Whizkey N Diamonds and Shawn Flarida with a big stop.
Whizkey N Diamonds is an NRHA Million Dollar Sire after only seven breeding seasons. Photo by John O'Hara

Yes, Sire! Whizkey N Diamonds Reaches Million Dollar Rank

Whizkey N Diamonds, owned by Rhodes River Ranch, is the National Reining Horse Association’s newest Million Dollar Sire.

The elite status was achieved after only seven breeding seasons and a first foal crop not reaching competition age until 2016.

Whizkey N Diamonds, bred by Cristin Schuetz, is by the all-time leading sire of NRHA money earners, Topsail Whiz, and out of Princess In Diamonds (x Shining Spark), one of the top three highest-producing NRHA dams.

“I think it’s pretty impressive,” said Sean McBurney, ranch manager for Rhodes River Ranch, in an NRHA news release. “He only had 11 babies in his first foal crop. We’ve just tried to match him with the best mares.”

Whizkey N Diamonds stands at Oklahoma Equine Hospital in Goldsby, Oklahoma. His 312 competition-age offspring have followed in their sire’s footsteps at major events including the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby, and the National Reining Breeders Classic.

Whizkey N Diamonds’ top-performing offspring include:

  • Rsure Shot Of Whizkey (out of Gunners Sureshot, by Gunner): $80,504.34 Lifetime Earnings (LTE)
  • Whizkey Chaser (out of Sparklin Chic, by Lena Spark): $66,908.47 LTE
  • Whizzen In The Wind (out of Very Smart Flo Jo, by Very Smart Remedy): $41,706.83 LTE
  • Sparklin Whizkey (out of Moms So Stylish, by Smart Little Lena): $40,302.77 LTE
  • Whizkey Rock N Roll (out of Snip O Chex, by Nu Chex To Cash): $36,726.98 LTE
  • Whizkeymakesmefrisky (out of One Smart Pepto, by One Time Pepto): $35,865.60 LTE
  • Waitin On A Diamond (out of This Chicsdundreamin, by Magnum Chic Dream): $33,804.26 LTE
  • Red Garter N Whizkey (out of Peppys Lightning Jac, Lil Ruf Peppy): $33,474.25 LTE
  • Diamonds In My Genes (out of Electric Genes, by Jacs Electric Spark): $32,159.01 LTE
  • Starlightsndiamonds (out of Starlights Sugarwhiz, by Little Bay Starlight): $29,804.92 LTE

In his show career, the 2006 buckskin stallion earned more than $224,000 in personal LTE, according to Equi-Stat records, with NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida. After the pair placed third in the Level 4 Open at the 2009 NRHA Futurity, then-owner Clinton Anderson took the stallion out of the reining pen to star in his Downunder Horsemanship Trick Training Series.

In 2011, Whizkey N Diamonds came back strong, winning the 2011 Wimpys Little Step Derby, finishing top five in the Level 4 Open Derby at the National Reining Breeders Classic, and earning Reserve champion of the Level 4 Open at the 2011 NRHA Derby, all with Flarida.

“I need to thank Jean Rhodes for all her support and everyone at Oklahoma Equine for doing such a great job looking after him,” McBurney said. “I’d also like to credit my wife, Jordan, and everybody who rode his offspring and helped him get here. All the people who bred to him — that’s what made it happen.”