Kudlac Ranch's "11K9" from Grant's Pass, Oregon
Elsewhere at the
you find the amazing stock dogs. Most
of them are border collies with a work ethic that is unsurpassed. Upon release
they jet their way at lightening speed across the vast field to the small cow
herd. They turn on a dime to corner and stare down an animal 10 times their
size and then move the herd back across the field turning them this way and
that until they reach a small pen. Then if they are lucky and adept they’re
able to turn the cows into the small pen and hold them there. Some of the cows
are more stubborn and wily than others and the judges take this into consideration.
Here’s the living embodiment of the phrase “It’s not the size of the dog in the
fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” The dogs work so hard and hot that
near the end of their run some of them plop down in the muddy water that was
left from the rain. You can almost hear the sizzle. Sale
There’s the cutting part of the weekend and everybody attends this. As a matter of fact all of the events are well attended. There’s nothing here that doesn’t interest the crowd. All of the events are part of a ranch’s stock in trade. The dogs are an integral part as are the horse and bulls. Without these animals the ranch can function but not as well. The horses show off how they can cut out a cow from the herd and keep it from getting back. They also show how they can pen a cow and how they are being roped off of. Ordinary people have no clue how much a good dog or horse can help a rancher. Poorly trained horses are a danger and a hindrance. A motor driven vehicle like a Gator works better than a horse that is not into his job. But if a rancher has a good horse he can go many places a vehicle can’t. The riders are all adept as their horses. There’s even a young girl that the crowd cheers wildly for as she guides her horse around the cows.
The trade show is part practical and part fun. I find a moderately priced pair of stirrups and a felt saddle pad with Navajo blanket. Mostly the items for sale are ranch related equipment but you see the odd vendor that offers packing equipment. Especially sweet is the radiant heat contraption and we stand in front of one of their models as it billows out warmth on this rainy January morning.
Marty indulges in a corn dog. We hear a few comments like “Isn’t this why we came here?” from passers-by. I resist and go for the wood fired pizza which is delicious and has healthy toppings. But then the next day I indulge in an Indian taco. There’s something about that deep fried bread dough. Hmmmm, hmmm, hmmm! Crunchy on the outside and warm and creamy on the inside. Don’t think about the implication as you eat it. I can live without the hamburger meat, lettuce, grated cheese and refried beans piled high on top. It’s that bread that I’m really digging for.
If you’re ever in
California the last week in January stop in on the Red Bluff Bull
and Gelding Sale. You won’t be disappointed.