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Topsail Cody's sire bloodline is among the most prominent in the sport of reining today. • QHN Archive Photo.

From The Archives: Topsail Cody

Without Topsail Cody, there would be no Topsail Whiz and the reining industry may look very different.

Bred by CT Fuller of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, Topsail Cody was an example of old-school Quarter Horse breeding that included Wimpy, King and Doc Bar on his papers.

Purchased by six-time National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity Champion Bob Loomis in May of his 3-year-old year, Topsail Cody was 1977 stallion sired by Joe Cody and out of Doc Bar mare Doc Bar Linda.

Topsail Cody went on to win the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open in 1980 with Loomis, and then the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Junior Reining World Championship in 1981. Topsail Cody was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 1996 and just two years later, he became only the fourth stallion to reach the status of NRHA One Million Dollar Sire.

According to EquiStat, his leading earners are reined cowhorse Topsails Rien Maker with $371,472 in earnings, and three-time NRHA World Champion Cee Blair Sailor (out of Miss Cee Blair x Blair Cee), a reiner with $114,930 in earnings who is a member of the NRHA Hall of Fame.

Topsail Cody’s leading reining earner was three-time NRHA World Champion Cee Blair Sailor. * QHN File Photo.

Topsail Cody was purchased in 1994 by Dick Randall ,of Los Gatos, California where he lived out the rest of his days. Passing in February 2002 at 25 years old from colic, Topsail Cody was greatly admired by his human caretakers.

“We all loved this horse. He was a great producer, but more than that, he was such a gentleman. He will be missed. He was so full of heart. He was out best friend,” Randall told QHN in 2002. 

As a paternal grandsire, which included progeny earnings from Topsail Whiz, Topsail Cody boasts more than $14 million in earnings. As a maternal grandsire, or broodmare sire, Topsail Cody adds an additional $4.7 million to his record through the foals of his daughters.

The top-earning horses in EquiStat out of Topsail Cody daughters includes AQHA Senior Reining World Champion Custom Cash Advance ($231,056, by Custom Crome); Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Open Champion and NRHA Futurity Open third-place finisher Sailin Ruf ($151,813, by Lil Ruf Peppy) and multiple reining aged-event finalist Hang Ten Surprize ($133,060, by Hangten Peppy).

Another Topsail Cody maternal grandson who made a significant impact on the sport is Magnum Chic Dream, a son of Smart Chic Olena and out of Sailin Barbee (by Topsail Cody) who so far has sired the winners of more than $7.4 million, according to EquiStat.

Lasting Impacts

Though not his leading earner, the Topsail Cody son who is arguably one of the most influential stallions in modern reining is Topsail Whiz. The 1987 stallion owned by Loomis for all but the first few days of his life was out of Jeanie Whiz Bar (by Cee Red), Topsail Whiz competed for three years in NRHA events, finishing third in the 1990 NRHA Futurity Open and earning $38,075. He eventually racked up more than $57,000 in lifetime earnings and is in the AQHA Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022, according to EquiStat.

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EquiStat Elite $12 Million Sire Topsail Whiz (Topsail Cody x Jeanie Whiz Bar x Cee Red) * Photo by John Brasseaux.

The first stallion to crack the $12 million sire milestone in the NRHA and also an EquiStat Elite $12 Million Sire, Topsail Whiz has sired seven NRHA Futurity Champions and four NRHA Derby Champions. As of this writing, Topsail Whiz is only $32,180 short of reaching $13 million in progeny earnings in EquiStat.

Topsail Whiz mares also have proven to be stellar producers, with their foals so far collecting more than $9.2 million in winnings – highlighted by NRHA Triple Crown winner and EquiStat Elite $3 Million Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz ($363,435, by Spooks Gotta Gun).

Several top-class sons and grandsons of Topsail Whiz are currently at stud, helping perpetuate Topsail Cody bloodline in today’s Western performance horse industry.

Versatile Sire

Though most of Topsail Cody’s $1.6 million in progeny earnings came from the reining pen, his sons and daughters also won more than $401,000 in reined cow horse classes. He also had a few progeny win money in cutting.

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Topsails Rien Maker (by Topsail Cody) is the all-time leading money winner in the history of the World’s Greatest Horseman.
• Photo by Darrell Dodds.

Highlighting the versatility of Topsail Cody’s progeny, Topsails Rien Maker – whose more than $370,000 in earnings made up the bulk of his sire’s reined cow horse progeny earnings – had a lasting presence in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) show pens, winning World’s Greatest Horseman championships in 2008, 2009 and 2011. He is the winningest horse in the history of the prestigious event, which includes herd work, rein work, cow work and steer stopping.

Out of mare Jameen Gay (by Toby Gay Bar), Topsails Rien Maker was immortalized as a Breyer Horse model in 2012, promoting the discipline and breed in a way that pays homage to Topsail Cody’s success as a sire.