Great Resolve, a.k.a. Einstein, died Thursday, Jan. 2, due to complications from colic surgery. Though he will be greatly missed, his legacy will continue to thrive throughout the horse industry even in his absence.
During a successful show career, Einstein earned more than $139,000. With Tim McQuay in the saddle, he was an Open finalist in the 2000 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and 2001 NRHA Derby. Teaming up with Duane Latimer in 2002, Einstein was an Open finalist in the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA Derby.
Einestein (Great Red Pine x Silversnow Pinestep x Greyhound Step) sired 91 money-earners who earned a total of nearly $1 million, according to Equi-Stat. Bred by Randy Hamilton, of Prosperity, Pa., Einstein was the 26th stallion to join the NRHA Million Dollar Sire ranks in November 2013.
Einstein’s top-earning son is Einsteins Revolution, out of Fly Flashy Jac, by Boggies Flasy Jac. Owned by Wagner & Vandorp, the 2002 stallion was the first horse to cross over the $300,000 NRHA earnings mark, thanks to performances such as his 2006 NRBC Open win with Shawn Flarida. He has an Equi-Stat record of nearly $350,000. Einsteins Revolution is an up-and-coming young sire in the reining horse industry, and was the Equi-Stat No. 3 Junior Reining Stallion in 2013.
Einstein’s second highest-earning offspring, with an Equi-Stat record of more than $338,700, is Great Sun Burst, out of Docs Sun Burst, by Docs Sidewinder, and owned by 23 Quarter Horses. Great Sun Burst was the 2010 and 2011 NRHA Open World Champion and the 2012 NRHA Non-Pro World Champion.
“Einstein was probably one of the most sweetest, gentlest and good-hearted studs I’d ever been around,” said Einstein’s owner, Bridgette Lanham. “He was always happy, no matter what.”
When the time came for Lanham to find a stud to breed to her mares, Lanham knew which horse she wanted from the start. She purchased Einstein in 2004 from Pontisso Enterprises Inc. of Italy.
“I decided that if I was going to own a stud, it was going to be Einstein,” she said. “He made a lot of people’s dreams come true, not just mine. People reached milestones in their careers because of Einstein. He was truly a once-in-a-lifetime animal. I was very fortunate to have owned him.”
Einstein will be buried at Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction, in Valley View, Texas, where he stood for many years.