Von Reminic, who was 20 years old, broke his leg while out in the pasture on June 6. The stallion was euthanized, leaving behind a huge hole in the hearts of those that knew and cared for him.
Bred by Brazos Bend Ranch Inc., of Sugar Land, Texas, and owned throughout his performance career by Frank Bolea, of Gilroy, California, Von Reminic (Reminic x Von Freckles x Colonel Freckles) stood at Armstrong Equine Services in La Mesa, New Mexico.
“VON REMINIC Euthanized 6/6/2017,” read a post on the Armstrong Equine Services Facebook page. “It is with profound sadness and pain we let the horse community know that VON REMINIC, 2000 NRHA [National Reining Horse Association] Open Futurity Champion shown by Todd Sommers, suffered a broken leg while in pasture with his harem and was humanely euthanized on 6/6/2017. Von Reminic is buried at Armstrong Equine Service, La Mesa, NM.”
Though he only posted four paychecks to Equi-Stat, Von Reminic boasted $180,219. He wowed reining enthusiasts when he carried Sommers to a 222 at the 2000 NRHA Futurity, winning the Open Championship and $150,200. He also collected a large paycheck at the 2001 National Reining Breeders Classic after tying for fourth place.
Since retiring from the show pen, Von Reminic has produced 51 money-earning offspring that have garnered, in total, more than $328,000, according to Equi-Stat. His top performer is reiner Chexouthisreminic ($82,409, out of Miss Celebrity Chex x Peewee Chex). The 2003 gelding and Dr. Jim Morgan won the 2007 Bill Horn Single Shot Derby, banking $20,000.
Von Reminic’s second-highest performing offspring is Once A Von A Time ($76,925, out of Sheza Shinette x Shining Spark), who has won money in the reining, reined cow horse and cutting arenas. The 2004 stallion and Jake Telford won the Open Bridle at the 2011 and 2013 National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, collecting $7,420 and $7,000, respectively.
Horses by Von Reminic have also won money in ranch horse classes, barrel racing and roping, proving his versatility as a sire. With 16 babies aged 3 years or younger, according to American Quarter Horse Association records, Von Reminic’s legacy has the potential to carry on in many different arenas for years to come.