National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion and accomplished sire Spots Hot has passed away.
Owner Rocking P Ranch announced Thursday, Aug. 11, that the horse was humanely euthanized the day before. The son of Chula Dual and out of Sweet Shorty Lena (by Shorty Lena) was 21 years old.
Bred by Jody Galyean, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Spots Hot was the 2004 NCHA Futurity Open Champion and also placed fourth in that year’s NCHA Futurity Non-Pro. Spot” would then go on to earn over half a million dollars ($527,682) in lifetime earnings.
“With his superior athleticism, he could toy with and trap a cow like no other, making him a force to be reckoned with in the show pen,” Rocking P recalled of its late stallion.
Spots Hot passed on his athleticism to his foals, siring more than $7.9 million in progeny earnings at the time of his death. The stallion’s leading earners in EquiStat are NCHA Futurity Open Champion Second Spot ($264,447, out of Reycy Moon x Cats Moonshine), NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open ChampionHottish ($301,200, out of Stylish Play Lena x Docs Stylish Oak), and Breeders Invitational Derby Open Champion Cinca Im Hot ($265,969, out of Cinca De Maya x Dual Rey). He also sired an NCHA Open Reserve Champion and multiple major aged event winners and finalists.
A Home at Rocking P
In 2015, Bobby Patton, owner of Rocking P Ranch, purchased one of Spots Hot’s daughters, Cinca Im Hot, who was 2 years old at the time. After watching her develop during her 3-year-old year, Patton fell in love with the way she worked. His excitement for what he saw in this mare would lead him to be highly interested in her sire, Spots Hot, who would be selling during the 2016 NCHA Futurity Western Bloodstock Sale. In December of 2016, when the gavel fell, the future of Spots Hot was sealed as Rocking P Ranch would become the new owner of this exceptional stallion.
Patton holds a great deal of admiration for this stallion.
“We will continue to carry on with ‘Spots’ legacy,” Patton said in a statement. “Between offering frozen semen and through breeding Cinca Im Hot, this bloodline will be around for years to come. Through our yearlings, weanlings, and foals in utero, his name will continue to be heard.”
Cinca Im Hot has already produced a winner for Rocking P as a broodmare, foaling $85,241-winner Cinca Cat. Rocking P Ranch will continue offering Spots Hot semen through ICSI breeding contracts at Brazos Valley Stallion Station, in Stephenville, Texas.
A Lasting Impact
Spots Hot‘s current owners aren’t the only ones who will miss him.
Spots Hot’s rider during his show career, Wesley Galyean, remembered his time with the stallion fondly. Spot and Wesley Galyean became the dream team during their era. Wes has many fond memories of his time with Spots Hot.
“We had an incredible bond that went further than the show pen,” Galyean said. “I could take his bridle off and the horse would follow me around the ranch.”
Wes says “God blessed me with this one. So, today I want to celebrate him for all he has ever done.”
In closing, Bobby Patton says, “Rest in peace, my friend.”