Heavy Duty Chex and Moonlite Chex combined to bring home three titles at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), held April 17-24 in Katy, Texas. Both horses were both bred by Hilldale Farms in Brashear, Texas. Tammye Hutton, daughters Jessicah Keller and Sarah Locker and son David Hutton are the people behind Hilldale Farms. Locker and Heavy Duty Chex marked a 225 in the finals of the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro, cementing their second consecutive win. Moonlite Chex and Keller earned two titles, winning the Novice Horse Level 2 Non-Pro and tying for first in the Novice Non-Pro.
Locker and Heavy Duty Chex have been a successful team over the past few years. In addition to their 2015 NRBC win, they made the finals of the 2014 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Non-Pro and 2015 NRHA Derby Non-Pro and were the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Reserve World Champions in Amateur Reining. Heavy Duty Chex’s Equi-Stat record shows that Locker has been in the saddle for the lion’s share of the $93,789 earned by the 2011 stallion, who has also been shown by David Hutton and Casey Deary.
Moonlite Chex is double-registered with the AQHA and the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), where her name is Nu Moonlite Chex. Her Equi-Stat record shows that in 2013 she placed in the finals of the Smokey Mountain Reins Futurity Levels 3 and 2 Open with David Hutton riding. Keller took over in 2015 and together they won the APHA World Championship Show Non-Pro Reining Challenge Championship. Moonlite Chex has earnings of $8,520 including her NRBC monies.
Heavy Duty Chex and Moonlite Chex are sired by Hilldale Farms’ foundation stallion, Nu Chex To Cash.
Nu Chex To Cash is by Nu Cash (Colonel Freckles x Nu Rendition x Nu Bar) and out of Amarilla Chex by Bueno Chex (King Fritz x Sutherland’s Miss x Jodie The Tuff). The dam of Amarilla Chex is Karlye King (Radel King x Doc Bar Laurie x Doc Bar).
Nu Chex To Cash was a proven show horse, earning championships in three associations. He was an NRHA Limited and Intermediate Open World Champion, a Palomino Horse Breeders Association World Champion in reining and working cow horse and the 1999 AQHA High-Point Reining Horse and Working Cow Horse. He earned 379.5 AQHA points, and his Equi-Stat record reflects earnings of $65,654 in reining and reined cow horse.
Nu Chex To Cash is an Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Dollar sire. His foals include NRHA Open Futurity champions Wimpys Little Step ($203,865) and Lil Joe Cash ($279,077). Some of his other major winners are Big Chex To Cash ($219,265), Hot Smokin Chex ($188,821), NMSU Truckin Chex ($185,329), Nu Chexomatic ($148,430) and Night Deposit Chex ($111,181).
The dam of Heavy Duty Chex and Moonlite Chex is an unshown mare named Rondas Tio. This 1992 mare was purchased by Charlie Hutton, Tammye’s ex-husband, for the Hilldale broodmare band in 1999. She was purchased at a sale in Reno, Nevada, from her breeders Sylvan and Barbara Williamson, of Eagle, Idaho. Charlie bought the mare because he liked her short cannon bones and low-set hocks.
The sire of Rondas Tio was Teninolena Badger (Peppy San Badger x Teninolena x Doc O’Lena), who was bred by King Ranch. Teninolena Badger has lifetime earnings of $15,717 and was shown by several members of the Williamson family, including Sylvan, Toby, Wyatt, Boe and Mikianna. His biggest paycheck came as a finalist in the 1991 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open.
As a sire, Teninolena Badger has an offspring record of $229,230, according to Equi-Stat. His leading money-winners include Teninolena Shay ($77,582), Teninolenas Angel ($38,686), Shay Mon Tenino ($31,122) and Lena La Badger ($28,745).
Rondas Tio is out of Docs Ronda, a 1979 mare by Doc’s Rickashay (Doc’s Dee Bar x Ricka Tina x Ricky Taylor) and out of Miss Yucca Cee (Yucca Marion x Cindy Cee x Baldy C). Docs Ronda was also unshown and was bred by Sylvan and Barbara Williamson. She is the dam of two money-earners, including Rondalena ($22,228). Rondalena is an AQHA Superior Reining Horse and a full brother to Rondas Tio.
Rondas Tio has been a productive mare for Hilldale Farms. She has 10 foals with a total Equi-Stat offspring record of $167,281. Her other foals by Nu Chex To Cash are: Teninolena Chex ($29,040), winner of the Dixie Reining Horse Association Triple Crown/Dorminy Plantation Futurity; Rondalena Chex ($9,643), winner of the Carolina Classic Derby Non-Pro; Chex Olena Badger ($10,152); and Ten Chex To Cash ($9,129).
The addition of Rondas Tio to the Hilldale Farms’ broodmare band turned out to be a good investment and one that is having a lasting impact on the Hutton family’s breeding program and show records.
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