Home on the Range
The annual Quarter Horse sale at Jamison Herefords and Quarter Horses in Quinter, KS has always been a highlight for my kids and our family. Since moving to California last year, I can't help but get a little sad every October, knowing we'll miss another sale. Even though we're not there physically we are definitely there in spirit and watching online. Since we can't be there this week (October 5th & 6th) I decide to do a little post on the ranch and some of the horses in the sale that we got to ride this summer.
First, a little flash from the past: my daughter riding in her first sale at 2 years of age. She's riding Coco--the first horse she got attached to and one we'll never forget. I can't believe this was 8 years ago!
And here is the same daughter with her horse Brandy 8 years later:
The twenty-six hour long car trip back to Kansas was long, but well worth it. For the first time we all got on horse back together for a long trail ride that ended in a cookout--complete with cows getting out of the pasture and into someone else's field, an owl swooping out of a grain shed and frightening us, and lots of very sticky marshmallows. We got to experience some of the horses in this years sale and I have to say, I fell in love with a few and I'm a little sad to see them go. These horses did great with me and my kids--who aren't the most consistent or experienced riders. As you read, please excuse my non-rancher/horse expert lingo. I'm talking to you as a mom who grew up in town, not a horse expert.
To see videos and more information on these horses visit www.jamisonranch.com
You can also view the sale live at www.dvauction.com. The schedule is:
Thursday, October 5th 1:00 p.m. CST Performance Horse Preview
Friday, October 6th 9:00 a.m. CST Feature Horse Preview
Friday, October 6th 12:00 p.m. CST Horse Sale
Lot 100 Starchy Letters--AKA my favorite horse
This Gelding is my favorite. I really wanted to take him back to California with me. He's a tall horse at 16 hands, but I like them big and gentle. For an inexperienced rider like myself I found him a very calm and responsive horse. His mouth was soft and he responded well to everything I asked him to do. He is very intelligent and not to mention handsome. Don't we look good together? Maybe my husband will bid on him for me. *wink, wink*
Here I am with Starchy on our trail ride. Nothing compares to the Kansas prairie at dusk. I'm pretty sure at this point in the ride Joseph and I were planning a way to get our horses from Kansas to California without anyone noticing.
I don't know what horse this is, but my son sure LOVED him! You can tell by the big grin. This gelding is not in the sale, but he was a fine example of a purebred Quarter Horse.
We had some friends out to ride and all the horses did great with them.
Lot 19 Citisun Cline Buckskin Colt
Click here to see the video of him.
Of course we didn't ride this colt, but we're pretty fond of his mother (the mare on the left). His brother is for sale too (lot 84 JA Rooster Sunfrost)--a great gelding. Click here to see him on video.
Here I am with his mother back in 2005 while Daron and I were in engaged. This was my first time seeing her after Daron bought her for me. I think I fell in love a little more with Daron after that. Her name is Roosters Lacy Letters, but we nicknamed her Marabelle (I know, not even close to her real name). We've both grown up a little and expanded our families since this picture was taken. I'm pretty sure she's had a couple more kids than me though.
Here Daron is with Marabelle in July. She is such a good broodmare and always so friendly! Her colts and fillies like to impress.
Sire of lot 19, PC Citisun Cline, is impressive too. He's a beautiful golden Palomino with excellent performance. Isn't he a looker?
I don't have anymore horses to feature on this post. Although there a lot more I could introduce you to. I really just wanted to show you the ones I have a personal connection with. I'll leave you with a few more pictures from the Jamison Ranch instead.
Asher and Grandpa riding Brownie in this picture. Asher refused to ride any other horse. I think they have similar personalities--both like to be the boss :)
The bull and Jemma are squaring off.
This boy and his horse. He's a rancher at heart.
Proof that they do love each other.
Kansas sunsets are always beautiful.