About Us :: The Hagan Family & Ranches
The Hagan family consists of three families united and proud to produce this high quality horse sale.
This family horse sale is a result of the Hagan family living out their dream and doing what they want to do with their lives. It all started with Shawne; even though he grew up in a non cowboy family and not in cowboy country at all; against the odds he became a true “Cowboy”. He created a ranch and the complete cowboy lifestyle. This example has lead to his sons and daughter in laws buying, building and making a living with their own independent ranches, cattle herds and horse programs.
Shawne and Jocelyn were very proud of the “Blue Wing Teal award” they won for the entire family’s conservation efforts and really enjoyed the awards banquet. Shawne and Jocelyn had started the relationship with Manitoba Habit years ago (one of the very first caveats signed) and encouraged the rest of the family to do the same! It was very nice to be recognized for their efforts.
Shawne and Jocelyn are the proud parents of 4; Alistair, Amanda, Thomas and Bronwen and grandparents to 3; Harley Mae, Slade and Rory. They are both very close with of the all of their children and are especially proud of the fact that although their children may not all have the same passion’s in life, they are all passionate about what they do and the direction they have taken their individual lives. Both Shawne and Jocelyn love being grandparents and spend a lot of time with Rory, Harley and Slade. The kids all love going to their Nan Nan & Papa’s house and there isn’t a day goes by that Papa Shawne doesn’t stop in to see them. Shawne really enjoys spending time in the saddle with his family; you have never seen anyone as proud as him when he is riding side by side with Harley and Slade moving cows. 3 generations of cowboys all because when he was a boy he followed his dreams!!!
P.S This well be the first year that Shawne and Jocelyn will not have a horse in the sale. They purchased an outstanding 8 year old gelding, fully intending on putting him in the sale. As life goes Shawne’s good old “Keeper” horse is starting to slow down a bit and he has finally decided to keep one of his outstanding geldings for himself. He hopes to be back with another “Outstanding one” next year!
Shawne and Jocelyn live on the Hagan family farm were Shawne was born and raised. They maintain their current cow herd of 220 and show no signs of slowing down.
Jocelyn is still working off the farm as a member of the team at the Virden Co-op too much really but she enjoys the people she works with as well as everyone she meets and greets on a daily basis. Work is fine but Jocelyn is happiest when hosting her 3 grand babies, any or all of her kids and or her sisters.
Alistair, the oldest of the Hagan siblings and wife Erin have been busy with lots of changes since our last sale! Kids simply refuse to quit growing up? Harley Mae is now in junior high, Grade 5 this fall and she absolutely loves it!!!! For the first time these two best friends are not in the same school and Slade man (now in Grade 2) is the only Hagan in Mary Montgomery elementary school. They are both very active having all sorts of adventures together on the ranch and love spending time with their cousin Rory. Harley and “Ringo” (now 8) bought their MRCA card again this year and together they entered the junior barrels in their favorite rodeos like Austin to Virden! Slade also had an awesome year thanks to Papa’s horse Buster! Slade and Buster even started going to Kirkella with Alistair and he can keep up too. We also brought old Maverick out of retirement and got two slow steers and he is now roping live cattle. The Browns hosted a weekly heel-o-matic night this spring and summer for kids only and they all had a blast feeding off each other. Slade got lots of help from Lonnie and Harley has Ringo tracking the machine through the eye of a needle. Slade and the Brown boys tried their best to wear out their “Shorty steers” every chance they got. (we don’t go far without shorty now). As always we kept our family tradition alive in the old motor home going to rodeos and jackpots with the Browns, Cowans & McGee girls. Slade started his hockey career this past winter and loved it. Taking us to rinks with ice in them instead of dirt! Harley joined the gymnastics team this year in Brandon making for a weekly trip to Brandon. She can be found most days doing cart wheels, flips and the splits. Both also started into 4-H and did their public speaking! Very much a fear for Harley, (Slade was not bothered at all). They both practiced a lot and did extremely well, Slade was the only one under 9 to even do a speech and Harley won locally and moved onto zones! Erin also entered them in the speaking at the Virden Arts Festival. They both took the stage again and once again Harley was asked to move on this time to Provincials. Everyone was very proud of them; for simply getting up on that big stage and trying their best!
No matter if it’s a ranch horse, a futurity prospect or a pony, both 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 surrounding 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. Both Alistair & Erin are very committed to the rodeo and ranching lifestyle and understand it is just that a “lifestyle”. One they are lucky to live.
Kids have also been working on their small business and money skills! It all started when they wanted a puppy that Dad wouldn’t buy. They said if they had their own money they would buy the puppy but how do you get $750 they asked? The two of them hatched a plan; if they could save $280 they could buy 4 piglets and raise them till fall, they could sell them for $1200 and after expenses buy their puppy! They saved all of their birthday money or anything they could get. If Grandpa Willy would give them $10 for a treat on a hockey weekend they were putting $5 into the piggy fund. The pigs arrived this June and they had a little more than enough money. They have really enjoyed all 4 of them; naming them all, training them to lay down when they scratch their bellies and the best part is they have really grown! By sale time they should be sold and I guess you can’t say NO to a puppy after a yearlong plan comes to fruition.
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”. One of those small businesses is real estate! Finally after 5 long years they are proud to introduce “HARLADE ARCES!”. A rural residential multi-lot subdivision.
Hagan Land & Cattle 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 250 British cows, grass their own calves, run around 60 head of horses, operate Hagan hoof trimming tip table business and continue to manage the Wallace-Kirkella municipal pasture. (This is a job which not only does he love but is also a great fit for the horse sale.) This year they also bred 98 home raised heifers. The custom grazing proved to be a challenge again this year with a mixed bag; with 300 breeding heifers, 135 steers and 140 pairs taken in all managed in different pastures it makes for lots of fencing! The hard task of building cross fences to break the pastures up into 40 acre paddocks to best rotate/rest and manage the soil/grass continues. This year with near drought conditions more fence was built in areas had that not been accessible for at least 8 years. They feel they are on track for their goal to be able to graze 1000 steers over and above their own cattle within the next 2 years. Their momma cows were turned to grass March 20th this year at home with the last hay being fed April 10th. They were trailed to their land at the lake May 12th and should stay until November 10th. (or until they decide to strike out for home on their own, which has happened in the past lol)
The barrel racing program continues to move forward in a big way. A money earning own daughter of “Dash Ta Fame” was added to the broodmare band and Merri had an outstanding breeding year in 2017! He got to breed mares from Idaho to B.C and had foals born from B.C to Quebec. He got to breed some of the strongest mares in Canada with some of the best barrel racers in Canada getting his colts. They are very excited about the future of their barrel colt program. There are 7 outstanding “BF Streakin Merridoc” foals to wean this fall and 13 more coming next spring. Erin feels very fortunate to have her own CBHI Super Stakes 4 year old filly “Smudgie” on track for the futurity 2018 season as well as two 3 year old and two 2 year olds picked out for the future. In other big Merri news Erin bred her great mare “Gracie” for a 2018 foal!
Alistair & Erin enjoyed another great rodeo/jackpot season; Quality family/rodeo time and horse promotion. Erin rodeo on Madonna and Rainie this year and Alistair entered both the steer wrestling and the team roping with new partner Matt Campbell this season.
Erin is always anxiously waiting for that bus to roll up to the yard, spending as much time as possible with the kids at her side; taking them to their activities or just hanging out outside going on all sorts of adventures. Huge is the fact that the whole family spent a lot of time together; either a horseback or camping in the motor home. Alistair and Erin both feel that spending time with good friends and family will build lifelong bonds and memories.
Cracking open the gate to the summer pastures was a very exciting moment for Thomas and Felicity this spring. In years past this couple has filled the months of May and June with pairing cows and calves and hauling them approximately 16 miles to their summer grazing paddocks. Having all of their land connected and in one large chunk of 3200 acres, has allowed them to improve the soils with winter bale grazing and rotate a lot more intensively.
Thomas and Felicity are currently breeding roughly 240 cows/heifers and using more of their own genetics along with Pinebank, a closed Angus herd Thomas has been following closely the last few years. They once again bought in a few heifers to add to their home-grown herd and will continue to do this until they reach the herd numbers they are hoping for. Last spring they sold their 6 year old bred cows and will continue to do this year in and year out, pushing heifer development and raising their own bulls. Thomas and Felicity once again took on roughly 200 custom grazing pairs to help them utilize the grass they have.
Moving a house in last October and living with the animals year-round has allowed Thomas to try different grazing techniques and manage the land better than before. Thomas and Felicity focused on fencing different land/grass types into different paddocks this year. This has allowed them to graze and utilize all of their land in a more efficient way. Having bush paddocks for the cows in the hot months of July and August, grazing the high lands and marsh lands separately and stock-piling paddocks for fall and spring grazing. Thomas spends many hours in his “happy place,” out with the cattle, building temporary fence and monitoring the grass and herd health.
Naturally Manitoba is a new venture Thomas and Felicity started this summer. Raising grass-fed cattle, keeping records of vaccination and treatments and eating a healthy diet were things this couple was already doing. They now are offering this to the public and are over-whelmed with the response. Naturally Manitoba has its kills and packaging done at a provincially inspected plant in Virden, Renard’s Meat Services, and continues to work closely with the butchers coming up with new cuts and recipes to offer. Thomas and Felicity offer delivery locations to best serve their clientele and will continue to grow this business with customer demand. Getting their feet-wet this year with 6 pigs, they plan on expanding this and offering the same services with pork. They are currently picking the location of their orchard which will allow them to provide nuts and fruit in the next few years to customers. Naturally Manitoba is a business that both Thomas and Felicity are very excited and passionate about. These two are very aware of nutrition and the health benefits you receive from grass-fed meat and nutrient dense food and are thrilled to be sharing it with others.
Rory is two and busy. He still is a little social butterfly and can’t wait to see any member of the family. He continues to check cows and fix fences, but has recently become more interested in riding, roping and going for quad rides with Papa. Rory loves spending his days outside. The morning starts off with a quick breakfast, followed by putting shoes and a hat on and heading out to feed the pigs. Watching dad rope also seems to be a highlight to the day followed by a trip to the lake to go for a swim and cool off. Thomas and Felicity are really enjoying this stage in parenthood and find Rory’s personality developing more and more every day. As a family they enjoy going to team roping’s, going to the lake and of course hanging out with their friends.
Summer seems to fly by every year, but they do look forward to the winter months when things start to slow down and they can catch up on their Netflix series!!!
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 12 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 fits you as an individual and then stand behind them after the sale.
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