A promising young cow horse stallion has died.
National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate Open Champion SDP Hy Rey Bound was found dead in his stall at the NRCHA Derby, owner SDP Buffalo Ranch said Monday afternoon in a Facebook post.
He was found Monday morning. The Facebook post said the ranch does not suspect foul play, but will have a necropsy (autopsy) done to determine the cause of death.
The 2018 Snaffle Bit Futurity Intermediate Open win was the biggest triumph for the 2015 black son of Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Sire TR Dual Rey and the mare SDP Hydriven Hickapoo (by Hydrive Cat). He and then-rider Clay Volmer marked a huge 226 down the fence.
Their composite of 660 (216 herd/218 rein/226 cow) was actually the highest in the event, though they were unable to claim the big prize because they missed making the Open finals.
“It was an exciting night, one that I won’t forget,” SDP Buffalo Ranch owner Shane Plummer said in Monday’s Facebook post. “He and Clay had a monster fence run and that sealed the win. Clay did great. Nothing like a win in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum.”
Volmer rode the horse several more times, making the Open finals of last year’s Tres Osos Cow Horse Classic Derby at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions and the NRCHA Stallion Stakes. The horse had earned $47,545 as of his death.
“That horse is maybe one of the fastest horses I’ve ever rode in my life. He can absolutely fly,” Volmer told Quarter Horse News after his and SDP Hy Rey Bound’s fence run at the 2018 Snaffle Bit Futurity. “He can absolutely be flying and then just go to nothing, can just fall out of the air and go to a complete still stop, and never wiggle.”
In his Facebook post, Plummer said the stallion’s first foals will be born next year. The ranch has 77 doses of frozen semen from the stallion, who was bred by Plummer.
“He will have to live on through his get and I am confident they will make us proud.
“Rest In Peace. SDP Hy Rey Bound is now Heaven bound.”
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