Happy New Year!
I have to say, I'm sure not getting any better about newsletters with having Facebook available...and so many of you just keeping up with news tidbits on there. These newsletters will probably continue to phase out... A lot has happened since 9 April 2012, but I won't drag you through all of the details...just try to hit a couple of the highlights and move on!
Which, speaking of 'moving'...as I'm sure you all know by now, we are no longer out in the Little Missouri River breaks, but are now on the eastern side of the state northeast of Jamestown, ND. It was a long move - especially being only 2 months from the arrival of Kyle, our 4th (and final! haha!) baby, but we got it done and have been busy since trying to get settled, repairs done and all of that fun stuff that there are never enough hours in a day or money in the bank to get done!
We had a succesful foaling season with 2 beautiful fillies born. SMM Shez Got The Luke (Straws Mighty Magnum x Ms Lukette Me) a rich bay with classy blanket over her hips, is pure girl and so much her momma. A bit of a diva attitude, and looks to match. Due to an unfortunate accident (we've had too many of those this year with everything going on...), she lost the tip of her one ear to "Cookie", but is still just a drop dead beautiful filly - and boy can she move. We also had SMM Pix Me Champagne (Straws Mighty Magnum x Nikki Nack) a gold cream champagne blanketed filly. All we could have hoped for when we crossed Magnum and Cookie...and she tested N/N for GBED (as many know, her dam was a GBED carrier we found out just months before Pixie's arrival) "Pixie" as she was named by our daughter, Abby, is our tomboy... She is a 'go get 'em' sort of girl, but oh so quiet. She can race around a paddock at full speed, doing flying lead changes and rollbacks, and then come and stand quietly at the fence to be loved on with her head down. She also had an accident after our move...her momma thought the grass really was greener on the other side of the fence and pushed Pixie through panels not once, but TWICE so she could get out. Thankfully it was just some pretty serious cuts, but Pixie has healed up without any physical or cosmetic blemish. She has become Abby's favorite and there is nothing cuter than seeing a 6 year old girl leading a little filly around. :) Both fillies are offered for sale, but covered in winter fuzzies, so we won't have much for advertising out until they sleek out again. You can see more about these girls on the prospect page.
We also had a carbon copy son of Magnum join us in early fall, Chromed Revolver, "Sturm". He came from Wisconsin and is a full brother to Aprils Cool Magnum, an ROM earner in hunter in hand. "Sturm" was bred by Jane Seidl. We took him to his first show ever in early October where he came back with some points in hunter in hand and halter. He was a bit excited at the show, but we expect with work he's going to be just awesome. We also had his big brother, Ruger, at the show and Ruger brought home more points in hunter in hand and then enjoyed standing around while Sturm and Holly did some halter and Holly did leadline.
Some very exciting show news for us... SMM Aint I A Trick (Straws Mighty Magnum x JR Spice) and Rachel Forrest-Weckel made a trip to the 2012 ApHC World Show. "Trick" is our first Magnum baby to head to the Worlds...and boy, did they do us proud. Trick was shown in Non Pro Yearling Longe Line - Western and came home with an 8th place in a tough class. We are very proud of them - and a huge thank you to Rachel for all of her hard work! Rachel is very excited for what the future holds with Trick - I'm sure you'll be hear lots more from them in the future! Magnum has now produced 5 Performance Point Earners, 9 Halter Point Earners, 3 ROMs and over 135 ApHC points. The best part, we continue getting reports from our Magnum Baby owners on how quiet, easy to train...and well, just plain awesome their babies are! Things we love to hear!
We are under 2 months until our only expected 2013 arrival, here, on the farm. Holly (CR Hollywood Peanut) is due February24. This baby will be a full sibling to Ruger. I am crossing my fingers for a filly. I, personally, am starting to have a hard time parting with any of Magnum's colts as I realize he is getting older...and I also have 4 little kids coming up that are going to need good, quiet geldings in a few years. With the dispositions of Magnum's babies, I know I can't go wrong there for the kids. :) Cold weather has delayed getting the camera hooked up, but I am hoping by the end of this month we'll have things taken care of. Sorry, though, the cam will only be for us and not shared online. No need to worry, though, we always post pictures and details asap once the new babies arrive.
Late summer we sold 2 of our broodmares (Luka and Cookie) due to various reasons...then unexpectedly we were offered 2 mares the end of November by Kerry Bradac of Bradac Ranch. One is a 2010 AQHA daughter of Hot Diggity Joe that was injured as a weanling, so she will prove herself in her production. "Josie" as we call her has been settling in to the routine around here and is quickly learning it's pretty nice to have a stall, lights, and grain to come in to each night! The other is a 1995 Thoroughbred mare. "Dani" as she is known, had a successful career as a jumper before moving on to motherhood. Her get have earner over 600 AQHA points, multiple Top Five placings at the World Show and over $14,000 in IF earnings. She is a gentle as can be - and even at over 16.1 hands, always has time to drop her head down to little Katy's (Katy is our 2 year old daughter) level to be loved on. We are excited about the addition of both of these fine mares - and can't wait to see what their future production holds with us. Both are currently under lights in preparation for the 2013 breeding season.
And, that brings us to 2013 breeding season. We have decided Magnum will stay home for the 2013 season. He is becoming an increasingly vital part of our daily operation with our expanding cattle herd, and well, just a plain wonderful part of our family. We have, however, made arrangements with Horner Equine of Dawson, ND to collect and ship Magnum when needed. We will be offering a very limited number of shipped semen and live cover breedings in 2013 to a select group of mares. All mares must be 5 panel tested and pre-approved by us. His stud fee will be $500 LCFG with a non-refundable booking fee of $250 and a chute fee of $300 which covers first shipment and regular overnight shipping. Saturday delivery, Canadian shipments, etc will be additional. We will be able to ship throughout the United States and to Canada, as well. For those of you that know, I have been struggling with sending 'my boy' off quite a bit the past 2 years and am so very excited he will be staying home this season! I will admit, though, I'm not looking forward to any collection mornings when I have to get one kid on the bus, 3 little ones ready and loaded, Magnum loaded, drive 90 minutes, collect, and drive another 90 minutes home! He is in a couple of stallion auctions for the 2013 season, as well.
I think that is it for now. Have a wonderful 2013 - just in case I don't get around to another newsletter until 2014!
Jacob & Kristine Ryun
A reminder to all. Ads listed below will be $5/6 months per horse, photo included to be posted in the Newsletter only. For $15/6 months, per horse, photo included they can be posted in the Newsletter and on our For Sale page on the website for everyone to view at anytime. This does NOT apply to Magnum babies or mares bred to Magnum that are offered for sale - those are always free.
Please View www.ryunlivestock.com/forsale.htm for a current list of our horses for sale!
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