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6 Freshman Reining Sires Looking to Make Mark on Futurity

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity is always a chance to see the stars of tomorrow, and for six stallions it will be the first opportunity to showcase their progeny on the sport’s biggest stage.

Offspring of six freshman reining stallions will be trying to make a name for their sires during the 2023 NRHA Futurity, which started Tuesday, Nov. 21 and lasts through Dec. 2 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. These young stallions’ entries, born in 2020, are their first foals to reach futurity age.

Three young sires — Ruf Lil Magnum, Modern Gun and Chicowhiz — have multiple Open entries in their first crop. Three other stallions —Chic Dreamin, Gunna Stop and Whos The Whiz Kid — each have one offspring in the NRHA Futurity Open draw.

Here’s a closer look at this year’s reining freshman sires, including those with multiple offspring entered in the 2023 NRHA Futurity Open:

Ruf Lil Magnum

A winner of $122,276, Ruf Lil Magnum is the 2018 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Senior Reining World Champion. A son of EquiStat Elite $10 Million Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Dunit A Lil Ruf (by Lil Ruf Peppy), Ruf Lil Magnum is a half-brother to Patriot (by Smart Spook), winner of the Million Dollar Competition at the 2022 The Run For A Million.

Ruf Lil Magnum has three offspring entered in the draw of the 2023 NRHA Futurity Open:

  • Magnum Cowgirl, mare, out of Nics Cowgirl (by Royal Diamondnic)
  • SS Sticks N Stones, stallion, out of Call Me Miss Hickory (by Docs Hickory)
  • LV Lil O Lady, mare, out of Shiney O Lady (by Shining Spark)

Modern Gun

An earner of more than $362,126, Modern Gun is the 2018 National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 Open Champion. Another stallion who hails from a strong maternal family, his mother is $533,091 producer Taris Modern Design (by Mr Boomerjac) and his second dam is NRHA Hall of Famer and $777,218 producer Taris Little Vintage (by Peppy San Badger).

Modern Gun has two offspring in the NRHA Futurity Open:

  • Modern Cheetah, mare, out of TOP Sail Cheetah (by Topsail Whiz)
  • Modern Starlet, mare, out of Hollywoods Mae West (by Hollywood Dun It)

Chicowhiz

A multiple limited-age event champion, Chicowhiz earned more than $79,696 during a five-year career. The stallion by EquiStat Elite $14 Million Smart Chic Olena and out of Whizicle (by Topsail Whiz) had four AQHA-registered foals born in 2020, with two of them making the draw of the 2023 NRHA Futurity Open:

  • Dreamn Of Chics, out of Chic Dreamn Whizard (by Magnum Chic Dream)
  • Little Whiz Milady, out of Sammie Little Step (by Wimpys Little Step)

Freshman Sires with offspring in 2023 NRHA Futurity Open

Freshman SirePedigree2020
AQHA foals
NRHA Fut. Open offspring
Ruf Lil Magnum(Magnum Chic Dream x Dunit A Lil Ruf x Lil Ruf Peppy)423
Modern Gun(Gunners Special Nite x Taris Modern Design x Mr Boomerjac)222
Chicowhiz(Smart Chic Olena x Whizicle x Topsail Whiz)42
Chic Dreamin(Magnum Chic Dream x Skeets Red Dunit x Skeets Peppy)311
Gunna Stop(Gunnatrashya x Stop Little Sister x Magnum Chic Dream)31
Whos The Whiz Kid(Who Whiz It x Shirleys A Gunner x Colonels Smoking Gun)31

Reining Freshman Sires Overall

Beyond the NRHA Futurity, who are the leading freshman reining sires early in the season? As of Nov. 15, Chic Dreamin was the leading freshman sire in EquiStat with progeny earnings of $4,852. Ruf Lil Magnum wasn’t far behind, with some $3,833 in progeny earnings reported to EquiStat. Modern Gun rounded out the top three with offspring earnings of $2,706 in the database.

Because of how close these freshman stallions are in the rankings and the massive amount of money available at the NRHA Futurity, an offspring who wins a class or places well at the NRHA Futurity could vault his or her sire to the top of the freshman reining sire rankings.

Here are freshman sires with reining progeny earnings in the EquiStat database, as of Nov. 15:

RankSirePedigreeMoneyearning OffspringEquiStat
Progeny earnings
(Reining)
1Chic Dreamin(Magnum Chic Dream x Skeets Red Dunit x Skeets Peppy)4$4,852 
2Ruf Lil Magnum(Magnum Chic Dream x Dunit A Lil Ruf x Lil Ruf Peppy)3$3,833 
3Modern Gun(Gunners Special Nite x Taris Modern Design x Mr Boomerjac)4$2,706 
4Dream Big Blue Eyes(Pale Face Dunnit x Uno Lynx Peppy x Peppy Plays For Cash)1$2,132 
5Gunna Stop(Gunnatrashya x Stop Little Sister x Magnum Chic Dream)1$884 
6Custom Ryan(Custom Crome x NC Genuine Huanita x Genuine Redskin)1$765 
7ARC Lone Pine Dun It(Playing It Out x Lonesome Sally Lena x Doc O’Lena)1$539 
8Spatatino(Spat O Lena x Topsail Cal Bar x Im A Topsail Cody)1$500 
9Chicowhiz(Smart Chic Olena x Whizsicle x Topsail Whiz)2$448 
10Steady Smoking Guns(Colonels Smoking Gun x Steady Winder x Steady Tradition)2$371 
11Gotta Chex Your Gun(Spooks Gotta Gun x Chexy Brennas x Brennas Jac)1$247 
12Spark Top(Jacs Electric Spark x Chantilly Whiz x Topsail Whiz)1$169 
13Whos The Whiz Kid(Who Whiz It x Shirleys A Gunner x Colonels Smoking Gun)1$110 
14Call Me Mr Voodoo(Shiners Voodoo Dr x ARC Sassy Snapper x Snapper Cal Bar)1$39