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Hollywoodstinseltown Laid To Rest

Successful reining horse sire Hollywoodstinseltown has died.

McQuay Stables announced Sunday, July 19, on its Facebook page that the dunalino son of Hollywood Dun It died the week before. He was 16.

Bred by his lifelong owner, David Silva, Sr, Hollywoodstinseltown was out of Miss Tinseltown (by Great Red Pine).  

“For the Silvas, Hollywoodstinseltown or ‘Dave’ as he was affectionately known, was much more than just an accomplished athlete and successful sire,” the post said. “He was part of the family and his humane euthanization due to the complications of a bacterial infection, was a heartbreak. Their consolation will come from watching his legacy continue to grow and live on through his many foals – and those yet to be born.”

Hollywoodstinseltown’s Show Career

Hollywoodstinseltown kicked off his show career with a solid futurity season, making the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Level 4 Open finals with Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Rider Tim McQuay. They won that year’s NRHA Futurity Prime Time, and also made the finals at the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity and Las Vegas Classic Futurity.

McQuay’s assistant, Marco Ricotta, took over the reins midway through the stallion’s 4-year-old year and the following year piloted Hollywoodstinseltown to the 2009 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Reserve Championship, also winning the Level 3 Open. They also won the Level 3 Open Championship at that year’s National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC).

They earned the horse’s biggest paycheck in 2010, placing fourth in the NRBC Level 4 Open. 

The stallion capped off his career with a Team gold-medal-winning performance with McQuay at the FEI World Equestrian Games at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Sire Record

As of his death, Hollywoodstinseltown was an Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Sire with total progeny earnings of more than $2.8 million. 

His leading money-winning performer is NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion Tinseltown Fly Guy, an earner of $264,139 out of Fly Flashy Jac (by Boggies Flashy Jac). 

His second-leading performer, Shining In Town, is best known for winning all four levels of the 2019 NRHA Derby Non-Pro – and the Youth – with owner Jennifer Neudorf aboard. The palomino son of Shine Ann (by Shining Spark) has lifetime earnings of $203,386.

Several Hollywoodstinseltown progeny performed well at last month’s NRHA Derby, where he had five sons or daughters in the Non-Pro finals and five in the Open finals. The third-leading earner on his sire record, Hollywooddirtysecret ($129,708) tied for third in the 2020 NRHA Derby Level 4 Non-Pro and won the Youth with Sam Flarida aboard.

Overall, Hollywoodstinseltown was represented by 216 earners with a cumulative record of $2,810,784.