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It's All Wight

The Wight family ranches together, and shows together.
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By Ranch Horse Journal editor Andrea Caudill

For many kids, getting up at 6 or 7 a.m. on a horse show morning is the earliest they’ll be up all summer.

But for the Wight siblings? It’s practically a vacation. 

Stella and Fred Wight and their four children – 19-year-old twins Abigail and Thomas, 13-year-old Luke and 10-year-old Grace – ranch in West Texas, near the city of Andrews. They also help neighbors, and stay very busy. 

“This month of June, we’ve worked nearly every day,” Abigail says. “A day starts off about 3 a.m., we feed and saddle horses. Then we have breakfast at 5 or 6 a.m. and whoever we’re working for that day’s house. Then we go gather cattle, sort, brand and all that good stuff. It’s a really good way to spend your summer.” 

They’re taking a break this week to show at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships. Competing in amateur is Abigail, aboard Wild Haired Poco, and Thomas aboard Scoots Lil Patty. Luke is showing in youth aboard Yankees San Badger. 

“I enjoy (showing versatility) because our horses are prepared for it, because of what we do on the ranch,” Abigail says. “I’ve been showing versatility for about two years. I showed in 4-H stock classes before that, and a little bit of cutting. I enjoy the versatility. It just suits our horses really well. I enjoy the cow and the cutting best.”

Luke likes the trail. 

"It's a good challenge," he says.

Their dad and younger sister also often show at events with them, while mom provides expert grooming services. 

At home, the family raises Hereford and Hereford-Angus crosses on their cow-calf operation. The kids’ aunt and uncle also live on the ranch and operate a grass-fed beef operation. The kids, who are homeschooled, are all well-spoken and clearly passionate about their ranching lifestyle – from the pre-dawn ride out, to flanking calves at the morning branding, to starting colts in the cool of the evening.  

“All summer we work and play cowboy,” Thomas says. “There’s six of us, so it takes quite a few good ranch horses.”

All three of the horses they’re showing are mares intended for the family’s broodmare band. Wild Haired Poco is 7-year-old daughter of Wild Haired Cat and out of the Peppys Perana Doc mare Miss Pocono Peppy. Scoots Lil Patty is a 10-year-old by Smart Lil Scoot and out of the Dynamite Badger mare Pattys Lil Mite. Yankees San Badger is a 9-year-old by Spot Of Crimson Cash and out of the Hickory San Bravo mare Hickoryetta 101. 

Abigail and Thomas are attending college at Eastern New Mexico State (“We’ve got each other’s backs,” Abigail says), with Abigail going for pre-vet and Thomas for computer science. Their tall little brother is only a few years behind. 

They’re looking forward to getting back to the ranch full time – and enjoying their horses and family the entire time. No matter what time of day it is.

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