Playful Highbrow CD marked a 222 with owner Walt Erwin in the saddle to win the Open at The Four Sixes/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Eastern National Championships. The $2,881 winner’s share gives Playful Highbrow CD an Equi-Stat record of $34,355.
Erwin and his wife, Sara Erwin, bought Playful Highbrow CD in June 2014 from breeder Jerome Bradford, of Hoschton, Georgia. The now 6-year-old gelding was started by Jonathan Rogers and had been an aged-event finalist several times already when the Erwins bought him. Since then, Erwin and Playful Highbrow CD have carried on with several wins of their own, including the 2014 North Mississippi Cutting Horse Association Quickie Derby Open.
The sire of Playful Highbrow CD is Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Sire High Brow CD (High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD x CD Olena). CD Olena (Doc O’Lena x CD Chica San Badger x Peppy San Badger) won the 1994 NCHA Futurity Open and 1995 NCHA Derby Open with Winston Hansma. CD Olena is an Equi-Stat Elite $15 Million Sire and has maternal grandsire earnings of more than $7 million.
Sweet Little CD is out of Sweet Little Lena by Smart Little Lena. Sweet Little Lena’s dam is Sonscoot by Son O Sugar (Sugar Bars x Leo Pan x Leo). That makes Son O Sugar a full brother to Jewel’s Leo Bar, aka “Freckles,” the sire of Freckles Playboy and Colonel Freckles. The dam of Sonscoot is Miss Tiny by Poco Tivio by Poco Bueno by King P-234. Miss Tiny is out of Tiny Star by King P-234.
The dam of Playful Highbrow CD is Playful Ricochet. Her $84,218 show record includes a Reserve Championship in the 2007 Augusta 4-Year-Old Futurity Open with Sam Shepard in the saddle. Jerome Bradford purchased Playful Ricochet in 2009 from Marvine Ranch LLC.
According to Equi-Stat, Playful Ricochet is the dam of three money-earners, including her No. 1 earner, Playful Highbrow CD. The other two are Playful Spiderman ($7,357), who is also owned by Bradford, and Kiss Me On My Bottom ($10,158).
Playful Ricochet is by Smart Lil Ricochet by Smart Little Lena. Smart Lil Ricochet ($6,348) had his cutting career cut short due to an injury. He is an Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire and has an Equi-Stat record of $2.3 million as a maternal grandsire. The dam of Smart Lil Ricochet is Moria Sugar, who topped the Open semifinals at the 1987 NCHA Futurity and placed sixth in the finals with Mike Haack riding. Moria Sugar produced 35 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)-registered foals, 27 of which have Equi-Stat performance records totaling $938,658.
Moria Sugar is sired by Son O Sugar, which gives Playful Highbrow CD’s pedigree its second cross to that stallion. Moria Sugar’s dam is Stay With Me (Doc O’Lena x Moira Girl x Mora Leo). Moria Sugar and Stay With Me were bred by B.F. Phillips Jr.
Playful Ricochet is out of A Genuine Playgun, who was bred by Jack and Linda Kenney, of Milsap, Texas. A Genuine Playgun has an Equi-Stat record of $59,624. She was shown in the Open by Austin Shepard and then later in the Non-Pro by owner Jerry Yelverton. A Genuine Playgun is the dam of earners of $104,418. Genuine Little Scoot ($19,260) is her second-leading money-winner.
A Genuine Playgun is by Playgun, who is by Freckles Playboy by Jewel’s Leo Bar. A Genuine Playguns dam is Miss Silver Pistol by Doc’s Hickory. Playgun ($186,000) was an aged-event champion or reserve champion 21 times in his career, highlighted by the 1996 Augusta Futurity Open Championship with Jody Gaylean and Non-Pro Championship with Dick Pieper. Playgun is an Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Sire whose daughters have produced earners of more than $5.2 million.
A Genuine Playgun is out of Genuine Desire by Genuine Doc (Doc Bar x Gay Bar’s Gen x Gay Bar King). Genuine Desire ($28,732) was bred and shown by Carol Rose. They won a number of events including the Non-Pro at the 1985 The Non-Pro.
Genuine Desire’s offspring have Equi-Stat records totaling $646,376. Her leading money-winners are Desire Some Freckles ($210,050), winner of the 2001 NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Open, and Playguns Desire ($124,902), winner of the 2001 Brazos Bash Derby Open. Playgun Desire is a full sister to A Genuine Playgun.
The dam of Genuine Desire is Peppy’s Desire, who was the 1975 NCHA Open World Champion with Matlock Rose and 1975 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion with Carol Rose. This was the first time a horse won both the Open and Non-Pro World championships in the same year. Peppy’s Desire is by 1967 NCHA Open World Champion Peppy San and out of Stardust Desire, the 1966 NCHA Open World Champion. They were both owned by Douglas Lake Cattle Company, of British Columbia, Canada, and shown by Matlock.
Interestingly enough, Stardust Desire produced only two foals – Chunky’s Monkey and Peppy’s Desire – and the perpetuation of the line has only gone on through Peppy’s Desire and her foals.
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