The Western performance horse world lost the great sire Lizzys Gotta Player on May 12 due to complications from colic surgery.
At the time of his death, the 10-year-old Oxbow Ranch-bred stallion was owned by Tim Drummond, of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. The highest-earning son out of the Doc O’Lena mare Lizzielena was by Equi-Stat Elite $28 Million Sire Freckles Playboy.
During his career as a cutting horse, Lizzys Gotta Player amassed $107,605 in earnings. His accomplishments included winning the 4-Year-Old Open at the 1999 Bonanza Cutting, where he added $19,004 to his record with Terry Riddle in the saddle. That same year, Lizzys Gotta Player made successful appearances in other limited-age events, including the Augusta Futurity and Classic, and Las Vegas Cutting Horse Association Futurity. Altogether, he garnered $43,742 as a 4-year-old. Later in his career, he was named the 2004 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Champion Stallion.
Lizzys Gotta Player’s 62 money-earning offspring have earned a combined total of $1,933,798, mostly in cutting, pushing him to the cusp of becoming an Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Sire. The majority of the mares he was crossed successfully with are daughters of Docs Stylish Oak (Doc’s Oak x Docs Stylish x Doc’s Prescription).
Five of Lizzys Gotta Player’s offspring have earned more than $100,000, all in cutting. My Lizzy Babe (out of Moms Stylish Babe x Docs Stylish Oak), a mare bred by Drummond Land and Cattle Company, is his No. 1 performer, with an Equi-Stat record of $165,228. His second-highest-earning performer is 5-year-old Dizzy Lizzy Girl (out of Snorty Girl x Snorty Lena), with $158,008 in earnings. She was bred by Bill Masterson, of Guthrie, Texas. His highest-earning son is the Tim Drummond-bred gelding Sir Stylish Lizzy (out of Stylish Sharon x Docs Stylish Oak), with $134,515 earned according to Equi-Stat.
The reaches of his quality genetics extend beyond the cutting arena. Lizzys Play Girl (out of Lil Stylish Jewel x Docs Stylish Oak), who has earned $52,814, is the stallion’s only offspring to earn money in both cutting and reined cow horse. Lizzys Gotta Player also has four offspring who have earned a total of $1,332 in barrel racing.
Lizzys Gotta Player’s legacy will live on through his progeny. His daughter Lizzys Got Style (out of Legacy Of Style x Docs Stylish Oak) has produced two money-earning offspring that have amassed a combined total of $31,057 in cutting. As the generations continue, the mark Lizzys Gotta Player has left on the Western performance horse industry will only continue to expand.