The does are all bred and it's time to ready the ranch for winter. The Gold Country 4H group had a great run at the Gold Country Fair this year. Our awards were Grand Champion Market Goat, Grand and Reserve Champion Doe, 1st and 2nd Senior Showmanship, 2nd Junior Showmanship, 1st Novice Showmanship, Herdsman Award, Pen of 3, 1st and 3rd place Futurity, Bred and Owned Doe, Best Pair, 4H High Point.
Great job group!
Our animals were honored to be a part of the December, 2010-2011 "Road to Bethlehem" nativity display at Combie Church. Jerusalem our donkey, our cow, Annabelle, and two sheep and two goats have been stationed at the various drive-by scenes depicting the story of the arrival of Jesus, our Saviour.
Placer County Fair 2010
Feeder Goat Competition
Here we are at the Loomis Eggplant Festival in October 2009
In 2010, Sweet Home Ranch received about three inches of snow in early December. Due to unusually low temperatures, the snow hung around for three days. We enjoyed it immensely in spite of going without electricity for 24 hours
(our T-top woodstove was sure a blessing).
Our 'wild and crazy boys,' Angus and Pinzy.
'Well what are you waiting for?
You rang the dinner bell. Feed us!'
Savvy, our APHA, 5 year old mare under saddle at the walk/trot/canter.
Georgia, a.k.a "Fairest in the Land", our 5 year old, APHA mare working out in the arena.
Her specialty: Western Pleasure
Some of our lovely farm fresh eggs
----BEST of DIVISION----
PLACER COUNTY FAIR 2010
Our guard Llama, Bruister, spies a possible threat to Maisey and her two kids. Whether a threat is real or just imagined, a llama is ever watchful over his charges in the pasture.
"Jerusalem", our miniature donkey, is not used as a guard animal because he plays much too rough with the goats and sheep. Instead, he hangs out with Georgia and Savvy, our young paint mares who are part of the Gold Country 4H horse project.
A Donkey Specialty: rolling around
"Springer" our Cotswald/Shetland lamb
"Goose" our shetland sheep so-named for the fiesty bird who is said to have "cropped" her ear when she was just a lamb. Goose has an amazingly beautiful, soft fleece.
"Pilgrim" is in charge of protecting our goat mamas and babies-he sure loves the kid goats.
"Indy" our Corgi as a youngster
Indy as a mature Corgi mimmicking her stuffed bear.
"Koda" our standard poodle pup
Call Ducks Abby and Bubbles
Our Golden Sex-link laying hens
Beautiful eggs from farm to table