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Scooters Daisy Dukes * Photo from NRCHA

Scooters Daisy Dukes becomes first NRCHA $1 Million Dam

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) proudly announced its first-ever NRCHA Million Dollar Dam, Scooters Daisy Dukes (Dual Smart Rey x Scooters Playmate x Freckles Playboy).

Owned by Aaron Cook, the 2009 sorrel Quarter Horse mare’s offspring have collected more than $1,036,175 in official NRCHA Lifetime Earnings. Her two highest-earning horses are Scooter Kat (2015 Quarter Horse stallion; by Kit Kat Sugar; LTE $600,000+) and Hazardouz Material (2016 Quarter Horse stallion; by Metallic Cat; LTE $637,711).

“She’s a unicorn, and I got very lucky,” Cook shared. The former Major League Baseball pitcher came to the horse world through his wife, Jennifer, who’s a lifelong horsewoman, specializing in barrel racing. After retiring from baseball in 2013, Cook took up trail riding, and his competitive streak led him to want more, which led him to cutting.

“I was at home asleep when my wife bought Scooters Daisy Dukes,” he recalled. “She knew I was looking for an amateur cutting horse and bought the mare in one of the Western Bloodstock Sales. She called me and told me to hook up the trailer to come and get my horse. Then she called me back and told me to bring the bigger trailer, because the mare came with three recipient mares carrying her babies.”

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During her aged-event career, Scooters Daisy Dukes won the Amateur at the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes with then-owner Gary Rosenbach. She retired with nearly $100,000 in earnings. * Hart Photos

Talk about luck: one of those recipient mares was bred to Metallic Cat and the other two to Kit Kat Sugar, and one of the mare’s sons, only a yearling, was about to embark on a journey that would make him the highest-earning NRCHA horse in history.

“The Metallic Cat-bred mare foaled Hazardouz Material, which we sold to Linda Mars and Erin Taormino has shown,” Cook said. “Next thing I know, everybody is talking about Scooter Kat [owned by Eric Freitas and shown by Justin Wright, which became NRCHA’s highest-earning horse]. Once those two horses started showing, I had all kinds of people calling and asking if we had any babies out of her for sale.”

Today, Scooters Daisy Dukes lives out her retirement on the Cooks’ ranch in Oklahoma. She has her own acre of pasture to enjoy, with a neighboring 24-year-old retired mare and a mule as her neighbors.

“When Emily [Konkel, NRCHA Executive Director] called me to tell me about the achievement, it didn’t register at first what a big deal it is,” Cook said. “I didn’t realize she’s the first mare to have a million dollars in offspring earnings. She’s a huge blessing. We weren’t planning on this, but it has turned out to be a life-changing decision for us.”

“To see the first NRCHA Million Dollar Dam is monumental for NRCHA,” Konkel shared. “Scooters Daisy Dukes has produced some of the greatest cow horses of all time, and we’re fortunate to be able to see her offspring in action. We’re so proud to recognize this incredible mare for her achievements. Congratulations to Aaron and Scooters Daisy Dukes.”

Scooter Kat is the All-Time Leading Earning Reined Cow Horse * Photo by Anna Krause