We carried Fanny and Hija and her unborn foal to sale in our two-horse trailer named Equi Spirit.
Fanny or Shiners Fannin Peppy sold at the Heritage Place Mixed Winter Sale on Thursday in Oklahoma City. Courtney Hampton of Summersville, Missouri, purchased Fanny. Courtney’s work and pleasure with Fanny will center about Barrel Racing competition and Fanny will do Courtney well. For Courtney and Fanny, it seemed love at first sight. The hind socks on Fanny are white and shaped like wings and I trust Fanny will fly like the wind with Courtney.
In the listing of horses to be sold at Heritage Place, our second and third horse, Sweet Hija and the unborn foal, came up for bid at 8:00 p.m. Friday night. All day long I prepped Sweet Hija and her unborn foal for the big event, going into the make-up ring — a place where you walk your horse in an open area — and then up the walk to the auction arena where a professional handler takes control. When the presentation began, I walked with Hija and she showed her King Ranch style: energetic, fully alert, stepping high, ears forward. Yet she stayed close by me as I walked her from her left side. For five minutes she presented her Running W, the brand of King Ranch, to the crowd before I handed her off to the handler that took her into the the bidding arena.
When she came back to me she was no longer mine. Sweet Hija and her unborn foal passed into the kind and humane possession of Kim Elliott of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Sweet Hija and her foal will reside near Calgary, on land and terrain that gave Bierstadt panorama to the films, Open Range and Legends of the Fall. Kim Elliott acted and her horses performed in both movies. Ms. Elliott told me and Brenda that When horses come to our ranch, they are there for good and they have the terrain of Open Range to look at day after day. How can Brenda and I be so happy and mournful at the same time for the unexpected fortunes of our three horses? We are and we will be.