2011


November, 2011

 

November 1

 

When you procrastinate and don't stay current on the news, it is difficult to remember what happened.  Vicki Livasy keeps telling me to write things down, but of course I don't.   Today Mike is gone to Madison and I decided that I would take the time and get up to date.  I know that I have a lot of pictures but don't know if there will be much news to go along with them. 

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The end of July the the EAA was in Oshkosh.  This event brings in people from all over the world to Oshkosh.  It is like the World Horse Show for airplane enthusiasts.  Mike and I do not go near the city of Oshkosh which is about 5 miles from us, during the event.   It is really a sight to see the different planes fly over our place as some of their flight patterns take them this way.  I tried to take some pictures but really didn't get many good ones this year.

 

 

 
 


July and August were very hot and dry in Wisconsin.  The temperatures were well above normal.  We were able to cut and bale our second cutting hay and combine our oats.  Due to the dry weather, the oats are very light this year.   But, I guess I should be thankful that I have oats as the price of them and hay has skyrocketed all over the country.  Mike says we are like the squirrel getting ready for winter as we have plenty of oats, hay and shavings to get us through until next year.  Our neighbor Jack Cowling has been a wonderful neighbor.  He plants and harvests our crops except for the hay, which Mike and Bob do.   I don't know what we would do without the Cowlings. 
 

 


 

I sold several horses  since I last wrote.  Abner, the NN stud colt by Mr Elusive out of Shanes Night Lady went to Nebraska.  He is huge and will make a really nice stallion in the future.  Then, one day I had such a nice visit with Terry Bradshaw.  He loves the Tee Jay Roman mares and Lanis and I decided that I had too many horses to take care of and we needed to cut down for winter.  Terry bought Shanes Lady Romantic and her big 16.1 daughter, Sucha Classic Miss.  He also bought the 2011 gray stud colt by  Mr Elusive out of Shanes Lady Romantic.  Connie Mason, who manages Terry's business told me that they named him The Big E.   I will be anxious to see how he has matured and plan to go and see him during the World Show.  I really hated to part with these mares but I still have the big gray mare by Malibu Ken out of Shanes Lady Romantic. 
 

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Abner

Shanes Lady Romantic

Sucha Classic Miss

The Big E

 

I took some pretty pictures of our place and the horses this summer.  Since the numbers have gone down, it will probably be boring looking at pictures of the same horses over and over again.  
 
 
A big event for me in September was the Iowa Futurity Extravaganza.  What a weekend of futurities.  Lanis Noble, Vicki  Benker and I met in Iowa and spent several days watching baby classes and of course, eating great food in the evening.  It seemed as though everyone was there.  My good friend, Donna Davis raised the winners of the both divisions of the Breeders Cup Futurity.  Josh Weakley bought both  colts and they were superbly fitted by Kendall and Andy Station.  The money paid was over $20,000 in both classes and from what I understand it will pay even more next year.  I am excited as all three of my foals will be eligible for it next year.  The World  Halter Conformation was also a great event and it was held the same weekend.   A lot of money was also paid out in this futurity.    Along with that, the Iowa Futurities were also held at the same place and time.  I think that a weekend like this will go a long way to revive the halter industry.  I should mention that the Big Money Halter Futurity held the weekend before was also a very successful event.  I wanted to attend that but since they were so  close together, opted to go to Iowa instead.    Hats off to the promoters of these events.  It gives us, as halter breeders, an opportunity to get top dollar for our babies and also for the buyers to get money back.
 
 


 

On a sad note, we lost Mickey the first part of August.  If you remember Mickey was one of our two cats.  He evidently was pretty old and we had to keep him on medication.  One day I found him just laying there as though he fell asleep.  It was pretty sad around here.   Since we don't have any children, our animals have taken their places in our hearts.   I thought, what would Minnie, the other cat, do without her buddy so I got a kitten.   Dr Fox found her for me and she is the most beautiful baby.  She looked like a blue roan when we got her as was black with this long white hair all over her body.  Guess what, the white has been replaced by black and she is now a black cat.  Besides that, Minnie does not seem to  tolerate Smokie as we call her.  They are getting better, but Smokie picks on the older cat and Minnie doesn't want anything to do with her.  We keep thinking time will take care of things and hopefully they will eventually become buddies. In the meantime, Smokie lives in the office of the barn. 
 
 


 

Molly, our dog became 11 years old on October 14.  I know that she is overweight but Mike is not very disciplined about giving her treats.  He keeps telling me that he doesn't but then I catch him just "giving her one little one"   I took many pictures of her since I last wrote and since she is our pride and joy, I will have Vicki show them to you. 
 

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Candy

Candy

Rebecca & Candy


Rebecca

Rebecca & Candy

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Candy

Rebecca

Candy & Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca

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Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca

Candy

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Rebecca & Candy

Candy


 

Exceptional Candy and You Bet Im Cool (Rebecca) have become best buddies.  I love looking at these two NN mares with all the muscle you could put on a horse.  I guess we need to realize that you do not need to have an NH horse in order have muscle on  horses.

 

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Juliet
Annie
Ginger

 

 

I turned the 3 younger girls outside in a pasture.  They had been pampered too long and it was time they learned to be horses.  Of course, they follow me around when I go to feed and want me to put them back in the barn.  I plan to breed Juliet (Malibukini) this year but will probably leave Annie (Mailibouqet) and Ginger (Phenomenally) open. I would sell them but guess I really don't care if I do or don't.  Ginger, the double registered TD Kid filly should really be shown as she is Kentucky bred and also Incentive Fund and Breeders Trust.  Someone could make some serious money if they wanted to show her. 
 
 
Bob, our long time helper who is like part of our family broke his foot.  He will be gone for 10 weeks and he had surgery on his other foot right before he broke this one.    I guess you don't realize how much you miss someone until after they are no longer here.  Mike and I have been doing all the chores.  We had become so used to Bob doing things that we don't even know where some things are around here.  We have been doing fine and have some wonderful neighbors and friends.  Dickie Kaufman has been a real help as he can fix just about anything.  Katie Samuelson has also been great and is always willing to help. With the help of them and Becki Skulen, we will get by.  We are so lucky to have such good neighbors.

 

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I watched the Quarter Horse Congress on the internet. I was so happy to see that A Classic Edition again won the Performance Halter class.  She is sired by Kids Classic Style and out of Cooleah by Ima Cool Skip.  A Classic Edition  is incredible.  She has won the World  4 times and the Congress 4 times.  Besides that she is leading the nation in Performance Halter Mares an award she has won before.  I checked with AQHA and the mare has a total of 875 points not counting the Congress win.  She has also 4 World Championship titles and 2 Reserve World Champion titles besides having 10 high point in the nation awards.  Needless to say, I am looking forward to the 2012 foal out of her dam, Cooleah and My Intentions.
 
 

 

Soon, I will be going  to the AQHA World Show.  It is my big event of the year.  Mike stays home to look after things while I meet many of my horsey friends and we have a great time watching the classes and discussing conformation.  In the evening we enjoy the wonderful food in Oklahoma City and talk about (of all things) horses.  I will have a full report when I return.   Winter is right around the corner.  Our winter wheat is planted and the geese are flying south.  Mike thinks that we should be going south too but being a Wisconsin girl all my life, I  can't imagine leaving the horses.  Besides, I can take pretty pictures of the horses in the snow.
 

Sandy

 

 


 


July, 2011

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Sometimes in life we don't appreciate our friends as much as we should until we lose them.     I was called by Ray Ramirez daughter, Andrea in June and she told me that her father was in the hospital after a vehicle accident and they did not expect him to survive.  Ray and I were "phone friends"   He bought some horses from me years ago and we would talk and discuss horses over the phone.  I can remember when I would answer the phone, his first comment would be "hello darlin" and he would always end with "have a wonderful day".   Ray was from Scottsbluff, Nebraska and if anyone is looking for some good horses, his children have to sell all  38 of them, as they do not live there and have no interest in the horses.  The fact that the horse business is bad is not helping either and I am at a loss to find homes for them.  Laura Lehsten has been wonderful to help sort out the papers.   From what she tells me, there are some fantastic mares and he also has some good stallions including The Cluemanator a World Champion producer who is one of the few horses sired by Clueman who was sired by Obvious Conclusion out of Miss Bunny Tardee.  The Cluemanator's dam is sired by Ima Cool Skip and is a full sister to Cooleah, the dam of A Classic Edition and An Obsession.

 

 
It seems as though we have spent the whole month of June baling hay.  We were lucky with the weather and were able to get most of our hay baled without rain.  Thank goodness for our neighbors as we have had wonderful help unloading wagons.   We did have two catastrophes.  Mike was pulling a load of hay through the gates and the wagon swayed and broke one of the gates off.  We are lucky to have Dickie Kaufmann, our good friend who can fix anything.  He replaced the cement and mounted the gate again.  It was a major project though.    The other thing that happened was when Mike pulled a wagon in the barn and the bucket on the tractor caught the bottom of the door and broke the track off of it.  I guess that if those are the only things that went wrong, we are lucky.   Dickie Kaufmann spends quite a bit of time repairing things around here. He is definitely an asset and we jokingly  call him "facilities manager".

 

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New Kubota

Dickie

Bob

Bob and Mike

 

 
We have a new Kubota tractor. Well, it is new for us.  Our good friend and partner on some of the horses, Lanis Noble sold it to us and it is going to be nice to have something newer around here.  Up to now we have used our 2 old Ford 4000s and a Ford 600.   Allan Platt, who we call "Big Al" has kept our equipment running even though it is pretty old stuff.   The new tractor will be nice but I wonder if Mike is a bit leery about using it as he drove the old Fords to bale hay.  I guess it just takes getting used to different equipment.

 
My flowers are beautiful.  Dickie and I bought hanging baskets and Dickie planted the big flower pots at the front of the barn.  June is such a pretty time of the year in Wisconsin.  "Polly Peony" was beautiful this year. A few years ago I lost a beautiful Kid Clu filly when she broke her leg while playing outside  Roseann Albert from out east sent me a peony plant and she kept the sister plant.  Mine has bloomed every year and every year it keeps getting prettier.   We buried Miss Bunny Tardee in the area by it so there are two wonderful memories when I sit there and reflect on the past.
 

 

I have been trying to take pictures of the mares to update the web page. Since someone on Face Book mentioned true size measurements, I measured them so that I would know how tall they are.   Take a look at the new mare pictures as there are some current ones on the pages.   It is still hard to believe that all the work that I did on the old web site is gone but I am really pleased with how the new one is shaping up.   I guess the thing that I miss the most is losing all those years of news and pictures.   I have weaned all of the colts except one and he will be leaving his mother very soon.  Exceptional Candy and Rebecca are now best of friends and I love watching the two muscle bound girls outside together.  They look like twins but then I guess they are closely related.  Check out the new pictures that Vicki has been adding to the mares' pages. 
 

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Candy

Candy

Rebecca

Rebecca and Candy

Candy and Rebecca


 I am now working on taking pictures of the colts.  After I weaned them, they went through the "potty" stage but then I believe in feeding them all the hay they want so I guess I just have to live with that.  The gray Mr Elusive colt and the Fearles colt that is owned by JVQ Stud and Phoenix Farms in Australia are really coming on now.  Rebecca's colt, Scooter, did not eat well after I weaned him but he is finally adjusting to the change.   We sold the Fearles colt that Jackie Hardwicke and Jackie James owned to K and K Quarter Horses and they love him.   He is being pampered and Katie and Kayla plan to show him as a yearling gelding next year. 

 
Sire:  Mr Elusive
Dam: Shanes Lady Romantic

Pictures taken July 7 and July 8, 2011

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Sire: Mr. Elusive
Dam: You Bet Im Cool
 

Pictures taken July 7 and July 8, 2011

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My foal crop is not going to be big next year but the I guess that is good. On two different embryo flushes we got beautiful grade 1 embryos out of Rebecca (You Bet Im Cool) and My Intentions  and the first recipient didn't take hers and the other recipient lost hers at 45 days of pregnancy.  Kids Classic Gal (Janie) and Cooleah (Olivia) are both in foal to My Intentions.  Adding Exceptional Candy to the group also added an additional foal to be.  Next year will be the year of fillies for me (I hope)  After all, 9 straight stud colts is enough for any horse breeder, isn't it?
 

 


Supernatural Fella owned by Russ and Felisha Ellis had two Reserve World Championships at the Pinto World Show.  It couldn't happen to nicer people.  Their stud is the first cremello stallion to achieve a ROM in halter in the Quarter Horse Association.
 

 

 

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I have decided that I do not need to keep all of my horses.  I will accept offers on Annie (Malibouquet) , the  NH mare by Malibu Ken and out of Dandy Dee Gal.  If you remember, she is the orphan.  She is now 2 years old and she has made quite a mare.  She thinks she is more human than horse but she has all the attributes of a great broodmare or show mare.  Also, I should sell Ginger (Phenomenally)  She is also NH and sired by TD Kid and out of Phenomenal Affair.  She is 2 years old,  double registered and needs to go to a show home as she is Kentucky bred and eligible for that money plus the Breeders Trust and Incentive Fund monies.  Since I do not show, it is foolish to keep her.   Last and certainly not least, for those of you looking for a great NN mare, Sucha Classic Miss is that.  She stands 16.1 and is sired by Kids Classic Style out of Shanes Night Lady (Angelica)   All of these mares would make great additions to anyone's program.  Contact me if you are interested. 

 

 

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Sire: Kids Classic Style

Dam: Miss Bunny Tardee

 

Now, many of you have inquired as to what is going on with Fred (Classically)   He is the last foal out of Miss Bunny Tardee and  is sired by Kids Classic Style.  He is NN, palomino and stands a good 16.1 as a three year old.  I am ashamed to admit that I have not seen him for a year.  The reason for that was that I had so many surgeries last year and a two year stallion  is not a good thing to have when you cannot handle horses due to the surgeries and have no one that can.  Therefore,  decided not to breed him and sent him to be broke. It seemed as though every time we planned to go and see him, something came up.  It didn't help with the mess in Madison as Mike is a senator and he has been so busy.  I do have a few pictures of him that a girl took for me and I will have Vicki put them up.  I don't know if you remember my old pictures as a foal, but he was what I am looking for in a stallion.  His legs are great and he has an awesome neck and head and a great back.  Besides that, his pedigree is what I want in my program.  Mike and I plan to go an see him this month and I promise new pictures. 
 

 
I am sure that I have forgotten a lot of things.  That is a good reason to update the news more frequently.  I appreciate so much my wonderful friends on Face Book.  Sometimes I don't respond as much as I should but I want you all to know that I do relish your comments.
 

Sandy

 


 


June, 2011

 

June 2011
 
As most of you know, my website has been missing for months.  The server that I was using "lost" it and kept promising that  he could revive it.  Of course, I wanted to believe him as there were years of pictures and news on it and I had no backup for it.  Vicki Livasy kept telling me that I needed to start over--that everything on it was gone forever and she would rebuild a completely new site for me.  I dreaded the idea of starting over, but if you know Vicki, she doesn't give up on anything.  I am excited with her incredible work and once I get the write-ups done, I feel it will be better than it ever was.

 

 

I don't even know where to start with everything that has been going on here.  Vicki Benker, Lanis and I took a trip to Oklahoma and Texas in May.  It was good to get away and see all of the horses and visit with our friends.  I particularly wanted to see My Intentions as I have always liked the horse since I first saw him as a baby at Russell MacIntosh's.  He certainly didn't disappoint us as he has matured into a magnificent stallion.  We will be having 3 foals by him next year.  They will be out of Cooleah, Kids Classic Gal and Exceptional Candy.   I sure hope he is a filly producer as the last 9 foals born here have been stud colts and I  feel I deserve some fillies.   

 

Our weather has been weird but I that is the case all over the country.  We finally got our hay and oats and soybeans planted but my neighbor farm advisor  tells me that I shouldn't expect much from the oat crop because oats should have been planted over a month ago.  Now, we are trying to cut and bale hay and the weather just doesn't want to cooperate.  Whoever heard of temperatures going from freezing to 95 degrees in a few days.  We were able to get one field in without rain but it is basically grass hay which the horses love.  Mike and Bob really worked to get that in and I am so grateful that they did. 
 

 

We took Molly, our dog to the vet clinic to get her rabies shot.  Well, they found that she had 6 teeth that needed to be pulled besides a lump on her side that they removed.  As you know, Molly is like a child to us as we have no children.   I don't know, but sometimes I think pets cost as much to maintain as children do.  Mickey, one of the two cats also needed veterinarian attention and he is still on medication.  Thank heaven, the horses are all healthy,. 
 

We had two weekends of horse shows in Oshkosh.  The fairgrounds is 5 miles from us so I was able to go and watch the halter classes.  The size of the classes was not that big but there were quality horses shown.  Larry Lemke has a new gelding and he did great with him.  Rita Crundwell had  some of her top quality  horses at the shows and they deserved the winnings that they received.  Mike and I met Rita, Jim McKillips and Buddy Laney for supper and had a great visit with them about "old times"   I admire Rita's breeding program.  She has such great mares and breeds them to her own stallions that she has raised.  She certainly deserves everything that she has accomplished in this horse world.  Of course, I can't forget to mention Jim McKillips as he coordinates the whole program.  He is as good a judge of horses as I know. 
 
 

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I am the one who tells everyone that "you cannot give me a horse" and guess what?   I have a new mare.  This is how it happened.  Mike and I went to a wedding in Omaha, Nebraska.  On the way home, we decided to take the northern route and stop and visit Carri Jones.  It was sad to see her horse facilities converted to dog kennels.  She had sold Henrietta and only had Exceptional Candy and her filly by My Intentions left.  This was the first time I had seen Candy and I immediately fell in love with her.  I did not believe that there could be another NN mare with as much muscle as Rebecca  but Candy definitely has the same kind of muscle.  I guess it goes back to Miss Bunny Tardee. Rebecca is an own daughter and Candy is bred very similar.  Her pedigree includes a lot of horses that I raised over the years.     Needless to say, since I am  addicted to good horses, Carri and I worked things out and now she and I are partners on the mare.   The following week, Randy and Barbara Rhulen hauled both the mare and filly to our place.  I was looking forward to Carri showing the filly at the high dollar halter futurity in Des Moines but Gary and Carol Ellis bought the filly and they will show her instead.  Talk about a super filly, Elecktra has it all.  She is big and has the most gorgeous back, hocks, head and neck besides an outstanding heart girth.  I guess Carri and I will just go and watch Gary show her in the fall.  I am amazed that not only did Gary and Carol Ellis buy the filly but Russell and Felisha Ellis bought Valentine from me earlier.  I had never met either of the Ellis' and Mike and I are not related to either one of them.  I guess it is just a small world. 
 


 

If you watch the news at all, I am sure you have seen the political mess in Wisconsin.  Mike, my husband is right in the middle of it as he is a state senator.    We even had protesters outside of our gates at the farm.  I was home alone and thankfully did not get hurt trying to put the horses in the barn with the protesters  yelling right outside our gates.    I was particularly  nervous as Cooleah (Olivia) is blind and she was afraid of the noise.  I will be happy if and when the political climate in Wisconsin gets back to normal. 
 

The Youth Paint World is fast approaching.  Scott Francois bought our last paint mare, Laced N  Sensation and her filly sired by his stallion, Awesome Looking Kid from us.  His son, Tommy is planning to show the filly at the Paint Youth World.   I wish him all the success in the world.   The filly is currently intraining with Olin Parker.    
 

 

After all these years, we are remodeling our house.  I am a "barn" person and not a house person, so we had done nothing with it since we moved in.  We still had the original furniture and flooring.  It seems nice to have it look "new"    I  was able to get the most beautiful granite for the kitchen and wanted to get new stainless steel appliances but I could not find a refrigerator that would fit in the space we have for a refrigerator.  So, I had to keep the bisque colored one and get a new bisque range.  I very seldom cook but suppose a kitchen doesn't look too good without a range.   Now, I have to decorate and I am not very creative.  Rita Bangs painted some incredible watercolors of my horses so I plan to hang the drawings on  one of the walls in the living room.   They are absolutely gorgeous.  I purchased a painting by Suanne Wamsley from Carri Jones and  that will also decorate one wall.  All in all, when it is finished I will show you pictures of the "new house".
 

Watercolors by Rita Bangs
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Juliet Olivia & Janie Annie Rebecca

 

 

I have been enjoying many of you on Facebook.  I appreciate your wonderful compliments on our horses and truly enjoy seeing what so many of you are doing with your lives.  I love sharing experiences with you and welcome anyone who would like to be my friend.

 

 

There is still  so much to do on the web site.  Please be patient while I finish the write-ups.   Our weather has been nice so I have concentrated on getting new pictures instead of writing.  I will get caught up on the next rainy days  Not only have I been taking horse pictures, but I have also taken several of the beautiful nature scenes.   Hopefully with the new web site, I will keep current with the news.  If I don't do it often, I forget what happens.  I guess it comes with old age.

Sandy

 

 



 

 

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