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Name That Colt, Part 2

Posted on: June 17th, 2010 by R.W. Hampton 11 Comments

Well, everyone, after a great amount of family discussion, several rounds of elimination and a couple of serious games of rock-paper-scissors, we have narrowed it down to the final three colt names for you to vote on!!!!

We want to thank everyone for ALL the great suggestions! We had almost 250 names suggested for us to consider! We had to eliminate some good ones as they were already taken by current or previous members of our “pet family” or horse herd, and some will be considered when it comes time to register him formally. These final three all seem to fit his personality and we will be thrilled to go with the one that gets the most votes!

#1 – Butler (suggested by Eddie Lanham). This was the name of General Wade Hampton’s favorite horse that he rode into battle – including being ridden in the battle of Gettysburg. R.W. says, “Now, you talk about a broke horse! I’ll bet he was something else.”

#2 – Choco (suggested by Marsha McCleary). We all liked the names associated with chocolate as it is sweet, rich and loved by all of us; and this colt looks like he’s gonna be a smooth solid brown. It didn’t hurt that anything chocolate is R.W.’s personal choice when grabbing a midnight snack! This version of “chocolate” is unique and fun and has a nice ring to it.

#3 – Roscoe (suggested by several folks). Our friends had a big black gelding who was gentle, but full of personality. He died this spring peacefully of old age, after having been around long enough to have helped several of the kids in these parts learn to ride and develop a deep love for horses. We include this name in honor of Roscoe and the fun that he symbolizes to us.

Please cast your vote using the poll on the upper right hand side of this page. The poll is now open. The poll is now closed. Vote for your favorite name before midnight, June 23 and help us pick this little guy a name he can grow into!

Mother and colt

All the best from R.W., Lisa and the rest of the Clearview Ranch family!

Name That Colt!

Posted on: June 7th, 2010 by R.W. Hampton 80 Comments

Well, friends, I’m here today to ask for some help: our newest Clearview Ranch baby needs a name!

That’s right. Lisa, the boys and I can’t seem to agree on any name that fits this little fella. So we’re gonna leave it up to you.

Take a look at the video here and give us your idea for a name for this new colt.

Leave your suggested name for the colt in the “Comments” section below before midnight on Saturday, June 12 MT.

We’ll gather all the names folks have submitted via this blog, on Facebook, and through Twitter. Lisa, Danner, Ethan and I will pick the three suggested names the family likes the best. These three names will become the official “finalists” of our name search.

Next week, all my fans can vote for whichever of the three names they like the most. The name receiving the greatest number of votes is the one we’ll name the colt.

It’s gonna be interesting to see what we all come up with in this little “name game,” so join in and let’s have us some fun!!

P.S. The colt’s parents’ names are Ms. Molly Freckles, and Sport N Bet, a Bet Your Blue Boons stud. We like CV A Solid Bet or CV Bet on Me for AQHA, but that barn name has escaped us!

** It is with great sadness that we unexpectedly lost our colt Chaco this past February 2012.  He had turned into a really neat colt with a fantastic attitude and willingness to be handled.   We want to thank everyone who helped to name him and we were honored to be able to share his antics on youtube.com and here at the ranch with so many who also fell in love with him.  

The Start of Something New

Posted on: April 19th, 2010 by R.W. Hampton 8 Comments

Welcome to the start of something new.

As with most things new, it’s a humble start. I say that because I’m writing this not from my ranch office, but rather while I’m sitting on an overturned five-gallon bucket in our corral.

Why? Because one of our mares is going to give birth (or “foal,” as we say) at any time! So I’m here, purely in an advisory capacity this evening, to make sure everything goes as nature planned. It seems fitting, though, that while ol’ Molly is working on something new, so am I. And while I have no idea what kind of colt she’ll raise or what it will become, I’m just as unsure what my little “blog” will grow up to be.

It’s kind of exciting every now and then to head up a new trail just to see where it goes. Well, that’s what I’m doing here and I’d consider it an honor if you’d see fit to come along.

I’m gonna call my “baby” Notes From Clearview Ranch. See, my home, Clearview, sits at an elevation of well over 6000 feet. Looking north and west and south, I stand in the shadows of the mesas and snow capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains. To the east, I look out across an endless rolling prairie that I can best describe as an ocean of grass. So this “big” view gives me a unique perspective. Certainly it’s not the only view, but it is my view.

That’s sort of what I want to do with this blog; give you my perspective or view on the everyday things we all deal with in life. It certainly won’t be the only view, and may not be your view, but it will be uniquely mine.

So there you have it. Notes from Clearview Ranch is born today. As for Molly the mare’s baby? I’m still waiting!