Trashadeous in the show pen. • Photo by Waltenberry.

From The Archives: Trashadeous

Trashadeous is remembered as a gritty competitor in the reining pen, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee and influential sire. The double-registered stallion was bred by Bill and Kimberly Horn, of Ocala, Florida, and found several victories with his fellow NRHA Hall of Famer, Bill Horn, in the saddle.

Capable Performer

The duo’s first success together came at the 1990 NRHA Futurity, where they finished as Reserve Open Champions behind Silver Anniversary and Doug Milholland.

The win was the start of a close relationship between Horn and Trashadeous, but according to Horn, it didn’t come easily. In a January 2004 Performance Horse Magazine article on Trashadeous, Horn recalled a tough showing at the Quarter Horse Congress with “Trash” as a 3-year-old, which ended with Trash rearing up into the air. 

“He was pretty wild,” Horn said. “And he could do so darn much, I think he scared himself. He was not hard to train, but he was so explosive the challenge was getting it all under control.”

In 1991, Horn and Trash had their biggest championship to date; the NRHA Open Derby Championship. The Derby, which took place in St. Paul, Minnesota, saw an unprecedented amount of rain fall during the event. But not even the weather could dampen Horn and Trash, who were said to have set the ring ablaze with a score of 225.5 in the finals. With a $8,598 payday, Trash’s lifetime earnings at the time stood at $72,971. 

The writer covering the 1991 NRHA Derby for Quarter Horse News noted that Horn’s calm-and-collected riding style matched well with Trash’s fiery spirit. The stallion was so sensitive to Horn’s cues in the finals that he jumped sideways after a stop as Horn looked to the side for an end marker. The bobble cost them a half-point penalty, but Trash’s performance on the other maneuvers was enough to seal the championship. 

“He’s not a real big horse, but he has a big way of moving,” Horn told QHN in 1991. “He’s a modern-looking horse and a very athletic-type horse.”

The team’s next big win was at the 1992 NRHA Superstakes, where a score of 225.5 earned them $9,100. Trash was retired to the breeding shed in 2004 with lifetime earnings of $138,599.

Familiar Pedigree

Horn was well-acquainted with Trash’s lineage, considering he had shown the stallion’s dam, EquiStat Elite $1 Million Sire Be Aech Enterprise, and his dam, Miss White Trash (by Mr Gun Smoke). 

Horn owned Miss White Trash her entire life. He showed her in the 1970 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, finishing sixth in the open and earning $5,531. Later, he showed the mare in the NRHA, racking up more than $12,900 in earnings. Miss White Trash was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 1993, and undoubtedly passed her athletic genes on to Trash. 

Breeding Shed

As a sire, Trash produced 64 money-earning progeny who worked their way to $246,264 in earnings, according to Equi-Stat. his leading earners include Jumpin Jac Trash ($26,079, out of Sail Away Rene x Cee Blair Sailor) and Kiss My Trash (PT) (($24,615, out of Miss Ruby Jane x Like a Diamond). However, his true impact was felt as a maternal grandsire. 

As a maternal grandsire, Trash produced more than $725,000 in progeny earnings. One of the most influential grand-get was a sorrel 2006 stallion out of Natrasha. Sired by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner), the horse named Gunnatrashya went on to win the 2009 NRHA Open Futurity, 2010 NRHA Open Derby and become a Equi-Stat Elite $7 million sire. 

Trash passed away in January of 2016 at the age of 29. His name will be remembered through the pedigrees of his progeny, and in the minds of reining enthusiasts lucky enough to witness the spirited horse perform.