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general manager. Art was an acknowledged authority on Santa Gertrudis, having been a fi eld inspector for Santa Gertrudis Breeders International during the association’s formative years, and they ran as many as 2,000 cows. One of the benefi ts was proximity to Bob Kleberg of the King Ranch, famous for his understanding of genetics and advancing his family’s cattle and horse programs. Art shared Kleberg’s keen interest in pedigrees. He also had a keen eye for conformation and understanding form to function. In addition to the Santa Gertrudis, around 1980 the owners of San Jose Cattle Company entered the horse breeding business, with the dual focus of cutting and Quarter Horse racing. Art enthusiastically took the lead in managing those ventures, too. He’d had a horse habit his whole life. Art roped competitively as well as showed, and as soon as his daughter, Dedra, and Wes were toddlers, he had them involved. Wes rode with the cowboys on the ranch and roped with them for fun in the evenings. He and Dedra showed in 4-H and AQHA shows – halter, showmanship, pleasure, horsemanship, reining, trail – they did it all. Art and his wife, Frances, had both worked for the Texas A&M Extension Service, which promoted 4-H as well as summer horsemanship camps the kids attended. Christmas 1983, when Art gave Miss Silver Pistol, concluded a good year, horse-wise, for the Shahans. The San Jose Cattle Company’s homebred fi lly Meganette had won the biggest race of the year, The Rainbow Futurity, in Ruidoso, New Mexico. And young Wes had just returned from his fi rst NCHA Futurity for three-year-old cutting horses in Fort Worth. By design, none of the horses could have competed anywhere else before, which added to the interest. The 17-year-old and his homebred fi lly competed in the Open and had an impressive fi rst go. It stoked his desire to return, even though it would be two more years before Miss Silver Pistol would be eligible. The fi lly’s mother, Pistol Lady 2 Be, had been part of the Shahan family as long as Wes, then a senior in high school. She’d been his dad’s favorite roping horse. Her sire, King’s Pistol, was the 1957 NCHA World Champion -- ancient history to Wes, but Art had known the son of Leo well. Her dam was from the Pitchfork Ranch and her pedigree might have seemed behind the times, too, but Shahan didn’t care. The old grey mare was 20 when Art bred her to Doc’s Hickory to produce Miss Silver Pistol. The Doc Bar son was a current leading sire of futurity horses, but his paternity came with a Does your horse like the taste of apples? His instinct tells him he is an Equimax® Horse! Who knew an apple flavor can be a game changer in the deworming fight? Equimax® is palatable and makes it easy to administer the full dose. So you are sure to treat your horse effectively each time. For more information, visit our websites bimedaequine.com and equimaxhorse.com. Consult your Veterinarian to determine the best deworming program for your horse. FOR ORAL USE IN HORSES 4 WEEKS OF AGE AND OLDER. EQUIMAX® (ivermectin/praziquantel) Paste should not be used in other animal species as severe adverse reactions, including fatalities in dogs, may result. Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Swelling and itching reactions after treatment with ivermectin paste have occurred in horses carrying heavy infections of neck threadworm (Onchocerca sp. microfilariae), most likely due to microfilariae dying in large numbers. Not for use in humans. Ivermectin and ivermectin residues may adversely affect aquatic organisms, therefore dispose of product appropriately to avoid environmental contamination. Trademarks belong to their respective owners. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 109


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