The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), from its headquarters in Oklahoma City, recently recognized five sires who have recently achieved new multimillion-dollar milestones in offspring earnings.
SMART CHIC OLENA (Smart Little Lena x Gay Sugar Chic), an NRHA Hall of Fame inductee who was humanely euthanized in 2012, is now an NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire.
Bred by Emily Woodall, “Chic” originally had a bright future in the cutting pen, but a career path change resulted in him earning an NRHA Open Reserve World Championship, among other accolades, with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Craig Johnson. As a sire, Chic has passed his athleticism, willingness and calm mind to his progeny, which includes five NRHA Million Dollar Sires: Magnum Chic Dream, Rowdy Yankee, Smart Spook, Chocolate Chic Olena and Spat Olena.
Chic’s top-earning offspring include:
• Smart Spook (out of Sugarplum Spook, by Grays Starlight): $403,149 Lifetime Earnings
• Shiners Chic (out of Ebony Shines, by Shining Spark): $298,384 LTE
• Shine Chic Shine (out of Ebony Shines, by Shining Spark): $148,714 LTE
• Smartest Chic Olena (out of Colonels Dove, by Colonel Spats: $129,061 LTE
• Smart N Sparking (out of Setting Off Sparks, by Shining Spark): $121,697 LTE
• Commandalena (out of Givenchy Command, by Fritz Command): $115,894 LTE
• Chic Please (out of San O Lenita, by Tenino San): $108,085 LTE
• Wind Her Up Chic (out of Wind Her Up Doc, by Docs Sidewinder): $102,710 LTE
• Chocolate Chic Olena (out of Jae Bar Felcia, by Leos Question): $86,176 LTE
• Rowdy Yankee (out of Nita Chex, by Ready Chex): $84,480 LTE
Two of Chic’s progeny also recently crossed milestones, becoming NRHA Six Million Dollar Sires: NRHA Hall of Fame inductees Magnum Chic Dream (out of Sailin Barbee) and Smart Spook (out of Sugarplum Spook).
Bred by Guy Du Ponchel and owned by Viola Scott, 23-year-old MAGNUM CHIC DREAM boasts more than $44,000 in personal NRHA LTE. Since retiring from the show pen, “Magnum” has found even greater success as a sire, with his offspring rocketing him from his first NRHA Million Dollar Sire title in 2010 to his sixth in just nine years. The stallion stands at Cedar Ridge Stallion Station in Whitesboro, Texas.
Magnum’s top-earning offspring include:
• Chic Dreaming (out of Skeets Red Dunit, by Skeets Peppy): $239,876 LTE
• Paris Dreamer (out of Taris San Cutter, by Doc Tari): $193,511 LTE
• Msdreamy (out of A Gal With A Gun, by Gunner): $179,169 LTE
• Mega Maggie Mae (out of Cinco De Mega, by Marthas Mega Jac): $170,133 LTE
• Lil Magnum Jessie (out of Lil Ruf Jessie, by Lil Ruf Peppy): $166,274 LTE
• Chicsdundreamin (out of Goody Goody Dun Drop, by Hollywood Dun It): $153,510 LTE
• Made By Magnum (out of Ready Make Cowboy, by Master Cowboy Jac): $152,668 LTE
• Chips Dream (out of First Ex Flame, by Expensive Flame): $147,611 LTE
• Magnum Starlights (out of Starlights Sugarwhiz, by Little Bay Starlight): $144,788 LTE
• Magnum With A Dream (out of Shine On Sayo, by Shining Spark): $128,254 LTE
SMART SPOOK, owned and bred by Rosanne Sternberg, earned more than $403,149 in personal NRHA LTE before he transitioned into a full-time career as a sire. With NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida in the saddle, he won 2004 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity, the 2005 NRHA Level 4 Open Derby, and the 2005 AQHA World Show junior reining, among other titles, and earned consecutive gold medals at the 2007, 2008, and 2009 FEI World Reining Masters with NRHA Professional Rudi Kronsteiner.
Smart Spook has proven himself equally remarkable as a sire since his first crop hit the ground in 2006. The 18-year-old stallion was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2015 and stands at Sterling Ranch in Pilot Point, Texas.
Smart Spook’s top-earning offspring include:
• Custom Spook (out of Custom Spinderella, by Custom Crome): $235,749 LTE
• Shine N Spook (out of Ebony Shines, by Shining Spark): $219,826 LTE
• Red Stripe Spook (out of Ms Red Capri, by Jacs Aledo Bar): $179,766 LTE
• Spooks N Jewels (out of Whiz Jewels, by Topsail Whiz): $165,223 LTE
• Ebony Spook (out of Ebony Whiz): $160,634 LTE
• Spook Off Sparks (out of Setting Off Sparks): $142,339 LTE
• Patriot (out of Dunit A Lil Ruf): $138,738 LTE
• Hey Joe (out of Best Stop): $121,450 LTE
• Spook N Perla (out of Shine On Ruff): $112,306 LTE
• Jacs Lil Spook (out of Miss Whoa Jac): $108,935 LTE
NRHA Hall of Fame inductee SMART LIKE JUICE (Smart Little Lena x Jessies Oak), owned by Smart Like Juice Inc. and Jose Vazquez, has achieved the distinction of NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire.
Bred by Lindy Burch, the 1994 stallion was purchased by Justin and Vaughn Zimmerman as an early 3-year-old. After watching the horse place seventh in the open finals at the 1997 NRHA Futurity, non-pro rider Vazquez knew he had found his new horse.
“Juice” went on to compete with both Vazquez and NRHA Professional Ed Fear, earning $56,096 in NRHA LTE before retiring to the breeding shed. Earning his first Million Dollar Sire title in 2008, Juice was recognized with his induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2017 for his contributions to the reining industry. He stands at Hannagan Farms in Penfield, Illinois.
Juice’s top-earning offspring include:
• Juiced Up Doc (out of Jokes Startime, by Joker Solano): $196,813 LTE
• Like Shiner (out of Wind Her Up Shiner, by Shining Spark): $145,096 LTE
• Moonshine Juice (out of Wind Her Up Shiner, by Shining Spark): $122,365 LTE
• Wound By Juice (out of Wind Her Up Shiner, by Shining Spark): $112,368 LTE
• Moonshine N Juice (out of Wind Her Up Shiner, by Shining Spark): $98,858 LTE
• SLJ Sweet N Juicy (out of Jacks My Sugar Daddy, by Hollywood Jac 86): $88,821 LTE
• SLJ Ruf Juice (out of Ruf Catalyst, by Lil Ruf Peppy): $84,632 LTE
• Smart Like Valentino (out of Smart Little Jewel, by Smart Chic Olena): $69,502 LTE
• Gorgeous Like A Star (out of Hustle Up A Star, by Grays Starlight): $66,451 LTE
• Juice N Silk (out of Silk N Sable Pine, by Okie Paul Quixote): $66,212 LTE
SPOOKS GOTTA WHIZ (Spooks Gotta Gun x Prettywhizprettydoes) has reached the mark of NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire, only a year after his offspring took him past his first million.
The 2007 stallion bred by Clint Haverty and owned by Michell Anne Kimball achieved significant success in his own right. With NRHA LTE of more than $345,137, “Baby” claimed the 2010 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Championship with NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson, as well as the 2012 NRHA Level 4 Open Derby Championship among other notable victories with NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida. Baby stands at Cinder Lakes Ranch in Valley View, Texas.
Spooks Gotta Whiz’s top-earning offspring include:
• Spooky Whiz (out of Myo Starlight, by Paddys Irish Whiskey): $184,715 LTE
• Gotta Twist It Up (out of Make It With A Twist, by Dun It With A Twist): $163,111 LTE
• Spooks Show Time (out of Dolittle Lena, by Shining Spark): $106,934 LTE
• Thebettertohearuwith (out of Chex Out The Cowgirl, by Lean With Me): $104,822 LTE
• Sharp Dressed Spook (out of Dolittle Lena, by Shining Spark): $93,536 LTE
• Spooks Grand Slam (out of Shiney Diamond Lady, by Shining Spark): $90,514 LTE
• Spooks Gotta Spark (out of Dolittle Lena, by Shining Spark): $66,804 LTE
• Spooks Gotta Crush (out of Megas Sugar Baby, by Marthas Mega Jac): $58,122 LTE
• Night Time Spook (out of Custom Night Time, by Custom Crome): $56,317 LTE
• Gotta Shiney Diamond (out of Shiney Diamond Lady, by Shining Spark): $50,038 LTE