Matt Gaines has an Equi-Stat record of $7.8 million earned in National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open competition, making him the leading open rider of all-time. Despite his success, he had never won the NCHA Futurity Open. That came to an end on Dec. 10, when he rode Second Spot to a score of 229, earning the elusive title of NCHA Futurity Open Champion. They earned $225,395 for Second Spot’s owners and breeders Gary and Shannon Barker, of Madill, Oklahoma.
Spots Hot is the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open Champion and the sire of Second Spot. Spots Hot was ridden to his Futurity Championship by then non-pro Wes Galyean. They continued their show career, earning $529,435. Spots Hot made news at the NCHA Futurity Sales when he sold for $550,000 to Bobby Patton’s Rocking P Ranch. The Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire’s money-earners include Hottish ($301,200), Harley ($186,821), Some Like It Hott ($185,223) and Hes A Hot Cat ($174,792).
Chula Dual ($171,134), the sire of Spots Hot, is the winner of the 1999 Polo Ranch 4-Year-Old Classic Open and Co-Champion of the 1999 Royal Santana 4-Year-Old Futurity Open. Chula Dual (Dual Pep x Smart Fancy Lena x Smart Little Lena) has offspring earnings in excess of $1.7 million.
Sweet Shorty Lena ($114,276) is the dam of Spots Hot. She was the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Champion at the 2002 Wyoming Futurity with Gail Holmes and the 2000 Steamboat Springs 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Reserve Champion with Wes Galyean riding. Sweet Shorty Lena is the dam of horses with Equi-Stat records exceeding $1 million, including Innovation Time ($147,647) and His Reyflection ($129,342).
Shorty Lena, the sire of Sweet Shorty Lena, is an Equi-Stat Elite $9 Million Sire. His leading money-earner is Bayou Shorty (DNA) ($231,500). Shorty Lena (Doc O’Lena x Moira Girl x Mora Leo) is also an Equi-Stat Elite $13 Million Maternal Grandsire. In addition to Spots Hot, Shorty Lena daughters have produced NCHA Futurity champions Oh Cay Felix ($468,831), One Time Royalty ($447,383) and Oh Miss Caroline ($274,327).
The dam of Sweet Shorty Lena is Quixotes R Sugar, an unshown daughter of Son O Sugar. Sweet Shorty Lena is the leading money-earner out of this mare, whose foals have Equi-Stat records totaling $252,130. Her money-winners include Shortys Sugarote ($51,838) and Sweet Likealena ($40,142). The dam of Quixotes R Sugar is Zan Ote, by Doc Quixote.
Reycy Moon is the dam of Second Spot. This mare is the dam of six registered foals, with her first foals of 2013 starting their aged event careers in 2016. They are Second Spot and her full sister Twice Spotted. Twice Spotted and Gary Barker showed in the Unlimited Amateur at the NCHA Futurity.
Reycy Moon ($209,043) was a multiple aged event finalist for the Gary and Shannon Barker in the Non-Pro, and for Matt Gaines, Clint Allen and Sean Flynn in the Open. One of her biggest wins came in the 2011 Cattleman’s Derby Open with Gaines. She was the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Reserve Champion at the 2012 Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Futurity with Gary.
Reycy Moon is by Cats Moonshine ($150,252). This son of High Brow Cat was the 2005 Augusta 4-Year-Old Futurity Open Reserve Champion and the 2005 Breeder’s Invitational 4-Year-Old Open Co-Reserve Champion. He is an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire. His foals include Cats Sugarshine ($84,900) and Moooy Bueno ($72,215).
The dam of Cats Moonshine is Genuine Moonshine, by Genuine Doc. She is out of Peppys Red Moon, by Peppy San. Peppys Red Moon is the dam of Genuine Peppy San (PT) ($106,400) and Peppys Freckle ($96,557).
The dam of Reycy Moon is Twice As Reycy ($208,361), who was the 2003 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion with Lloyd Cox riding. She also finished third in the NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open in 2004. Twice As Reycy’s foals have combined Equi-Stat records of $454,866, including Pedal To The Metall ($132,190).
The sire of Twice As Reycy is Dual Rey, the Equi-Stat No. 3 all-time leading sire of cutting horses with offspring earnings of more than $30 million. The leading money-winner sired by Dual Rey is Special Nu Baby ($486,156), the 2015 NCHA Open World Champion owned by the Barkers and shown by Matt Gaines. Dual Rey is out of Nurse Rey (Wyoming Doc x Jay Moss x Rey Jay).
Dual Rey is sired by Dual Pep, the sire of Chula Dual. This makes Second Spot double-bred to Dual Pep with a breeding pattern of 3 X 4 to this great stallion. Dual Pep is by Peppy San Badger and out of Miss Dual Doc, by Doc’s Remedy.
The dam of Twice As Reycy is Rey Lena Girl ($22,669). Rey Lena Girl is the dam of foals with Equi-Stat records totaling $547,430. Her performers include High Brow Cougar, who was third in the 2003 NCHA Futurity Open, just behind Twice As Reycy, giving this mare the distinction of having two finalists in the same Futurity.
Rey Lena Girl is a daughter of Smart Little Lena out of Jay Moss by Rey Jay. This gives Twice As Reycy a breeding pattern of 3 X 2 to Jay Moss, one of the industry’s great blue-hen mares. Jay Moss’ foals have earned $822,247, and include her leading money-winner Rey Lynx ($595,310).
Inbreeding in the tail female line like what is seen here with Jay Moss is a fairly common occurrence in a pedigree. It seems that this inbreeding in the tail female line serves as the foundation of the pedigree – a foundation that has given this line an NCHA Futurity Open Champion.
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