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Farewell to Lizzys Gotta Player

LizzysGottaPlayer KathyDaughn MALizzys Gotta Player & Kathy Daughn • Photo by Midge AmesThe 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.