Life Marches On

7 September 2014

It’s been a while since we last posted. Time flies, kids grow, things change but God is faithful, true and steady. Erica is in her Senior Year of High School  and Logan is in Borger, TX going to school and about to embark on the journey of his first college rodeo.  We are also going to High School Rodeos this year.  It’s comical to hear peoples response and we laugh and say, “Yes, this is our first and last year of High School Rodeo.” Sooooo excited about our colt crop this year.  We had 6 colts and have spent lots of time with each one.  colts.  A goal that we have been shooting for, for many years and to see it come to fruition has been very rewarding.  Colonel Freckles, Jet Smooth, Frenchmans Guy, A Streak of Fling are breeding you will find in these colts.  We continue to sell horses as well.  It’s always fun to see who will call out of the blue and what kind of horse they are needing. Especially since we rarely advertise anymore.Lackey-20140702-00897Lackey-20140702-00905 When someone calls we do our best to fit the right horse with the right person. No need to proceed if there’s not a match. We want the horse and the buyer to be productive together and enjoy their journey. It’s our firm belief that God will bring the right person for each horse that is sold. With that said wanted to share a picture of a sweet mare that we have for sale. HLC Streakin Angel, a 4 year old mare by the Streakin Six and Frenchmans Guy stud and then out of a Sugar Bars, Colonel Freckles bred mare. She has been ranch ridden and brought along slowly. Call if you have a need and well see if we have a match.  Enjoy the horses God’s blessed you with, one never knows what’s ahead….. hope that you are prepared for eternal life and have received the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for your sin. We have all fallen short of the glory of God and need the atonement for our sin.  Blessings to you.

Moving forward with Confidence in 2014

2 February 2014
Larry with Smooth

A throw back picture to about 30 years ago when Larry Henderson made a great decision and added CC Jet Smooth as a Stallion. He is still a solid part of our program.

We are already a month into 2014. Time does march on and things change.  I am thankful that one thing that has not changed around here is God, family, cattle and horses! They are all still a big part of our life on the ranch.  My Father in heaven never ceases to amaze me by His faithfulness, love and provision.  We have had some definite changes around here most of them really good. We have welcomed new help from Michigan and Louisiana. What a blessing they have been to us all here.

Last week, we welcomed Travis Sturdy back to the ranch for a week of focusing on the young horses.  Travis has been coming for many years now to help us out with the young horses. We have been working hard to cut down our horse numbers, which has not been easy to make those decisions, so that we can spend more time with each horse.  The goal is to treat them as individuals with individual talent and purposes instead of treating them as a herd where some tend to fall through the cracks. Travis’ time with us last week was very productive with the young ones making significant progress as most of them had already had time spent with them.  Yeah!!!! We feel blessed to have Travis come to share his gift with the  horses, to have a brother in Christ work with us and to share God stories, horse stories and family stories.  Aaron Marcantel of Louisiana joined us this year in the process, good to have him on board for this season.  It’s an awesome thing to watch these younger men work with the horses and grow in their faith at the same time.

Mike and I have been preparing a neat mare for the Nebraska Cattlemans Classic Sale held in Kearney the weekend of Feb. 15.  She is Colonel Freckles and Orphan Drift breeding.  Quiet, quiet, quiet…. this young mare is laid back and solid.  It’s been fun getting her ready. This will  be our first time to the classic, we look forward to the weekend of meeting new people and attending this event that the committee has been working hard to prepare for.

May your 2014 be blessed!! We look forward to the young horses we are going on with and the colts to be born. Lord willing, Mike and I plan to compete some this year. We have great help on the ranch which makes it much easier to leave home.  May  you have hopes and dreams that get new meaning and life this year…..hope it involves a horse.:))))   Livin in the moments blessings,  Tee Jay

Broodmares on a Wintery November Morning

10 November 2013

Mares 2013

I love posting things here…want to do it more often! This particular morning this past week was wintery looking got about 5 inches of snow. Went to check the mares and found  them in some snow covered, dried up rag weeds. Got to thinking as I was checking them what a journey we have been on the last few years here at the ranch. In the last 6 years we have added another place 30 miles from us with farm ground. No we had zero farming experience before this purchase! God knew we would need fewer horses to be able to keep up with the new venture so we felt led before we bought the Petra to start making our herd smaller, higher quality mares that had been ridden or proven. Proven is best but things don’t always go as planned.  We are trying to stay at about 6 mares.  Thankful that we have not had to sell any mares by sale barn. It’s all been private treaty. That sure makes it easier on our hearts. God is soo good to us!! He who calls you is faithful and He will also do it.

Soo….I am dying to tell you about the mares we have left. Two Frenchman Guy daughters-one is a mare we bought that I ran a couple years. She had won $20,000 at futurities. The other Frenchmans Guy daughter goes back to our old Colonel Freckles stud that we had for years, she is beautiful. There is a Royal Quick Dash daughter who is a sweetheart.  Erica’s young mare is by her and Frenchmans Guy- Lord willing you’ll be hearing more about this bay beauty!! Another mare is the black mare that Erica and I ran for years by Cash in Your Bux- yes she got turned out to pasture. Erica made short go in the poles at the Little Britches Finals on her two years in a row, so we’ll she how long she stays in the pasture.  Another mare is a Dash for Cash, Streakin La Jolla daughter bred this year to Flashlight. We made sure we kept some CC Jet Smooth daughters one of which is in the broodmares. She goes back to Maudies Joak on the bottom-I love her second colt born this year by HLC Sak Em Sugar. He’s cool!!

So there’s a quick overview of what we been up to in our breeding program the last 6 years. It’s a journey that we still on walking out! Hurry up Spring!! We have CC Jet Smooth semen left and plan to use some this spring.  Till next time when I sit still long enough to blog :)….Tee Jay Henderson

 

 

Shipping Day 2013

10 November 2013

Steer calvesSo many blessings to count….. this past Monday we rounded up, sorted and shipped the steer calves to their new homes.  A beautiful fall morning with lots of great help from Ogallala Livestock and also from our ranch help.  Thankful to get to ride my horse on such nice mornings while the sun is coming up.  We are thankful for a good, healthy calf crop. We are also thankful to have great people working alongside us on the ranch. Couldn’t do what we do without them.

I couldn’t help but think of our neighbors to the north. Some who lost much in the October blizzard, Atlas.  One never knows when you ranch what God may allow to come across your path.  It may be hail, blizzard, drought, flooding, fire or disease. Noticed I said God. There is no such thing as Mother Nature.  One may wonder why God would allow some of these things to happen.  We can not know all the things that our amazing Creator chooses to allow, such as the incredible loss in Job’s life,  but we know that He has our best interest in mind and He is a God of restoration.  He will not leave us hopeless.  He is after our hearts, nothing more and nothing less.  Proverbs 4:23  I have seen and heard stories of people coming alongside others in flooding to the south and blizzards to the north in  ways that just don’t happen unless there is a crisis. God wants us to know that we need Him everyday and we were made for community.

Hail took all four pivots of our corn this year. It has been a pain in the neck getting roofs, pivots, tractors, windows, gutters, etc. fixed.  Working with the adjustors and insurance and contractors=more time on the phone-less time outside.  We have worked with met people who normally would not cross our path. It’s also allowed us to do some improvements  at the Petra place. SOO, with a big sigh I will make more phone calls tomorrow….yes this happened back in August.  The new shingles on all 3 houses look really nice and I love the new color on two of them.

So, whatever part of the country this finds you in, may you have hope in Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

 

June, really???

3 June 2013

 

 

Family in front of barn-web

Family in front of morton- web

 

Well…….it’s been a while since we have sat down long enough to stop here with you.  We made it through calving!! whoo hoo.  It was not an easy one but we were so grateful for the moisture.  I am not sure how grateful I was the day in the middle of April that was 9 degrees with 40 to 50 mile an hour winds with snow and sleet. Calves born outside died within minutes. Thankfully we didn’t have too many of those.

We have moved on to AI season and foaling and breeding mares and rodeos and jackpots and graduation and time to help new folks move to the ranch with us. Never bored and lots to be thankful for.

We are so excited about the horses, those we are riding and those that we just born.  We have a cool filly by A Streak of Fling that is pretty awesome. She is out of a Frenchman Guys daughter that I ran and just love.  Some palominos by Streaker as well.

During a busy calving season we took time to enjoy some special people that came to our house. Frank and Donna Lozano of Houston, TX. Frank is a great photographer and also has done award winning documentaries. Neat people that we were glad to host here at the ranch. Had to share some favorite family pictures. They also took awesome pictures of Logan and Erica. May share them later.

I pray that you are well  amidst all the storms in this country, whether that be weather related, family related or government related. I pray that Jesus is your anchor amidst the storm…….keep keeping on…..Tee Jay Henderson.

A Week full of Blessings!!

22 February 2013

Scenic view of calvin lot Well, it’s been a good week. I always enjoy the weeks where I get to stay home everyday to enjoy what we have been blessed with here and to catch up on some projects, one being the bookwork.  Mike tells me we need to hire a book keeper and I say that would be nice but it would take longer to tell them my system than to just do it myself!! That way if something is overlooked I can say,  “Oh, lets just fire her!”

Sooooooo many blessings to count this week……As you can see we received more snow which means more moisture and more grass. I have been reminding God that He is the one that causes the grass to grow on the hills.  We will be needing grass on those hills this spring to keep raising God’s critters.  I am thankful that we do not depend on the weather man or the Farmers Almanac to bring us moisture. God is faithful and He will finish what He has started here on this earth.

One of the huge highlights of the week was sitting down at lunch on Wednesday with my family and reading them the email from Stofie. Stofie is from South Africa and had contacted us about how Logan’s phone call had touched her heart. Over the last 5 years since the phone call, we have heard story after story of how God has reached down through that phone call and brought healing and hope to people’s hearts and lives. Stofie’s story is sad, her heart still aches but she has found reason to go on and God has given her hope. Thank you Stofie for sharing with us your story. She felt that she was writing us a newspaper article as it was lengthy but by the time I had finished reading we were all in tears at the table. Shaking our heads in humble thanks for another way that God touched our hearts through other people’s lives.Twins-March 22

If you look close in the picture, you can see cows in the lot. They are cows that are getting ready to calve. We have officially started calving season. Today at about 5:00 pm a set of twins were born! It was nice to have them born in the beginning of the season where we had time to enjoy them. As the season goes on it gets so busy, some days there may be up 70 to 90 calves a day born on the whole ranch.  These cute little twins were born to a first time Mom or a first-calf heifer as we call her, and she did not have any milk so the babies came inside the barn office to spend the night and stay warm.

Oh…I got to ride up the hill this evening riding Super Star, my Frenchmans Guy daughter, and leading Vashti, Freckles Gigolo daughter.  (My huband always makes sure that I am well mounted. :)) The picture of our place at the top of the hill was taken off my horse. I love to go there in the evening as the sun is going down. I love the light shining on the hills. It makes God’s glory seem even brighter and bigger from the top.  I am thankful for horses, hills, happenings on the ranch and happy times at the family table hearing of how huge God’s love is for everyone in this world…..yes that means you as an individual too. If you could ask Stofie she would tell you that’s true. Till next time…..Tee Jay Henderson

 

 

SD Heartland Futurity- A Fun Time

2 November 2012

Time with Friends, Family and Horses-Priceless

Erica, Raelene and I traveled to Huron, SD last weekend for the Heartland Barrel Futurity. We each took a futurity horse and we all came home with a check.  Erica and Raelene both did well in the 2D on their horses. Erica also did well in the Pole Bending Futurity which was a nice surprise for her and HLC French Cutie Pie as the mare hadn’t been through the poles but a hand full of times. It’s so fun to watch these horses succeed at the events they enjoy. We feel that comes from a great foundation, good health and opportunities for them to build their confidence and be the horses they were created to be. I took my Frenchmans Guy mare, Frenchies Super Star. She won money in both rounds  and an average award in the 4D. It was her first time entering so we were happy with that. It’s a challenge getting to jackpots where we live. Those Little Britches Rodeos always seem to make top of the priority list. We know it’s a small window of time and we love every minute of it.  Be blessed and enjoy where God has put you this season of your life……..Tee Jay

A SMOKIN 2.2 Seconds….On a Dry Box Horse

11 October 2012

Rodeo Video*Erica Henderson* Click Here        

September 29, 2012 was the second rodeo of the NLBRA  series held in Chadron,NE. It was Erica’s first rodeo as a Senior Girl.   A 2.7 was 7th place in Breakaway Roping and Erica won it with a 2.2 seconds. She has started roping on her brothers Calf Roping horse, Dudley, and  they are getting along well. Dudley has been a rock for Logan in the Tie Down. He is out of  Dry Box’s own CC Jet Smooth and a Freckles Playboy mare.  We raised Dudley, had sold him and bought him back. We are sure glad to have him. CC Jet Smooth is no longer with us but we are thankful to have  some mares still left in our program. Good Job Erica!! Keep on  Ropin Logan!!   Call for your own Dry Box Winner today.

They’re Growin Up!!

21 August 2012

We wanted to share recent pictures of Logan and Erica with you. These were taken at the NLBRA Finals the end of July. Logan is now 18 and few days old! Can’t believe it!!!! Erica is 14 and still loves to ride, read about horses and watch movies about horses. Logan has been a huge help on the ranch this year in between going to Summit Ministries for two weeks in June and one week of youth camp in Alabama.  Spending time with them through horses and the arena has sure been a blessing for Mike and I.  When we had our first horse sale on the ranch, Logan was a new born baby. So 18 years ago we started selling horses through on the ranch sales and now private treaty sales.

Falcon, Colorado Little Britches Rodeo

10 July 2012

Falcon, CO at the Latigo arena was the setting for last weekends Little Britches Rodeo. It was a 3 rodeo weekend which was the end to a 5 rodeo saddle series.  Mike, I and Erica traveled down on Friday morning. Logan met up with us at the airport in Colorado Springs on his way home from SEYC camp in Birmingham, AL. It was good to see him again!! What fun times with our two delightful teenagers! We are proud of them and enjoy every second that we get with thErica Henderson wins all-aroundem. When we get to spend a weekend as a family at a Little Britches Rodeo is just a Blessed time!! The Hendersons have grown to really appreciate Little Britches rodeo and the character that it builds within our young people. It not only promotes a healthy enviroment to teach young people to do their best  but Little Britches has a way  of nurturing the good qualities. Not just a focus on winning.  We have what we call our Little Britches Family.  We love each one of them!! We are back home for 2 weeks before we head to Pueblo to the Finals.  Oh, we brought home an extra saddle in our trailer, the Jr. Girls All-Around Saddle to add to the many all around prizes that Erica has won this season. Logan qualified for Finals in Calf Roping in just 3 weekends but has chosen to take care of his shoulder, more character building, I love it!!!  Thank you Jesus for all that you bless us with…..till next time….. Tee Jay Henderson


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