National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Famer and Three Million Dollar Sire Nu Chex To Cash has died, his owners announced on social media on Saturday evening.
The palomino stallion was 30.
“Today we say goodbye to an old friend,” said Hilldale Farm, which had owned him for 25 years, from its Facebook account. “Chex as we called him was loved and part of my whole family. … It’s hard to write with all the tears. Heaven gained a Great (sic) one today.”
Chex leaves behind a legacy in stone as a significant player in the history of the NRHA.
Chex was by Nu Cash and out of Amarilla Chex (by Bueno Chex). Bred by Margaret Drown, of Santa Ysabel, California, the stallion had much success in the show pen from 1993 to 2002, with an Equi-Stat record of more than $65,000.
In 2002, Chex and Jessicah Keller won World championships in the Intermediate and Limited Open. He was also Non-Pro and Intermediate Non-Pro Reserve World champion.
During the same year, Chex emerged as a major sire for Hilldale Farm. His son, Wimpys Little Step (out of Leolita Step), won the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open and NRHA Futurity Open under the guidance of NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida.
In addition to Wimpy, Chex sired Lil Joe Cash (out of RS Lilly Starlight), a winner of more than $290,000 as a performer, according to Equi-Stat, the 2011 NRHA Futurity Open champ. Another son, Big Chex To Cash (out of Snip O Gun), was the Reserve NRHA Futurity champion in 2005 and Reserve at the NRHA Derby two years later on the way to almost $220,000 in lifetime earnings.
Two of the sons have gone on to lucrative careers of their own as sires.
The most recent NRHA Million Sire of the boys was Big Chex To Cash. The star is Wimpy, an NRHA $11 Million Sire, and father to 18 NRHA Open and Non-Pro Futurity champions and six NRHA Open Derby champions.
In all, Chex sired 276 performers for an Equi-Stat record of $3.6 million for an average of $13,334.
Other notable earners among Chex’s offspring include:
Nu Chexomatic $191,334
Hot Smokin chex $189,574
NMSU Truckin Chex $185,329
Heavy Duty Chex $143,801
Night Deposit Chex $111,181