Taylor Zimmerman and Wimpys Little Jessie scored a 220 to win the Bluebonnet Feeds Derby Level 4 Non-Pro at the Oklahoma Reining Horse Association (OKRHA) Ride and Slide on March 10. They earned $4,903 for their first Level 4 win. The team has earnings of $71,717 since August 2016.
Equi-Stat records show four wins in Wimpys Little Jessie and Zimmerman’s career together, including Level 1 championships in the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity Non-Pro and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Non-Pro.
Wimpys Little Jessie is a Zimmerman family homebred, as she was bred by Zimmerman’s grandfather, Vaughn, of Springfield, Missouri. Vaughn is an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Owner and a leading breeder of reining horses, as well as a leading owner and breeder of reined cow horses. He is the owner of NRHA Triple Crown winner Not Ruf At All and the breeder of Skeets Oak Peppy, who carried Clayton Edsall to the 2016 World’s Greatest Horseman title.
Wimpys Little Jessie is by Wimpys Little Step, the 2002 NRHA Futurity Open Champion and All American Quarter Horse Congress Straight Arrow Futurity Champion. He set an NRHA 3-year-old earnings record of $185,757, and his 233 score set a record for the NRHA Futurity.
The success of Wimpys Little Step went directly to the breeding pen, as his first crop included Wimpys Little Chic ($539,244), the 2007 NRHA Futurity Open Champion. She became the all-time leading money-winning reining horse after adding championships in the NRHA Derby Level 4 Open and NRBC Level 4 Open, giving her the first NRHA Triple Crown. Wimpys Little Step is the youngest reining stallion to achieve Equi-Stat Elite $9 Million Sire status.
The sire of Wimpys Little Step is Nu Chex To Cash (Nu Cash x Amarilla Chex x Bueno Chex), the 1999 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) High-Point Reining and Working Cow Horse. He was the first horse to win both of those high-point awards in the same year. Nu Chex To Cash was also the 1996 Palomino Horse Breeders of America World Champion Performance Horse in Senior Reining and Senior Working Cow Horse. He was the 2002 NRHA Intermediate Open World Champion and the Limited Open World Champion. His Equi-Stat record exceeds $65,000 in reining and reined cow horse.
Nu Chex To Cash is an Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire with money-earners in reining, reined cow horse, cutting and roping. His leading offspring include Lil Joe Cash ($279,077), Big Chex To Cash ($219,265), Wimpys Little Step, Hot Smokin Chex ($189,574) and NMSU Truckin Chex ($185,329).
Wimpys Little Step is out of the unshown mare Leolita Step. She is the dam of eight performers that are money- or point-earners. Her leading point-earner is Chexalita, a full sister to Wimpys Little Step. Chexalita earned 77 AQHA points and a Superior in Working Cow Horse.
The sire of Leolita Step is Forty Seven (Wimpy Leo x Lady Beaver 1 x Beaver Creek). Forty Seven was an AQHA Champion in Western pleasure. He sired 52 AQHA point-earners that earned 1,940 points, 32 registers of merit (ROM), seven AQHA championships and seven superior awards. One of his leading performers was Super Boy Cody, with 264 AQHA points, four youth performance ROM and a Superior in Open Western Pleasure. The daughters of Forty Seven produced 35 point-earners that accumulated 1,211 points, 30 ROM, six AQHA championships and four superiors. One of the leading performers from this group is Smokey Sophisticate, who earned Open and Amateur AQHA championships while recording 135.5 points.
Leolita Step is out of Step Lite (Big Step x Becky Bee Leo x Bumble Bee Leo). Step Lite earned Open and Amateur ROM with 37 points. She produced four foals, only one of which was a performer with no points or money won.
Wimpys Little Jessie is out of Jessie Dot Tari, an AQHA Amateur Superior reining horse shown by Amy Morisse. Jessie Dot Tari was the 2001 AQHA Amateur Reserve High-Point Reining Horse. She is the dam of foals that have Equi-Stat records totaling $224,463, including The Skeetist ($70,391).
Jessie Dot Tari is sired by Jodies Doc Tari, the 1992 NRHA Derby Open Champion and 1992 AQHA World Champion Junior Reining Horse. He sired 126 foals, with 45 of them banking $210,447, according to Equi-Stat. His daughters produced 64 money-earners of $534,987. It is interesting to note that Jessie Dot Tari is the leading money-winner sired by Jodies Doc Tari, and she is the dam of two of the top three money-earners on his maternal grandsire record. They are The Skeetist and Wimpys Little Jessie.
The sire of Jodies Doc Tari is 1982 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open Co-Reserve Champion Taris Catalyst (Doc Tari x Minnick’s Goldie x Lacy’s Blue Gold). The Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire’s leading money-winner is NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion Im So Tari ($87,475). Taris Catalyst is also an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Maternal Grandsire, with AQHA Junior Reining World Champion Smarty Starlight ($131,397) topping that chart. The dam of Jodies Doc Tari is Royal Jodie Bar (Triple Royal x Jodie Jo Bar x Bar’s Choice).
Miss Jessie Cat is the second dam of Wimpys Little Jessie. She is an unshown mare whose foals have earnings of $134,492. Her leading money-winners are Valentine Dreamin ($35,446) and Jessie Dot Tari ($33,204), the dam of Wimpys Little Jessie.
The sire of Miss Jessie Cat is Dot’s Jessie (Collins Jessie x Poco Bubble x Cherokee Poco). Dot’s Jessie was the 1980 AQHA Senior Reining World Champion and 1983 AQHA Senior Working Cow Horse World Champion. The dam of Miss Jessie Cat is Miss Doll Cat (Cat A Go Go x Sue Echo x Dark’s Blaze).
A Crossover Pattern
There is a lot of versatility found in the pedigree of Wimpys Little Jessie. Taris Catalyst, a cutting horse, sired noted reiners like Ima Tari Too and is the grandsire of Smarty Starlight. Nu Chex To Cash is a dual high-point winner and world champion in reining and reined cow horse. And Dot’s Jessie is a world champion in reining and reined cow horse. Yes, the versatility of the American Quarter Horse is alive and well, as seen in Wimpys Little Jessie.