. Toni thinks we need fewer horses and I would be happy with a minimum of one of each color and as many as we could run!

Once the weekend was done, we were all “White-Eyed” – Exhausted.


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Moving Colonel’s Pen

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