NRCHA Welcomes Two New Million Dollar Sires

wr-this-cats-smartWR This Cats Smart • Cam Essick photoThe National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) continues to add the names of exceptional stallions to its Million Dollar Sire list, proudly welcoming WR This Cats Smart and Gallo Del Cielo as the two newest members of this elite group. Foals by these two stallions have broken the seven-figure earnings mark in the reined cow horse arena, making them the 15th and 16th horses to achieve NRCHA Million Dollar Sire status.

WR This Cats Smart (High Brow Cat x The Smart Look x Smart Little Lena), a 1999 stallion bred by Wiens Ranch Co., of Sedalia, Colorado, and owned since 2004 by Wagonhound Land and Livestock, of Douglas, Wyoming, began his performance career in the National Cutting Horse Association arena. The fancy sorrel earned $236,514 in cutting and was a finalist at 24 major aged events, including winning the 2005 NCHA Open World Finals Show Championship under leading cutting horse professional Tim Smith, who described the stallion as, “A star all the way – so very smart and stylish.”

WR This Cats Smart’s first foal crop arrived in 2005. He has sired 968 American Quarter Horse Association-registered offspring. His foals quickly proved their abilities in multiple performance arenas, earning more than $6.1 million in all disciplines, primarily cutting. Eighty-seven foals by WR This Cats Smart contributed to his NRCHA Million Dollar Sire status, winning a total of $1,080,082 in reined cow horse.

WR This Cats Smart has been bred to some of the reined cow horse industry’s finest mares, including leading NRCHA dam and Hall of Fame inductee Smoke Time Tuck (Doc Tom Tucker x Ima Smoke x Mr Fools Smoke). One foal from that particular cross, 2007 gelding Tuckers Smart Cat, is WR This Cats Smart’s top NRCHA money-earner, with more than $150,000 and a Supreme Reined Cow Horse designation on his resume. 

Other top cow horses by WR This Cats Smart include 2008 stallion Sinful Cat (out of Sinful Playgirl x Freckles Playboy), an earner of $102,258; 2008 gelding TF The Gus Man (out of Classy Remedy x Tangys Classy Peppy), who has earned $83,748; Halo Cat (out of Stylin Jewel x Docs Stylish Oak), with $76,729 in NRCHA earnings; Camilla The Cat (out of Bit Of Starlight x Grays Starlight), an earner of $73,860; and 2012 mare Shine Smarter (out of Shiney Tari x Shining Spark), who has earned $69,305.

gallo-del-cieloGallo Del Cielo, aka “Rooster” • John Brasseaux photoThe other new NRCHA Million Dollar Sire, Gallo Del Cielo (Peppy San Badger x Doc Starlight x Doc Bar), also known as “Rooster,” died following an Aug. 20, 2015 accident, but he left an indelible impact on the entire Western performance horse industry.

Foaled in 1989, the bay stallion was bred by Harold “Spook” Stream III, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and owned by the Polo Ranch Stallions, of Marietta, Oklahoma. His own show career was brief. He competed only as a 4-year-old, winning $28,438 in cutting.

Rooster’s defining role would be as a sire, and his foals achieved greatness in multiple arenas. Though Rooster was trained as a cutter, his offspring demonstrated a particular flair for reining, making Rooster a $3 Million Sire status in the National Reining Horse Association.  His more than 500 performing foals have earned in excess of $5.8 million across all disciplines. In the NRCHA, 112 Rooster offspring have combined earnings of $1,010,778.

The top reined cow horse sired by Rooster is 1999 stallion Roo Star (out of Anna Paulena x Doc O’Lena), with $79,354 earned. He is followed by 2005 stallion Son Shining Rooster (out of Shining Zanzee x Shining Spark), who has won $62,231; 1996 mare Roosters Chicaroo (out of Meerly Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena), with $60,150; Sheza Roo (out of Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark), with $57,641; and Roosters Hickory (out of Hickorys Red Rey x Doc’s Hickory), with $45,417.

Both NRCHA Million Dollar Sires will be formally recognized with a special Carol Owens bronze trophy in honor of their achievements at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.