Top junior stallion Hottish has died at the age of 12.
Hottish started his stallion career with a bang last year when son Dual Reyish won the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Championship, landing his sire the sport’s biggest prize in his freshman year at stud. Things didn’t slow down in his sophomore season, and Hottish is now an Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire.
Hott Rox was making his career debut at the Cascades Futurity, but the sorrel gelding put not one, but in two, high-scoring runs on finals night.
On Saturday, May 26, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the draw sheets revealed an incredibly competitive 22-horse field set to compete in the Breeder’s Invitational (BI) Derby Open finals. The 4-year-old open horses had already broken a show record, so cutting fans expected quite a show. They got it!
When Hottish hit the cutting pen in 2011 and went on to accumulate more than $300,000 in just more than three years, it was clear he was a strong force in the industry.
Even though she’s won more than $2 million in cutting, Paula Wood admitted to feeling a few nerves when she walked into the herd as the fifth draw of the Bonanza Cutting 4-Year-Old Non-Pro finals.
Kobie and Paula Wood have another winner on their hands.
Young and talented cutting horses typically make their first impressions at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity. But when Julie Jarma’s mare Blackish was sore before the 2017 premier event, her plans had to shift.