Talented stallion Dual Spark made his mark in the Western performance horse industry on two continents, but was gone too soon. Overbrook, Oklahoma breeder Bobby Lewis announced the passing of the 17-year-old stud on Facebook on March 19.
Lewis learned about the horse’s death through a phone call from Flavio Ribeiro, one of two agents who helped arrange the 2014 sale of Dual Spark to a group of six breeders in Brazil where he lived at the Equus Equine Services Ranch. Ribeiro told Quarter Horse News the stud colicked and did not survive the surgery.
“It is very sad, very unfortunate,” Lewis said. “It is always hard to lose one like that especially so young.”
The 2004 son of Equi-Stat Elite $26 Million Sire Dual Pep x Dolittle Lena (Shining Spark) cross created in a “once-in-a-lifetime” horse, according to Lewis. His dam has produced earners of more than $567,000, including successful reining horses Spooks Gotta Spark, an earner of more than $284,000 who last weekend marked a 228.5 to win The Run For A Million Open qualifier at the Cactus Reining Classic, as well as Spooks Show Time ($169,504) and Sharp Dressed Spook ($107,619).
Dual Spark carried Lewis to Reserve in the World’s Greatest Horseman competition. His accomplishments included finishing as a semi-finalist in the NCHA Open Super Stakes among countless other top placings in cutting and reined cow horse.
“He was a phenomenal horse, as athletic as one I’ve ever ridden,” Lewis said. “He was good on a cow and his offspring could go in any cattle discipline you wanted to go with.”
Dual Spark’s offspring have accumulated more than $477,000 in Equi-Stat earnings. His leading money earner get is CSR Lay Down Sally, a mare that Chris Dawson rode in the World’s Greatest in January, and to countless accolades including the coveted title of 2018 CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular Champion. The earner of more than $105,675 is owned by Meredith Graber, who herself rode the mare to numerous championships in boxing.
His second leading earner, Dual Patron, is a top-money earner from ARHFA World Rope Horse Futurity, which is held in conjunction with the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. The horse, who has $79,404 on his Equi-Stat record, was another Riberio also helped sell to an owner in Brazil.
Another of Dual Spark’s noted show horses is Hat Six Keep Sparkin, a horse Tammy Hays rode to the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro Championship.
“In my opinion I think Dual Spark was one of the best horses ever sold to Brazil,” Ribeiro said. “
When Lewis sold Dual Spark in 2014, he retained full US breeding rights to the stud. Each year he bred a limited number of mares to his prized homebred stud. He has five mares bred to him for the coming year, and in hindsight would have bred more if he could have predicted the news he would receive this year. Lewis plans to continue breeding but will focus on using the Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).
“He was an extremely nice horse and I was fortunate to raise, ride and show one like that,” he said.