A great show mare who went on to be foal three generations and counting of winning cutting horses has died.
American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Champion Senior Cutting Horse Stylish And Foxie was recently put down due to infirmities of old age. She was 28.
A daughter of Doc’s Stylish Oak, the mare known as “Foxie” earned $329,300 during a show career highlighted by major wins in the Open with trainer Bill Riddle and in the Amateur with Glenn Drake, who co-owned the mare with his wife, Debbie.
“Foxie has been one in a one in a million,” Glenn Drake said.
The mare was put down while living at the Drake’s facility in Napa, California. It had been her home for some time, and for many years she was pastured alongside another noteworthy producer owned by the Drakes, the late Playboys Samantha.
The Drakes first saw Foxie in a group of 2-year-olds Riddle tried out for Drummond Ranch. The trainer liked Stylish And Foxie the best, but Drake had to wait to buy the mare until she went through public auction.
Drake recalls paying $60,000 for the daughter of Foxie Merada (by Freckles Merada), and was more than pleased with his purchase. He said that even though the mare was afraid of cattle, she’d find a way to stop them and “always controlled the show.”
“She would just so physical and cow smart – and she was always bright on a cow,” Drake said. “There would never was not a time that you showed her that she didn’t give you 110 percent.”
Stylish And Foxie began her show career finishing fourth with Bill Riddle in the 1996 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open. The following year, they finished second in the NCHA Super Stakes Open.
Drake rode the mare to the 1998 NCHA Summer Spectacular Classic/Challenge Amateur Championship, and in 1999 Riddle and the mare were Reserve Champions in the NCHA Summer Spectacular Open.
She and Riddle won the the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Senior Cutting World Championship in 2002, and also finished sixth in the Open in that year’s NCHA World Standings.
The NCHA Summer Spectacular Amateur, which she and Drake won with a 225, remains one of his fondest show pen memories of the mare.
“If you’d set her up right, she’d take care of just about the rest herself,” he said.
It’s not every day a mare is a standout during her show career and then goes on to be an outstanding producer, but Stylish And Foxie did just that. And, she’s also proven to have very productive daughters that also are able to foal winners in the show pen.
As of her death, Stylish And Foxie had foaled 11 earners of $857,895. That group is lead by Peptos Stylish Miss and Miss Stylish Pepto – a pair of 2004 Peptoboonsmal daughters who won more than half a million dollars ($305,712 and $226,138) in the show pen while often competing against each other – they finished third and fourth in the Open finals at the 2008 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes – and then went on to be top producers.
So far, Peptos Stylish Miss has foaled the winners of $382,620 while Miss Stylish Pepto’s nine money-earning foals have banked $518,916 in winnings.
The Drakes own Miss Stylish Pepto and another of Foxie’s daughters, Lil Foxie Starlight (by Grays Starlight). Although Lil Foxie Starlight didn’t show due to a broken vertebrae in her neck, the mare joined her sisters in the elite broodmare ranks by so far foaling the earners of more than $400,397.
Altogether, daughters of Stylish And Foxie have foaled the earners of more than $1.55 million. Her granddaughters have produced $101,501 in winnings from five money-earning horses.
Stylish And Foxie was retired from breeding at the time of her death, but has two remaining young unshown prospects in training that could add to her legacy. They include Browsin, a 2018 colt by High Brow Cat, and Reydiating Style, a 2019 mare by Dual Rey.
Both are in training with Austin Shepard.
Looking back, Drake is glad he followed Riddle’s advice all those years ago.
“I feel very blessed and fortunate that I had the opportunity to buy her. And, I’m glad I proceeded to buy her no matter what she brought, because I want that mare,” Drake said. “Because Bill said ‘I think this is the one.'”