My one and only filly, out of my first show mare Stacy is truly everything I hoped for. Her half brother Dockit is doing well and is going to be entered in the Open and the NCHA Futurity. Her full brother Oakco has not been shown a lot. When they have time to show him, he brings home a check. I did leave Stacy open this year so that she could heal up. She is doing well. Since I have my filly, I don't care if she ever settles again. I bred my show mare Anna and my Buffy mare to Spider, they should cross really well with him. I haven't had a Spider baby in 4 years. I didn't have anything that I really could bred to him. I'm going to leave my Kansas mare open and go back to riding her. We are going to have 2 babies a year so that Gerald and I both have a horse to go on with to the show pen. Gerald wants to take Catsolena to the futurity next year. He has to catch up on his training to get him there. We are so busy getting my farm ready to sell. He is buying the house next to his and I am going to move in there. We have to get his farm ready for our horses. He has 40 acres so it will be better to keep his place. We have had to make a lot of adjustments due to this economy. We have proven mares that we had to decide whether to sell or just feed them and leave them open. We did place 2 of the mares with a breeder that needed broodmares for his Stallion. We mostly end up trading, no one has the money to pay what they are worth. I would not let them go to an auction just so they could end up in the killer pen. They are the only people buying around here. Out of the 6 broodmares that Gerald and I have only one that is riding sound. Out of the six only 2 were broke to begin with. All the babies are really good. We are keeping 4 out of 5 of them. The one I named Murry will not fit into our program. His parents are 15 hands and under and he will hit 16 hands. He dwarfs the rest of the babies and he is only 2 months old. He is really a smooth mover, very slow legged. I think he will make a roper or western pleasure. All the mares are cutting horse bred, it doesn't guarantee that you will get that in the foal. We have friends that are leaving all their mares open for the next year or so to see what will happen to the market. Every time I pick up a horse magazine I find pages of dispersal sales. What really scares me is the big name breeders are cutting back for the first time in years. At least they recognize that the market is not there. Hopefully things will turn around.