Archive for May, 2010

2010 Breeders Invitational 5/6yo Amateur

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
219.0
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DOCS ALOTA PEPTO R: KRISTEN YORK O: THAD & KRISTEN YORK
(SWEET LIL PEPTO x BARB A DOC, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $8,939

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2010 Breeders Invitational 5/6yo Open

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
224.5
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BET ON MERADA R: TJ GOOD O: JACKSON LAND & CATTLE
(BET ON ME 498 x MERADAS MISSIE, by FRECKLES MERADA)
Earned: $24,228

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2010 Breeders Invitational 4yo Amateur

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
216.0
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SOFIE REY R: ISIDRO SIGALA O: ISIDRO SIGALA
(DUAL REY x SAFARI FEVER, by PLAYIN SAFARI)
Earned: $6,800 (won work-off)

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Walter Britten: The man who sold Poco Bueno

Monday, May 24th, 2010

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Poco Bueno wasn’t the first Quarter Horse that the late livestock auctioneer Walter Britten hammered “sold.” Britten conducted the very first Quarter Horse auction, held at Eagle Pass, Texas in 1940, the same year that the American Quarter Horse Association was formed.

As the Quarter Horse grew in popularity, it was Britten who top breeders called upon to sell their stock at auction - outfits that included the Hankins Brothers, Jinkins Brothers, Waggoner Ranch, King Ranch, and Pinehurst Stable. It was at the Hankins Brothers first sale in the mid-forties, that Paul Waggoner purchased Poco Bueno for $5,700. In 1960, Britten sold 40 sons and daughters of Poco Bueno for Waggoner for an average of $8,159.

Raised on a farm in West Texas, Britten was introduced to auctioneering at 16, when the auctioneer at the 1935 Amarillo Livestock Show handed over the microphone and offered him the chance to sell his own 4H steer. The steer topped the sale and Britten used the money as a nest egg toward his college education.

It was while a student at Texas A&M that Britten sold the first Quarter Sale and was invited to conduct the poultry auction at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Britten, who became a renowned cattle auctioneer, served the Houston show for 46 years and was especially proud of the record 43 grand champion steers that he sold in as many years.

Shortly before his retirement, King Ranch dedicated its 32nd annual sale to Britten, who had sold every one of the King Ranch sales. “Walter S. Britten could be considered the dean of American purebred auctioneers,” read the forward to the 1983 King Ranch Catalog. “We consider him a friend. And we thank him for his years of service, both to King Ranch and to the entire purebred livestock industry.”

Not long ago I happened upon a treasure at the local Half Price books store – a signed edition of Britten’s memoir Sold!published in 1988. In addition to a chapter devoted to Quarter Horses, featuring a list of the top sales from  1951 through 1966 and the average price for each sale, the book is full of interesting anecdotes and little known facts (for instance, Paul Waggoner named many of his Poco Bueno sons after 3D and Waggoner Ranch employees) about the major forces in the Quarter Horse and beef cattle industries from the 1930s through the 1980s. It also contains more than 150 great old black and white photos.

Good all the way for Bet On Merada in the Breeders Invitational

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Good_T_JBet On Merada and T.J. Good won the Breeders Invitational 5 & 6-Year-Old Open Cutting with 224.5 points on Thursday in Tulsa. The victory, a first in limited age event competition for Bet On Merada, was worth $24,228.

Rey Down Sally, winner of the 2008 and 2009 editions, was runner-up with 222.5 points, under Gary Gonsalves for Iron Rose Ranch. The Dual Rey daughter’s $18,511 paycheck pushed her NCHA career earnings past $347,000.

Five-year-old Bet On Merada, sired by Bet On Me 498 and owned by Jackson Land & Cattle, made her show debut last year with Good in the Breeders Invitational 4-Year-Old Open.

“I cut a bad cow and got run over,” said Good of Bet On Meradas’ first Breeders Invitational. “She was hurt as a 2-year-old, so I didn’t show her at any futurities.”

Good rode Bet On Merada as a finalist in the 2010 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Limited, which he won on NQH Tom Cat, also owned by Jackson Land & Cattle. NQH Tom Cat, an NCHA Futurity Open Limited finalist, was the first cutting horse that Good, 29, a former reined cowhorse conditioner, had ever shown.

“He’s been good to me,” said Good of NQH Tom Cat. “He’s let me mess up plenty and kept me going. He’s taught me a lot and we’ve both learned together.”

This is Good’s second major Open championship victory. He won the 2010 Cattlemens Derby aboard Trick Pepto, as well as four 2010 open limited champion’s titles, including, in addition to the NCHA Super Stakes Open Limited, the Cattlemens Derby Open Limited on Trick Pepto; the Abilene Spectacular Open Limited on Trick Pepto; and the Arbuckle Mountain Classic Open Limited on NQH Tom Cat.

The latest poop from Hewlett-Packard

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
Cud I have my own Amazon.com account?

Cud I have my own Amazon.com account?

Hewlett-Packard engineers have devised a system that would couple dairy farmers and cattle growers with data technology companies like Google, in a symbiotic relationship, according to an article in today’s New York Times.

Based on H.P.’s calculation that the average cow produces enough waste per day to power a 100-watt light bulb, the process involves the conversion of manure to biogas in order to fuel data centers, which could then be built on inexpensive rural property.

This all reminds me of Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx’s novel That Old Ace in the Hole, set in the Texas Panhandle where, as one character tells another, “To live here it sure helps if you are half cow and half mesquite and all crazy.” Proulx’s novel, whose main character is a land scout for an industrial hog farming corporation, is packed with eccentric characters that will make you smile, nod in recognition, and laugh out loud.

Check out That Old Ace in the Hole; to find out more about H.P.’s research, click here.

2010 NCHA World Series Breeders Invitational Non-Pro

Sunday, May 16th, 2010
224.0 DULCES JOKER , 2005 (DULCES SMART LENA x MISS JOKER TANQUERY)
Rider: HEATHER STILES Earned: $8,226

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