Boomernic, a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Sire, passed away on Feb. 28 while in surgery to remove a stone that ruptured his small intestine, according to owners Michael and Michelle Miola at Silver Spurs Equine in Cave Creek, Ariz.
Bred by Tom Fox, of Bakersfield, Calif., the 1989 stallion won the 1992 NRHA Futurity Open. His NRHA Hall of Fame announcement from 2011 stated: “His appearance in the NRHA Futurity show pen is still talked about today as a departure from the East Coast style of reining horse. Boomernic was a product of the West Coast, a bridled-up reining style that made reiners sit up and take notice.”
Boomernic, by Reminic, an NRHA Million Dollar Sire, and out of Docs Leavem Smoke by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Mr Gun Smoke, earned $113,328 during his career. When Boomernic entered the breeding shed, people took even more notice. He achieved NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2006 and, as of March 3, had offspring earnings of $1,873,157, according to Equi-Stat.
Boomernic’s leading money-earner is 2004 stallion Boom Shernic, who earned $278,281 while winning the 2010 National Reining Breeder’s Classic (NRBC) Derby Open and finishing second in the 2010 NRHA Derby Open. Boom Shernic carries on the legacy of his sire at Silver Spurs Equine. Other top Boomernic offspring include: Commanders Nic ($258,815); Mr Boomerjac ($141,687), sire of NRHA Futurity Open Champion Taris Designer Genes; Peek A Boom ($99,261), and many other money-earners in reining, reined cow horse, cutting and ranch versatility.
According to Michael Miola, Boomernic was buried at the ranch in Arizona. A life-size bronze statue is being sculpted in his honor.