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Gold Buckle achievements - Congratulations to  Michaela Willms for winning Grand Champion Haltered Steer at the STLA's 2014 Winter Fest. Her steer is named BZB Dagnabit. Pictured above, her buckle is being presented by Stephen Head. We donate several longhorns a year to youth shows. This ones dam was More Than Enough and sired by PPF Gun Maker. It really gives you a warm feeling to receive a letter, like Michaela's letter posted below.
                              
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Our ranch hand (Jose Garcia) had just gone through this set of pens to feed the bull pasture. When he returned, he found the plane crashed into the pens with two pilots inside. The plane never touched the ground. It hit the pens and was stopped on contact. I believe they could have hit anything else on the ranch and had a softer landing. Over the next three hours, there were thirty five emergency, recovery, law enforcement, news reporters, on lookers and FAA vehicles at the crash site. Both pilots were life flighted to San Antonio. That was a week ago. It is looking good for the pilots, but they are still in very serious condition.
 

                      
The April 16, 2014 plane crash at the ranch was a tough day for the two local pilots. As I write this (six days after) both pilots are still in the hospitol with more surgerys scheduled. One is in ICU and one is in a private room. We pray for their full recovery.
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Turn Signal - No wonder Ft Worth traffic kept clearing out around the trailer. We had a bull signaling for left hand turn. This was October 25, 2012 on our way to the Longhorn World Championship in Oklahoma City.
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    PPF Mimosa is standing her ground in a hay grazer patch on 06-10-2012. She has found plenty of food where she is at and sees no reason to be moved.
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Congratulation to Kristen Nelsen and RR Sweet Pea. In February of 2012, they won Senior Division Grand Champion Female at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and went on to win Grand Champion Female Overall. Kristen is a Junior at Clear Creek High School. She is showing one of our sponsored heifers from the Nasa Longhorn Project. Good Job Kristen, that is about as good as it gets!
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How much "Bling" can you put on a miniature donkey? Tracey is re-defining that answer on a regular basis. The Donkey is named "Harley". He is a gift from Bob & Pam Loomis. Pam started the bling process and Tracey is keeping it in Vogue!
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Having fun with the bucks during a photo shoot. B.J. Fajkus is trying to feed them some corn.........and it looks like they are interested!
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Two bucks that were posed in our walk-in cooler (after being harvested) for a photo session. They are being transported to a tank dam, so we can get some sky line pictures of them with their hunters.
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     Jason Carter and Shamra Brown enjoying some time on the river. This was the day after the Three Amigos Sale when we hauled cattle most of the night to get home.
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   Tyler Smith takes a aim at buck on 01-23-11. I am feeling pretty good about his chances of success on this shot. When time allows for us to take pictures of a deer the next day, we will dress the deer and "pose them" laying down in the walk-in cooler. We try to pose the deer in a laying down position. Our goal is to get some respectful looking pictures of the hunters trophy. But, some of our photo sessions result in goofy renditions like this one. 
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  August 12, Ranch Tour with visitor Wes Chancey. Tracey Brown (aka. River Ranch Barbie) is feeding her pets.
                                   

         
          December 6,2009Joel King is - by far – the best deer hunter we have ever had on the ranch.
                                                             When he was in the stealth mode, the deer just didn’t have a chance.
 
             
            October 24, 2009- We have always called this pool of water the “Clay Pool” because of its clay bottom.
                       It has always been there for the fifty years that I have been around and due to live springs, it has never dried
                       up. It fact, We don’t even have a water trough in that pasture. It has been the host of a lot of summer time
                       swimming.
          
           August 16,2009- Four deer fawns in one picture.
            
           August 16,2009- It is a great year in the Texas Hill Country when your hay field looks like this one
                      does. With no irrigation in our hay fields, We averaged 4.65 big round bales per acre on 06-07-09 and
                       3.28 per acre on 08-26-09 (182 bales total). We have had less than 17” of rain this year, but it has been
                       spaced out perfectly.
             
            Coral Snake- Here is a picture of a 27” Coral snake my Dad killed on the ranch. The book about reptiles
                         says that Coral snakes only grow up 22” in length, so I guess this is a Boone and Crockett Coral snake! Ha!
                         You would think that a ranch producing Coral Snakes like this could produce a Huge specimen of a
                         longhorn!
            
             May 25,2009- Turkey walking through a hay field
              
             New Fields- After Receiving 3.75” inches of rain in March 5.00” inches of rain in April, these small
                          fields are well on their way. It is wet springs like the one starting out in 2009 when our cattle and deer
                          make their best jumps on horn growth. You can pour a lot of feed out of a sack, but you can’t match the
                          results from mother nature when she smiles on you.
              
             New feed and water troughs from Cox Concrete Products
                 
             Ross Polk & Robbie Martinetti help distribute cotton seed in a new location
                 
      Bob Dube’s new squeeze chute- It is ready to roll – who needs a new ear tag or who needs to have a
                                           porcupine quill removed from their nose? Step right up!