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 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!!!
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! They finally got their new house! It’s made for a busy summer but it’s all worth it now. It was sad to see the 1976 house trailer leave, it was a wonderful home but after 17 years it was time for more room. The kids simply refuse to quit growing up; this fall Harley Mae started her first year of junior high rodeo!! She is now in Grade 6 and she absolutely loved her first 5 rodeos. Harley still rides the infamous “Ringo” all the time ranching, running barrels and he is now her Goat tying mount but she did move up to (and Claim her mother’s horse) “Rainie” this year. Harley and Rainie have become a great team, they have been entering the Jr barrel racing all summer at the rodeos and even won her very first buckle this fall. Erin and Harley went all summer to the Six shooter series and at the end of the series Harley was the Jr barrel champion. Harley loves school and spending time with both her school friends and her rodeo friends. Harley also joined the “competitive” gymnastics team this year and will be getting to travel around to gymnastics competitions all winter. Most days she can be found on the trampoline or just doing cart wheels, flips and the splits.
Slade man (now in Grade 3) had an awesome winter of hockey; taking us to rinks with ice in them instead of dirt and is looking forward to playing again this winter. Slade spent a pile of time riding his trusty mount “Buster” and even got to heel his very first calf out in the pasture this summer. When Slade isn’t riding he is usually asking if someone will take him fishing, hunting gophers or shooting targets; he is a true blue outdoorsman at heart.
Both kids are very active having all sorts of adventures together on the ranch and love spending time with their cousin Rory. Both Harley and Slade took the Browns kids roping clinic this summer and Harley really enjoyed getting a chance to take a Rebecca Beebe clinic this year as well. Slade got a tying dummy and has even been flanking and tying some smaller calves working on becoming a calf roper.
As always we kept our family tradition alive in the old motor home going to rodeos and jackpots with the Browns, Cowan’s & McGee girls but also managed to get a non rodeo family trip in. We all went to a family wedding in Cranbrook B.C and the kids got to see the mountains for the first time! We had a great visit with extended family and even went Zip lining.
Another new addition to the family is “Annie” our corgi puppy. The Kids had their own money from selling their pigs last fall so after a long wait little Annie arrived in February and is now the boss of the ranch. What a great reward for the kids 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”. 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. One of those small businesses is real estate and this was the first summer Alistair and Erin did not have any other houses to fix up or subdivisions to do. They are very proud to own and offer for sale lots in their very own rural residential multi-lot subdivision “HARLADE ARCES” just east of Virden along number 1 highway.
They also still own and operate Hagan hoof trimming tip table business as well as continuing to manage the Wallace-Kirkella municipal pasture. (This is a job which not only does Alistair love but is also a great fit for the horse sale.) The couple again ran a custom grazing business as well this year taking in an additional 200 + steers and 200 pairs. Grazing management proved to be a challenge with drought conditions and drying up dugouts, with 5 different herds to manage all in different pastures it made 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.
They also had a growing year again in the cattle business adding more bred heifers and will move into winter with a herd of 450 British cows. This year they also bought a beautiful set of heifers to breed on top of their own from the Cowan family and will be offering them for sale in December. They grassed all of their own calves and run around 60 head of horses. They feel they are on track for their grazing goals and feel the fence building may start to slow down in the next couple years.
The barrel racing program continues to move forward in a big way. A second money earning own daughter of “Dash Ta Fame” was added to the broodmare band and Merri had another outstanding breeding year in 2018! Jane Corey has been winning on her Merri baby “Straws” and Erin is hauling her own Merri baby to futurities. 2018 also marked the first breeding season for the new home raised buckskin stallion “Hagans Smooth Kruzin”; Mannie is an own son of the legendary A Smooth Guy and out of Erin’s great mare Kruz. It made for a very busy breeding season with semen going from Quebec to BC. Merri once again got to breed some of the strongest mares in the country with some of the best barrel racers in Canada getting his foals. They are very excited about the future of their barrel program. There are 13 outstanding “BF Streakin Merridoc” foals to wean this fall and 13 more coming next spring as well as the first 5 Mannie babies. Erin feels very fortunate to have her Merri babies and looks forward to campaigning Mannie in the years to come.
Alistair & Erin enjoyed another great rodeo/jackpot season; Quality family/rodeo time and horse promotion. Erin rodeoed on Madonna again this year and Alistair entered both the steer wrestling and the team roping with partner Matt Campbell this season.
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. The thing Erin and Alistair are most proud of is the fact that they spend a lot of time together as a family.
Life is busy for us with a three year old, but we wouldn’t change it for the world. Over the past few months, Rory has decided to live and breath the cowboy lifestyle. He wakes up in the morning in his jeans, western shirt, hat, belt and buckle, puts his boots on and heads out with his dad to check cows. This has been a very proud moment for us to see our son interested and loving the ranch life as much as we do!
It was a long cold winter, but we made the most of it. We spent many evenings skating with friends and watching a hockey game or two. We once again rode at the local indoor riding arena at King’s Crossing and Felicity enjoyed many late nights riding with the girls, it is questionable how much riding actually takes place! Thomas took this years sale horses and roped the heel-0-matic and did some box work to get them ready for the summer months.
Once again this year we bought in about 130 heifers to breed along with our own. We continue to seek out fertility and push low-input genetics. We took on 200 pairs of custom grazers and AI’d some of our cows for the first time. This was a great experience and is definitely one we will look at doing again. We continue to sell our 6 year old cows every spring and replace them with these bred heifers.
Last year was our first year in the pig business and we enjoyed it so much that we kept 3 sows and bred them. Suddenly we went from 3 pigs to 32 in a hurry!!!! This was a very exciting time at our ranch as we had piglets running everywhere, whether it was Rory or our dog Hank chasing them around the yard. Someone once told us you can be in the pig business in a hurry and they were not wrong!!!
Naturally Manitoba continues to grow. We continue to kill roughly 6-8 grass-fed beef a year and will be introducing pasture raised pork this year. Through the local conservation office we planted 3 miles of trees this spring. They ranged from pine trees, to nut trees, to fruit bushes. As they begin to mature and produce we are hoping to offer these items through Naturally Manitoba as well. We will continue to plant trees and bushes for this purpose and also help diversity our plant species on our ranch. Bees are a new addition this year. We had 2 local farmers put hives on our ranch and look forward to the benefits this will create. This year clover was growing strong and one farmer said he has got the best yields yet!! Honey is something we would like to offer to our customers and feel we can create a great working relationship with these farmers to do that. But lets not forget about the chickens!!! It began one evening while roping at Cathy and Duncan Campbells place when Duncan took Rory to the barn and gave him 2 chicks. Thomas’s mobile chicken coop was still in the construction stage, so we quickly completed it. Two wasn’t enough so Thomas and Rory headed to a neighbours place and purchased 5 more. Fresh eggs have been a treat for us and we look forward to growing this operation.
This summer was once again filled with fencing, rotating cattle and ropings. Just when we think we have enough cross fences, plans change and a few more need to go up. We are slowly going around all the old barbed wire fences and replacing them with hi-tensile. Thomas continues to move our cattle anywhere from daily moves to 5 day moves. We are noticing an increase in grass production where we have grazed areas for short periods of time and given it the adequate rest period. Thomas continues to enter some of the local team ropings. These are a wonderful family event that we all enjoy and gives us time to take a break from the hustle of ranch life.
This year we took our first family holiday. Thomas’s cousin got married at the end of July just outside of Cranbrook, B.C. We convoyed out there with the whole Hagan family and stayed in a relaxing campsite in the mountains with the rest of the family. We did a little site seeing while we were there, but swimming in the blue lakes and hanging out with cousins, aunts and uncles took up the majority of our time. We returned home on a Monday and then headed to
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.
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