Legendary horseman Greg Ward was considered by many to be “The Master” when it came to training cow horses. Before he succumbed to death from cancer, in 1998 at the age of 63, Ward had won four National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championships and four Reserve titles.
Ward earned his final Open title just two months before his death, riding homebred Reminics Pep. Reminics Pep (Reminic x Peppy Remedy x Peppy San Badger) is a descendant of Ward’s beloved broodmare, Fillinic, who is considered to be the founder of Ward Ranch. Ward often credited Fillinic as being the horse that “made me a trainer.”
Before her death in 1983 at the age of 26, Fillinic produced 10 foals. Pictured are Ward and Fillinic’s final offspring, Fillynic, at the 1985 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, where they tied for 11th in the Open finals. Fillynic, a 1982 mare by Dual Doc, a son of Doc’s Remedy, won more than $50,600 during her three-year cutting career. A Ward Ranch favorite, the mare then joined other Fillinic daughters and granddaughters in the broodmare band.
Before she died, Fillynic produced three foals – all fillies and all sired by Just Plain Colonel – that won a total of $64,113 for average earnings of $21,371. Those three offspring were: Sweet Fillynic, a 1988 mare with show earnings of $42,133; Just Plain Fillynic, a 1989 mare with earnings of $1,905; and Plain Fillynic, a 1991 mare with earnings of $20,075.
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