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Mixed Emotions

I cried today as I hugged Oreo’s neck. Sobbed in fact.

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No, she is not sick or dying. She has been sold to what I think will be the most wonderful home we could ask for.

This is the price a person like myself pays for raising horses. Mixed emotions.

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You cry for joy and you cry for loss. At the same event. Continue reading “Mixed Emotions”

Spring on the Ranch

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Procreation. Really it is all about procreation. All the excitement. Twice yesterday while working in the garden I literally had to duck because one of the male hummingbirds was graced with a female audience in the cherry tree and absolutely had to perform some of his best “look at me girls and how virile I am” swoops while his iridescent greenness flashes in the sun.

Needless to say, I don’t have any photos of this.

Nor do I have photos of the same hummingbird explaining to one of the male finches why he cannot possibly land on this cherry tree. I almost got sideswiped in that deal too.

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The wrens are dropping down from above to gather sticks for their nests. Sometimes it takes them quite a bit of time to get them into their house but they usually make it happen. Not so much the swallow that is trying to move into the Martin House. When she drops the stick, she just flies away – not to be seen again for hours.

Some days I would like to be like her. A free spirit or so she appears.

But I suck at “relaxing”. I am truly grateful to be able to do all the things I can do. I can think up even more things to do while doing things.

As I planted the 2nd bag of onions, I told myself I will give all my kids some beautiful home grown onions this fall. Then as I planted the 3rd bag of onions, I told myself I will give all my kids some nice little bundles of green onions.

Now I am trying to remember if any of them like onions or if I am about to become known as the “onion lady” instead of the “pepper lady” at the food bank this year.

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The mares are at the breeding farms. I miss the babies a lot. It is raining. I don’t have to water gardens. Perhaps I’ll make a pot of coffee, sit on the deck, listen to the rain and spend a little time enjoying this bursting of life and procreation called spring.

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Results of Western Fortunes Incentive

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Yellow Rose Futurity & Derby – Claresholm, Alberta Canada – May 5-6, 2018 Results

Western Fortunes would like to thank everyone who participated in our first event, the Yellow Rose Futurity, Derby and Open on May 5-6, 2018.

Also, we’d like to extend special congratulations to Kareen Warren and her mare, Miss Coronaboon sired by Boonlit and out of Corona Lina (Corona For Me* x Dinah Carolina). They dominated the competition, winning every WF round, pocketing $1890.00
for the owner and breeder!

We’re so pleased at how successful our first event was and we can’t wait for the rest of the season! Good luck, everyone! Continue reading “Results of Western Fortunes Incentive”

Stallions We Remember – Shock-Em

 

Shock-em was a 1977 chestnut stallion sired by the AQHA Champion Ole Cuda Bar and out of the AQHA Champion, Superior Halter mare, Bonanzas Revenue by Coys Bonanza.

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Shock-em was born and bred in Saskatchewan by Jerome Fischer and ended up being owned by Deerwood Farms of Calgary for the rest of his life.  He started his show career by winning the QHAA Halter futurities as a weanling, yearling and again as a two year old.  Later under the guidance of Morgan Lybbert, he went on to earn a Superior in Halter, Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle plus an AQHA Championship.  This was an enviable show record for any horse in any era. Continue reading “Stallions We Remember – Shock-Em”

Canadian Champion Race Horse: Bringonthewave

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Dale Zukowski’s Bringonthewave is the Canadian champion running horse. The two-year-old gelding by Wave Carver out of the Corona Cartel mare Special Corona won five of six starts during the year. He won the Jerry Stojan Memorial Futurity and Alberta-bred Futurity (RG3) and earned $41,745. He was trained by James Doolin, and ridden by Adrian Gonzalez and Ramero Castillo.

Breeder: Shady Lane Stables, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Owner: Dale Zukowski
Trainer: James E. Doolin
Jockeys: Ramiro Castillo, Adrian Gonzalez
Race Record: 6-5(2)-0(0)-0(0)
Season Highlights: Won the Alberta Bred Futurity (RG3), won the Jerry Strojan Memorial Futurity Mexico

Photo and text text Content provided by AQHA and CQHA.