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Cutting Great Spots Hot Sells

spotshotSunrise Ranch LLC, Fayetteville, Ark., announced the purchase of Spots Hot. John Walker, owner of Sunrise Ranch, purchased the cutting horse stallion on April 3. Spots Hot is a 2001 sorrel (Chula Dual x Sweet Shorty Lena x Shorty Lena), with $529,435 in lifetime earnings. Spots Hot was trained and shown by Wesley Galyean, Claremore, Okla., and bred by Jody Galyean, Ardmore, Okla.

Spot was a significant force in the sport of cutting, winning the 2004 NCHA Open Futurity Championship. By the time Spots Hot retired, he had seven major aged event Championships, six major Reserve Championships and was a finalist 22 times. Spots Hot was inducted into the NCHA Horse Hall of Fame in 2009.

With a very limited number of foals showing in only three foal crops, he has quickly become a leading sire. Of the top 50 sires in the cutting industry according to Equi-Stat, he is the leading sire by average for three consecutive years, having an NCHA Open Futurity finalist in all three of his first foal crops. Offspring earnings to date are $852,532.

“We are extremely excited about Spot and feel like he will do a great job complimenting the broodmare band we have been able to assemble over the last few years,” said Chad Vanlandingham, ranch manager of Sunrise Ranch.  Sunrise Ranch owns such top broodmares as Playin Tag, Kitty Catalac, Smokin Pepto, Amanda Stargun, Stylin Playgirl, and Quejanapep, just to name a few.

Starting April 4, 2012 Spots Hot will be standing at Don Ham Quarter Horses, 28707 US Highway 82, Sadler, TX 903/564-5599. Spots Hot will begin his breeding career with Sunrise Ranch with introductory stud fee of $3,500. Daughters of High Brow Cat and his leading sons will receive special consideration of $2,500.

“This is a bitter sweet day for me and my wife, Kristen,” said Wes Galyean, “but after being presented with this unique opportunity, we feel this is a great move for Spot and his future. Spot will always hold a very special place in my heart and will be dearly missed! I will always believe in Spot and will continue to support him. He is such an amazing talent, I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to have raised, trained, shown and now jump started the breeding career of this amazing individual. I’ve always known in my heart he would become the leading sire he is today.”

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