When Russell Dilday and Topsails Rien Maker won their third World’s Greatest Horseman title in 2011, they cemented their place in the annals of reined cow horse history as a legendary team. The recent loss of Topsails Rien Maker brings an end to the saga of this great team, but not to the legend of Topsails Rien Maker, one of the most versatile horses to grace the performance arena.
other titles included the 2008 and 2011 National Stock Horse Association’s World’s Richest Stock Horse Championship, and 2004 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open Hackamore World Championship. Up until February 2016, he was the all-time leading money-winning reined cow horse with earnings of $371,472. Olena Oak surpassed that mark with his win in the World’s Greatest Horseman under Ron Emmons.In addition to his World’s Greatest wins, Topsails Rien Maker’s overall show record solidifies his status as a legend. Some of his
Topsails Rien Maker was bred by the Stellato Revocable Trust, of Redding, California, and foaled in 1999. He was owned by a number of people including Dana Roulet, Ward Ranch and Kevin Cantrelle. In 2004, Cantrelle and Dilday formed the partnership that would remain until the stallion’s death, which was due to kidney failure.
The sire of Topsails Rien Maker was Topsail Cody, who won the 1980 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open and was the 1981 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Champion in Junior Reining. Topsail Cody went on to become an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire. His foals include Topsail Whiz, the No. 1 sire of reining horses, according to Equi-Stat.
Topsail Cody is by Joe Cody, an AQHA Champion and trained cutting horse who became an NRHA Hall of Fame sire. Joe Cody is by Bill Cody, a King Ranch-bred stallion who was a noted halter horse, earning the first AQHA Honor Roll Halter Horse title in 1952. Bill Cody was also successfully shown in roping. Joe Cody’s dam is Taboo, who is by King P-234, a great sire of versatile horses.
Topsail Cody’s dam is AQHA Youth Performance Champion Doc Bar Linda (Doc Bar x Betty’s Mount x Music Mount). She was shown by a young Robin Merrill to a record of 448 performance points and 61 halter points, with Youth Superiors in Halter, Showmanship, Western Horsemanship and Hunter Under Saddle.
Jameen Gay, the dam of Topsails Rien Maker, was shown in Open and Youth events, earning two AQHA points. She was the Del Mar National Horse Show Youth Trail Champion. Jameen Gay produced six registered foals, though her only performer was Topsails Rien Maker.
The sire of Jameen Gay is Toby Gay Bar, a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) money-earner. He sired only 16 AQHA performers, of which eight are point-earners. His leading point-earner is Berrys Enola Gay, an AQHA Youth World Champion in Heading who racked up points in reining, Heading and heeling. Berrys Enola Gay also became Toby Gay Bar’s No. 1 producing daughter, adding to his maternal grandsire record of 82 grandget with 25 point- or money-earners. Berrys Enola Gay is the dam of 12 of these performers. Her leading offspring is Twisters Enola Gay, a four-time AQHA World Champion in Tie-Down Roping. Twisters Enola Gay, or “Roanie” as she is called, was used by Tuf Cooper during his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Tie-Down Roping World Championship campaign in 2012.
The role of Toby Gay Bar as the broodmare sire of Topsails Rien Maker brings his sire into the picture. Toby Gay Bar is by Gay Bar King, an AQHA Champion by Three Bars (TB) and out of Gay Widow by King P-234. Gay Widow is also an AQHA Champion in reining.
Gay Bar King is the broodmare sire of two very important sires in Genuine Doc and Smart Chic Olena. Genuine Doc is the sire of Shining Spark, the No. 1 sire of money-earning reined cow horses, and Smart Chic Olena is second on that list.
Jameen Gay is out of Vegas Lynx, an unshown daughter of Doc’s Lynx, the 1973 NCHA Derby Open Champion. Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Sire Doc’s Lynx is by Doc Bar and out of Jameen Tivio by Poco Tivio. Doc’s Lynx is the broodmare sire of Smart Zanolena (by Smart Chic Olena), the 1999 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion.
Vegas Lynx is out of Vegas Lil, another unshown mare. Vegas Lil is by Vegas Moore (Leo Moore x Sister Time x Prince Time [TB]), a Triple A and Register of Merit racehorse and an NCHA money-earner. Vegas Lil is out of Lil Minnie Moore, who is by Vegas Moore, giving Vegas Lil a 1 x 2 inbreeding pattern to the stallion.
The pedigrees of champions have all kinds of influences coming from all levels of performance down to even no performance. This proves that only when all the genes line up are legends born. Long live the legend of Topsails Rien Maker.