One of the leading American Paint Horse sires of Western performance horses has died. The sorrel overo stallion Like A Diamond (PT) would’ve turned 26 this year.
Several industry associations, including the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and American Paint Horse Association (APHA), posted condolences on social media to mark the passing of the 1992 son of Grays Starlight. In a Facebook message sprinkled with heart emojis, the APHA noted that photographer Darrell Dodds’ photo – which appears with this article – of the colorful stallion cutting, his mane flying, still hangs in the association’s headquarters in Fort Worth.
“We are sad to say goodbye to the legendary Like A Diamond,” the APHA wrote.
In the show pen, Like A Diamond made his mark as a cutter and became the APHA Junior Cutting World Champion. He finished his career with 23 APHA points, an APHA Register of Merit in cutting and $9,579 in earnings.
Although he sired many successful cutting horses, it could be argued that the stallion’s greatest impact as a sire came in the reining pen. His leading earner, RR Star (PT), won the 2001 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Championship in a runoff. He later won the NRHA Derby Open, retiring with $258,959 in earnings, according to Equi-Stat.