North Erath County, Texas, 32.43 lat., -98.36 long. Elev. 1,086 ft. Turkey Creek Quad.
As an added feature to taking Hija to ESMS, I saw Peptoboonsmal, one of the leading quarter horses of recent years. He is standing (residing for breeding purposes) at ESMS on Brazos.
I knew that Peptoboonsmal was at ESMS and when I met the reproduction manager, Kellee Clarke, I said that I remembered a red roan up at Carol Rose’s several years ago. Did she have him? I did not even call his name, it was just the pink guy. Yes, Kellee said, Would you like to see him? Of course. This guy is becoming one of the famous sires of quarter horses of all time, coming up on Peppy San Badger, Hija’s grandsire at King Ranch.
So, Kellee, Brenda and I went back into the stallion barn to see the old boy (born 1992). I missed him at first as we walked by and had to turn around. Kellee opened the door to this fabulous stallion and said, He likes this. She entered ‘Boonsmal’s stall and he stuck out his tongue to have it scratched and massaged! Kellee said, he is a really sweet old boy. I can see that, I replied.
I stood and watched. Large old guy, but gentle and handsome. All matings with Peptoboonsmal are on site. There’s no artificial insemination from him. He’s a valuable sire and his owner, Jackson Land & Cattle Company, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is going to limit his exposure. They have quite a horse.
Left off Sweet Hija. Dr. Semira Mancill called later in the day, stating that Hija had recently come out of ovulation cycle, so they would keep her for a few days, give her an injection to start her ovulation again and then breed her. She will be bred to Shiners Lena Doc from Carol Rose’s stables. My other two offspring from Hija are also from Shiners Lena Doc: Fanny and Shiney, aka Shiners Fannin Peppy and Shiners Fannin Pepto.
We should be able to pick up Sweet Hija from the Brazos ESMS by the end of the week.