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An NRHA Futurity Open champion, Lil Joe Cash has found new success as a sire. • Photo by Waltenberry.

Lil Joe Cash Hits Big Sire Milestone

With only four show-age foal crops, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open Champion Lil Joe Cash has reached a significant mark as a sire.

The son of Equi-Stat Elite $3 Million Sire Nu Chex For Cash and out of RS Lily Starlight (by Grays Starlight) was recently recognized by the NRHA as its newest NRHA One Million Dollar Sire. He crossed the mark late last year at the NRHA Futurity show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

His star performer at the 2020 Futurity show was Joes Genes, a daughter of Electric Genes (by Jacs Electric Spark) who Tish Fappani rode to the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Reserve Championship. Fappani and the mare also were the Level 3 Non-Pro Champions.

“Lil Joe Cash has always been a special horse to our family. He had an amazing show career,” said Tish, whose husband Andrea rode the stallion during his show career. “It’s amazing to be a part of this achievement of his. My mare’s mind and her trainability are where I see his influence.”

The stallion was also well-represented at the North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC), which were held in conjunction wit the NRHA Futurity. Madison Gustin piloted Win My Cash (out of Win My Shine x Shining Spark) to top finishes in the in the Non-Pro and Intermediate Non-Pro classes, winning more than $5,100. Earlier in the year, Gustin and Win My Cash won the Levels 2 & 1 Non-Pro at the NRHA Derby to earn more than $12,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings.

Show Pen Success

Bred by Kurt and Angie Harris, Lil Joe Cash was bought by owner Russell Giles at the 2009 Legacy Sale and sent to Brent Loseke to begin his career. It was Loseke’s recommendation to pair Lil Joe Cash with his future trainer, Andrea Fappani.

“Brent’s honesty and integrity in suggesting I send Lil Joe Cash to Andrea speaks volumes about his character,” Giles said. “I believe some trainers would not have been as gracious or truthful about my horse’s potential.”

With Andrea Fappani in the saddle, Lil Joe Cash quickly made his mark on the reining industry, winning the NRHA Futurity championship 227.5. The pair also won an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Junior Reining World Championship in 2012, then the NRHA $75,000 Shootout Championship in 2014.

The stallion came out of retirement in 2019 to compete in The Run for a Million Shootout, where they finished third with a score of 226.

“I always tell people that if I had to pick a horse in my career that depicts the way I want reining to be done, it would be Lil Joe Cash,” the trainer said. “To me, he has the style I want. He’s a great mover who’s very collected naturally. I have gone back and watched his videos from when he went through the Legacy Sale, and it was amazing to me that he showed as a 6-year-old the same way he moved as a yearling. Twenty years from now, if someone asks me who my ideal reining horse was, I will always say Lil Joe Cash.”

Top Money Earners for Lil Joe Cash

Lil Joe Cash stands at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses in Aubrey, Texas.

In addition to Joes Genes and Win My Cash, the stallion’s top offspring in the NRHA also include (NRHA earnings only):

  • NVR What A Lucky Joe ($108,182, out of What A Lucky Hit x Hit The Lights)
  • Lil Patron ($76,459, out of Miss Rey O Shine x Shining Spark)
  • Cashing In Diamonds ($57,473, out of Diamond Steppin Whiz x Topsail Whiz)