Thomas E Hughes x
FMR Double The Pepto)
We met Bayywatch, (she's lovingly referred to as Pam, after Pamela Anderson from the Baywatch TV series), at Valley View Ranch, Gainesville, Tx. As winner of the Amateur Unlimited Futurity in her three year old year, she is a very talented mare.
I'd been wanting to upgrade our broodmare band but hadn't been considering this level of horse when she became available. She is a powerhouse mare in every way - pedigree, performance and stature!
We are looking forward to showing her in Alberta - hopefully this summer. Watch for her in the cutting pen.
CD Lights x Purdy Metallica)
We purchased this young stallion early in 2023, with hopes of a cow horse futurity season. We have decided to call him "BOSS", which turns out was his sire's barn name as well.
BOSS was purchased in Texas and started in Alberta toward a cutting career. When he started showing talent beyond cutting, his owners decided he deserved to have the opportunity to show his potential.
He's been working with Dale Clearwater for the past several months. After seeing his runs at the Celebration of Champions, we couldn't ask for a better start!
We are very excited to have added BOSS to our barn and look forward to working with him. We will bring him home this spring and anticipate showing him later this year. So stay tuned to see him in action.
(Ja Gunin For Hickory
Tejons Blue Hickory x
Ms Silver Sabre)
We purchased this young gelding in February of 2022 with not much of a start on him. He could take a saddle and rider, walk and trot, straight lines and maybe turn at the time.
Just six short months later, in the hands of Massimo Garlanda, he was shown in the Sasktchewan Classic Cow Horse Futurity & Derby show in Saskatoon, the weekend of August 8th. Although he didn't win any big prizes, we were very proud of this horse and his ambitious and talented young trainer. Both worked very hard, with a good attitude everyday to be able to show competently at this event.
He subsequently showed in the Northern Alberta Reined Cow Horse Club's Yearend Futurity & Derby, in October. Again, he was reliable and performed well under this pressure.
As a late baby, born June 23, 2019, it's amazing that he has progressed to this level. We have huge hopes for his Derby year in 2023!
(Smart Lil Hemi
Smart Lil Highbrow x I Got No Freckles)
We purchased Merlin at a very opportune moment. He was the last, lost treasure of a divorce settlement and we just happened to be at the right spot.
Started as a reiner, he transitioned to reined cowhorse without much difficulty and soon was winning Open Bridle classes in Arizona. After multiple runs at the World's, we decided he needed a quieter life, gelded him and brought him home to the ranch.
He's been the prized, pampered and prettiest horse in the barn for several years and he knows he deserves the attention. He has become a great Non-Pro ride but does occasionally give the Open Bridle events a go.
We are very grateful for our experience with Merlin. He's an example of all a horse can be.
Hashtags x KRK Playin It Smart)
Ginger joined our herd in June 2023 from Texas. We purchased her based on her pedigree and movement. We hoped to show her with success but mostly wanted the bloodlines for future breeding. Her papers have most of the big names in the business, with Metallic Cat, Dual Rey, Playgun and Smart Little Lena right on the AQHA papers.
Ginger was started as a cutter but made her way to the cow horse pen. She loves the cows, that's for sure! Since arriving at the ranch, she has gradually shown us her talents.
She has now been hauled to a few shows and consistently impresses us with her performance. A lovely, sweet mare, we hope in time that she'll produce some gorgeous and talented babies for us!
(Lady Chics N Chex
NMSU Truckin Chex x
SG Fair Little Chic)
Bred and raised at the ranch, Lady is the daughter of our first horse. She was born at well over 100 lbs and has her mother's somewhat lazy attitude. She's not very interested in fancy arena work but she is a great hand when rustling cattle out of the bush. She will work all day until the job is done - but she'll be looking forward to a day off in the open pasture.
Lady, as she is known at the barn, is a big steady and stout ranch horse. She is the first horse that James takes out to find or move cattle; and he's not very happy when we borrow her for other things.
She has tried barrel racing, reining, roping and cow horse work in the arena. There's no doubt her favourite is ranch work.
If she's not out working for James, they may be out roping for fun. Her size and strength have proven advantageous for both work and play.
(Jackies Got A Pistol
Tie One On Jack x
Phoenix joined our herd in early 2023, to provide a new mount for Ian. She is our first grey so we'll be interested to see how her colour changes with time.
Phoenix, previously Jackie, comes to us from a ranch and barrels home. She's soft in the face and responsive to your leg. But she has some cowhorse moves to learn. She is wiling and smart, so she will just need a little time and patience.
Phoenix and Ian are getting to know each other, with quiet rides in the arena. It's been pretty cool since she arrived in Arizona so I'm sure she's happy to have that winter coat.