Sunday, May 3, 2009

Branding 2009

It was great weather for the branding! Here's a few pics of the day :)

This year ropers were used instead of the table. This is Les, one mighty fine roper

Keith, another well trained roper. These two hauled calves in faster than I've ever seen before.

Another shot of Les.

My niece Jess and my nephew Mikey working as a team.

My Father-in-law, Pops. At pretty near 70 he still gets his hands dirty and shows the young 'uns how it's done :)

And here's the youngest cowgirl on the ranch, my granddaughter Lexi :)

Rick, a neighbour from Fountain Valley, seems to be enjoying all that dust!

Here's my BIL Doug gettin' ready to throw a calf.

Hubby made a new iron for this year, it's a lot smaller for the really young calves (It's the one on the right).

Here he is using one of the irons.

As Jess reaches for a calf....

...she had a really close call! She got between the roping horse and the calf in what we call "the bite."

She goes down and is dragged on her butt.

But she jumps back up, smile on her face and everyone breathes a sigh of relief.

My BIL Mike.

Kelvin looks way too clean! He had to work today and came out pretty much in time for supper so he missed all the getting down and dirty part.

Supper was buffet style served outside. Turkey, chicken, beef and every salad under the sun was available... the desserts were amazing and I think we all ate way too much! Here's a few of the ladies that brought food.
Betty, Grandma (MIL), and Eileen are on the bench. Standing is Mrs Dew on the left, Nan (Hubby's Aunt), and Clare on the right.


Anonymous said...

Lexi looks like a real little "House on the Prairie" gal. What a little doll!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures Kansas. They tell the story nicely. Seeing Jess fall like that just makes you hold your breath. Sure glad to know she is ok.

Moonshadow said...

Great pictures! Looks like you had a beautiful day for doing this, too. If you were doing this here in Kansas you'd be wallowing in mud. But I must say, some of the most entertaining rodeos I've ever seen were muddy. :)

Mikey said...

Awesome pics! Love seeing how y'all do it up there. Pretty much the same! Just love it!

tanita davis said...

Wow, a day on the ranch! (minus dust, flies, cow poop, heat and sweat) -- Two stunners -- the picture of Lex's fingers clutching bigger, older fingers, and the "bite" going behind Jess's legs. Feels like we were there! (Again, minus the dust, flies, cow poop, heat and sweat...)

You have a lovely deck/veranda area.

Anonymous said...

That was so kind to get smaller irons for the little ones... AB

Kansas A said...

Hi Tanita,
The deck/veranda is at my MIL's house across the way :) I figure I won't have such a nice looking yard until my last child flies the coop ;) lol

DaviMack said...

What an excellent sequence!

Tanita beat me to the question, there. I will say, though, that I don't think I've gotten a real feel for how things are laid out, on the ranch. I've seen glimpses, but no knit-together full picture.

Anonymous said...

I think that would be a great post. Show pictures of all the family homes on the ranch and where they are situated. Get that new camera in action.

jackie said...

I agree with the "big picture" suggestion! You live a life that most of us can't fathom!