The Hagan family has always consisted of three families united and proud to produce this high quality family horse sale. 2019 will mark the first year moving forward with just Alistair, Erin, Harley and Slade. Thomas and Felicity are stepping aside to focus on their ranch and their branded beef program and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their second baby any day now. Rory is super excited to see if he is getting a brother or sister? Shawne has also decided not to put a horse in the sale but may well again if he finds the “right one”. This horse sale is a direct result of the Hagan family living out their dreams and doing what they want to do with their lives. It’s a great example of individuals being passionate about building something and making a living with their own independent ranches, cattle herds and horse programs. But most exciting is how the third generation is growing up known the value of it as well. Harley, Slade and Rory are all living the cowboy lifestyle, one thing is for certain the Hagan’s cowboy attitude will live on for years.
Alistair, the oldest of the Hagan siblings and wife Erin have been busy with lots of changes since our last sale! They have now lived one full year in their new house and still can’t believe it’s theirs! The kids simply refuse to quit growing up? Harley Mae is now in Grade 7 and Slade man is now in Grade 4. They are both very active and keep their parents running from one thing to other!
Harley started competitive gymnastics this year and took the family on different adventures to different towns and cities. She can be found most days doing cart wheels, flips and splits. Harley and “Rainie” have become quite a team this year as they qualified for and took the whole family to the Junior High National Finals rodeo in Huron, South Dakota this June. Harley bless her heart could not leave out her old favourite “Ringo”; he got to the make the trip to the big lights as well in the goat tying. What a great experience and a wonderful family trip; when the motor home pulled in Slade turned to Harley and said “thank you for bringing us here Harley”. It doesn’t get any better than that. Harley had an awesome year rodeoing; she not only qualified for Nationals in all 3 of her events but was also Rookie of the Year. She also may very well have qualified for her first MRCA finals this year in the junior barrels (season not over yet) winning checks at some great rodeos including her favorite rodeo Austin.
Slade also had an awesome year thanks to Papa’s horse Buster! Slade and Buster spent a lot of time going to the community pasture with the “boys”, even roped his first big yearling steer. Slade worked on his roping lots this summer on both the heel-o-matic and slower steers. Slade got to enter the kids roping at team roping finals for the first time and turned 5 out of 6 steers finishing second! Slade also ran barrels at lots of jackpots and has quite a pattern on old Buster now, what’s most impressive is Slade has done all the work both roping and barrels on Buster himself.
Slade’s hockey career continues to escalate with power skating, extended season teams etc. He loves it and we are beginning to have a true love for the sport! Again it also takes us as a family to rinks all over the country but this time the rink as ice in them instead of dirt!
Alistair and Erin are very proud of the ranch they have built together; it has taken lots of hard work, creative accounting and many different small businesses to raise a family on the ranch without having “jobs”. Their main business is Hagan Land & Cattle which consists of 4950 acres deeded and is head quartered on the original Hagan family farm which the family first settled upon arriving from Ireland in 1913. They currently maintain a herd of 450 British cows, grass their own calves, run around 60 head of horses, operate Hagan hoof trimming tip table business and continues to manage the Wallace-Kirkella municipal pasture. (This is a job which not only does Alistair love but it’s also a great fit for the horse sale.) There was again 500 custom grazing steers all managed in a rotational grazing system. The continued drought conditions throughout the summer meant the task of building cross fences to break the pastures up to best rotate/rest and manage the soil/grass was even more important.
The barrel racing program continues to move forward in a big way. The very first Mannie (Hagans Smooth Kruzin) babies arrived this spring and they are amazing! Another first for the program; 2 fillies born sired by Merri (BF Streakin Merridoc) out of money earning own daughters of “Dash Ta Fame”. Both Merri and Mannie had an outstanding breeding season! They got the opportunity to breed mares in the USA and clear across Canada! Erin feels very fortunate to have her own and possibly her favourite Merri baby, “Stinker”; he won money in the barrel futurities this summer and showed amazing in the heading at the rope horse futurity. Stinker will be staying to add to the family rodeo string for the whole family to ride. Erin looks forward to the 2020 season as it will be Mannie’s futurity year and she has him right on track, riding him lots this fall both doing barrel work and ranching. She is also extremely excited about her super cool young horses coming up to be added to the string including a 3 year old “JL Dash Ta Heaven” filly and some awesome long yearlings including Gracie’s (Erin’s MRCA/CCA money earning mare) grey filly by Merri as well as Smudgie’s (Derby/rodeo winner) full sister and a Irish Pay X Frenchmans Fabulous filly that is Pink Buckle eligible .
No matter if it’s a ranch horse, a futurity prospect or a pony, Alistair and Erin feel the best way to improve your horsemanship and to make a good horse is to simply spend time in the saddle riding, paying attention to your horse, having fun and surround yourself with good people. They truly do this as a family and are working hard to instill a love and respect for this way of life with Harley and Slade. Both can’t believe how time flies by; they love their family, their horses, their land, the ranch life and are looking forward to the future. They are very committed to the rodeo and ranching lifestyle and understand it is just that a “lifestyle”. One they are lucky to live.
All the horses on offer have been ridden extensively and have taken on the job we feel best fits them. We pride ourselves in “OUR” horses being what we say they are; if that’s quiet or fast or whether they are ranch horses, started team roping horses or rodeo ready horses. We ride a lot of horses as a family and cull very hard. We do our best only to sell horses that we feel will truly have a future and have done our best to select the best horse we can. We invite you to not only watch the video on each horse but to also come try out and ride any or all of the 9 horses on offer this year. Questions are welcome and there isn’t a question we won’t answer, we pride ourselves on being honest and approachable. Please check out the testimonies or call us if you see anything that you like and we will do our best to find a horse that best fits you as an individual.
Thanks for your interest and if you wish to see a video please go to our Facebook page or check it out at www.haganhorsesale.com