NRHA's First Nine Million Dollar Sire

Topsail Whiz national reining horse association

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has announced their latest top producing sire.

The sky is the limit for the record-breaking Topsail Whiz, as he becomes the first, and only, NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire. His offspring at the 2012 NRHA Futurity made this feat possible by earning over $72,500 to push his Offspring Earnings to new heights. Those money-earners include: CC Chica Whiz (owned by Brent Loseke), CJ Whiz (owned by Euro-Vets Inc.), Hot Chic Whiz (owned by Bob Loomis), USS Whiz (owned by St-Onge Reining Horses Inc.), Whiz Starbrite (owned by Amabile & Strusiner), Whizen Starlight (owned by Robert Peterson) and Whizzer Whiz (owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC). Topsail Whiz’s official NRHA Offspring Earnings are $9,030,000.

Bob Loomis Reining Horses’ Topsail Whiz (Topsail Cody x Jeanie Whiz Bar by Cee Red) is an NRHA Hall of Famer who earned $49,865 in the NRHA show ring. His successes included an All American Quarter Horse Congress Junior Reining Championship, 1991 NRHA Lazy E Classic Open Championship, a third place finish in the 1990 NRHA Open Futurity, and a fourth place finish in the 1991 NRHA Derby. In 2009, the reining community mourned the loss of this great stallion when he was humanely euthanized at Loomis’ ranch in Marietta, Okla.


Chinook Team Penning Year End Awards


Chinook Team Penning

Hi-Pt. #5 Class Rider – Dale Glover (Donna O’Reilly presenting)

Chemistry … if you are lucky enough to have it with your horse and penning partners and combine it with practice and a year-long commitment, it can result in great rewards. Those rewards become reality at the Chinook Penning Banquet held annually, in conjunction with the Regional Finals Show at the Claresholm Agriplex.  Prizes are awarded to 5th place, with the coveted Hi-Point “Becker Buckles” going to the 1st place team in the Open, #10, #7 and #5 Classes.  Hi-Point Riders in those same classes received custom bits from Western Specialties and Reserve riders will be proudly wearing their new jackets. Hi-Point Youth riders also received a custom Becker Buckle. A detailed listing of all the prize winners and pictures from this year’s banquet are available at

Chinook Team Penning

Hi-Pt. #7 Class Rider – J.R. Johnstone (Sonya DiStefano presenting)

Chinook Team Penning

Hi-Pt. #10 Class Rider – Barb Doran (Rick Bond presenting)

Chinook Team Penning

Hi-Pt. Open Class Rider – Chris Thompson (Jaycee Spangler presenting)

The Mill Store Open Class –   Chris, Debbie & Bryan Thompson
Hi-Pt. Open Rider – Chris Thompson       Reserve – Bryan Thompson

Pajak Engineering Ltd. Open  – Bob Bolin, Wendy Wenaas, Carther Rice

Canmark Roofing #10 Class – Barb Doran, Devin  Antony, Hope Poole
Hi-Pt. #10 Rider – Barb Doran      Reserve – Devin Antony

Rolling Mix Concrete #7 Class – Doug Ohlmann, Holly Farkes, Cam Evans
Hi-Poin t#7 Rider – J. R. Johnstone       Reserve – Ray Antony

O’Reilly O’Rena #5 Class – Dale Glover, Clay Glover, Andy Chen
Hi-Point #5 Rider – Dale Glover        Reserve – Carrie Patton

Youth Winners:

Chinook Team Penning

Hi-Pt. Junior Youth – Sonya DiStefano (Samantha & Marcie Hamilton presenting)

Chinook Team Penning

Hi-Pt. Senior Youth – Hope Poole (Samantha & Marcie Hamilton presenting)

Hamilton International Consulting Youth Classes
Senior – Hope Poole       Reserve – Shane Hamilton
Junior – Sonya DiStefano     Reserve  – Haydn Ohlmann

Canadians Win Big at Ohio Congress

The All American Quarter Horse Congress is wrapped up for 2012. The show boasted a list of talented Canadian showmen and horses at the top of their game. From October 5th to 28th at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio, there were 19, 861 class entries (an 10.4 percent increase from 2011), with over 5,000 horses making their way into the show ring.

On the list of champions was Western Whistler. The talented two-year-old stallion took home the Limited Two-Year-Old Stallion and Amateur 2-Yr-Old Stallions Limited Division Reserve Champion titles. The young stud, by Western Gunslinger, owned by Zavaduk Quarter Horses near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, was shown in the limited division by Scott MacKenzie, of Dugald, MB, and in the amateur division by Trevor Zavaduk.

“He showed like a dream.  A lot of the time you forget he is a two-year-old,” said MacKenzie. The trainer commented that the stud will go home after the AQHA World Show to breed some test mares over the winter.

Also on the list of Canadian winners was the stallion Good I Will Be, owned by Sandra Morgan Show Horses, of Langley, BC. The horse was recently purchased at the Rita Crundwell Sale September 24th, at Dixon IL, for $775,000.

There were a number of Canadian entries which made their way to Ohio and took home some prestigious titles. Here is a list of some great northern talent:

Limited Two-Year-Old Stallions Champion
Amateur 2-Yr-Old Stallions Limited Division Reserve Champion
Western Whistler, owned by Zavaduk Quarter Horses, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and shown in Amateur by Trevor Zavaduk

NSBA Maturity $10,000 Limited Horse Open Western Pleasure Stakes Champion 
Sudden Persuasion owned by April Wooster, shown by Laura McAllster

Amateur Select Horsemanship Champion
Zips Fancy Talk, owned and shown by Kim Allen, of Markdale, ON

Senior Western Riding Reserve Champion
Good I Will Be, owned by Sandra Morgan of Langley, BC and shown by Leonard Berryhill of Talala, OK

Novice Youth Trail 14 – 18 Champion
PF Shy Guy owned and shown by Carly Epp of Caledon, ON

Amateur Performance Halter Mares Limited Reserve Champion
Only Invite The Best owned by Dr Candice Hall and Dr Cory Seebach shown by Dr Cory Seebach, of Black Creek, BC

SBB Two-Year-Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure Stakes – Limited Final Reserve Champion
Ur Certainly Invited owned by Dr Cory Seebach and Dr Candice Hall, shown by Dr Candice Hall of Black Creek, BC

NSBA Novice Youth Western Riding 14-18 – 3rd
Novice Youth Western Riding 14 – 18 – 4th
Must Be A Detail owned and shown by Stephanie Willsey of Orillia, ON

AQHA Congress Dirty Sexy Money  Janet and Kent Martin

Novice Amateur Pleasure Driving  5th place winner, Too Hot To Duplicate, owned and shown by Lee Isaacson, Yorkton, SK. Photo by Jeff Kirkbride Photography.

Novice Amateur Pleasure Driving – 4th 
Amateur Pleasure Driving- 8th 
Dirty Sexy Money owned by Janet and Kent Martin, shown by Jennifer Martin – Moorefield, ON

Novice Amateur Pleasure Driving – 5th
Too Hot To Duplicate, owned and shown by Lee Isaacson, Yorkton, SK

Novice Youth Western Pleasure 14-18 – 7th
Youth Western Pleasure (15-18) – 10th
Radiantly Radical owned by Marlo Sandoval, shown by Josee Monvoisin, Gravelbourg, SK

NSBA Novice Amateur Western Pleasure – 8th
Novice Amateur Western Pleasure – 10th
All The Sudden, owned by Brent and Kate Bamford, shown by Kate Bamford of Calgary, AB

Amateur Select Horsemanship – 10th
My Precious Gab, owned by Dr Carole Joubert Gaboury, shown by Carole Joubert Dr Gaboury of Mascouche, QC

Performance Halter Mares-Limited – 11th
Let Good Times Roll, owned by Anne Banman and shown by Scott Mackenzie of  Dugald, MB

Gonna Get You Good Lisa Schiestel

Gonna Get You Good, owned and shown by Lisa Schiestel. Jeff Kirkbride Photography.

NSBA Open Western Longe Line– 14th
Gonna Get You Good, shown by Lisa Schiestel, of  Eckville, AB

These results are based on information provided to the Western Horse Review. 

AB's Horse Breeders and Owners Conference

Jacs Electric Spark NRHA Million Dollar Sire

Jacs Electric Spark National Reining Horse Association NRHA

With the sad passing of Jacs Electric Spark in June, his legend lives on as he is now inducted as one of the prestigious National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar Sires. At the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity in Ardmore, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 20, Electric Jac (owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.), Shock Star Groupie (owned by Mary Sellers), Smart Sparklin Chic (owned by Carri Visser) and Electric Sparks (owned by Kim De Windt) collectively won $10,100 to push Jacs Electric Spark’s unofficial Offspring Earnings over $1,000,000.

Owned by NRHA Professional Troy Heikes, Jacs Electric Spark was shown by Heikes during the sire’s show career to earn a total of $86,000 NRHA LTE. “Sally (Brown), Buck (Hazledine), Andrea and I have dreamt of this day since he was a baby. To experience the journey and now the accomplishment of this special horse is a dream come true,” Heikes said, expressing his joy for the achievement.

Jacs Electric Spark was sired by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark and was out of Miss Hello Hollywood by NRHA’s very first Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Hollywood Jac 86. Some of Jacs Electric Spark’s notable accomplishments were:

  • • 2001 Kansas Reining Horse Association Sunflower Slide Futurity Level 4 Open Champion
  • • 2001 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open division finalist
  • • 2002, 2003, 2004 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open division finalist
  • • 2002, 2003, 2004 National Reining Breeders Classic Derby Level 4 Open division finalist
  • • 2003 and 2004 Canadian Reining Breeders Classic Derby Level 4 Open division third place

CPRA Year-End Winners

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association CPRA CFR

Wayne Vold’s spectacular saddle bronc, Pedro, heads into the Canadian Finals Rodeo (Nov 7 – 11, Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta) as the top Saddle Bronc in Canada for 2012.

“He’s a special horse, no doubt about it.” Vold commented. “He can buck ‘em off or they can be 90 (pts) on him. He’s definitely the Sydney Crosby of my herd.” The seven year old brown gelding was purchased at the 2010 Las Vegas Futurity Bucking Stock Sale for $54,500 from consigner, Darcy Hollingsworth of Eckville, Alberta. The 2012 Bareback Horse of the Year is Calgary Stampede’s, Special Delivery, a six year old stallion sired by Hall of Fame and six time World Champion sire, Grated Coconut out of the perennial CFR mare, Zippy Delivery.

And the 2012 Bull of the Year is Kesler Rodeo Company’s six year old red 1800 pound super star, Whiskey Jack. The bull comes off of a tremendous year and is making his second CFR appearance. The Calgary Stampede, under the leadership of Rodeo Manager, Keith Marrington and Stampede Ranch Foreman, Raymond Goodman, was honored as 2012 Stock Contractor of the Year.

The 2012 Timed Event Horses include: Tie Down Horse of the year – Pincher owned by Chad Johnson; Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year – Pistol – owned by Clayton Moore; Barrel Horse with the Most Heart – Mooney -owned by Cranna Roberts; Team Roping Head Horse of the Year – Stetson – owned by Levi Simpson and Team Roping Healing Horse of the Year – Dunny – owned by Rocky Ross.

All three contract act of the year award winners are repeat recipients: Senlac, Saskatchewan’s CrAsh Cooper is the Comedy Act winner for a seventh time while Niki Flundra of Pincher Creek, Alberta, in the Dress Act category and Sylvan Lake Rodeo Announcer, Brett Gardiner both captured their honors for the second consecutive year.

Several rodeo committees were recognized as well. Committee of the Year awards went to Ponoka, Alberta (large event), La Crete, Alberta (medium event), Maple Creek, Saskatchewan (small event). Most improved ground honors (determined by the barrel racers) went to La Crete, Alberta (large), Maple Creek, Saskatchewan (medium) and Dawson Creek, British Columbia (small). Repeat appearances are also the order of the day for 2012 Canadian Finals Rodeo personnel. 2009 Cowboy of the Year, Gary Rempel (Fort Shaw, Montana) enjoys a record 15th consecutive selection as pick-up man and is joined by Jason Resch (Fort Assiniboine, Alberta) who is making his 5th appearance in Edmonton. Bull fighting cousins, Scott Byrne of Brandon, MB (11 times CFR) and Jesse Byrne of Okotoks, Alberta (4 times CFR) will be back at Rexall Place once again, while Brett Monea (Wetaskiwin, Alberta) will serve as alternate bull fighter. Maxine Baird, (Castor, Alberta) will be at her 24th Canadian Finals, and is joined once again by Ponoka, Alberta’s Brenda Vold who is making an 8th consecutive CFR visit.

The roster of 2012 CFR contestants has been finalized. Go to the CPRA website to get the full run down of who is loading up and heading to Edmonton in November.

~ Courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association:

Newest NRCHA Million Dollar Rider

National Reined Cow Horse Association Corey Cushing CD Diamond

Corey Cushing with the Futurity Open Championship check on CD Diamond. National Reined Cow Horse Association photo.

The National Reined Cow Horse Association has named their latest million dollar rider. Corey Cushing has been added to the list and according to the NRCHA, he is their youngest member ever to establish this significant accomplishment.

It’s been a great year for Corey Cushing. He fulfilled the promise of his considerable talents most visibly when he rode CD Diamond (CD Olena x Shiners Diamond Girl x Shining Spark), owned by San Juan Ranch, to a $100,000 victory at the 2012 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. He qualified four horses for the Open finals and walked away from the event with over $158,000 in earnings.

That’s enough excitement for anyone – but there was more to the story for Cushing. The numbers are now in, the money is counted and credited to his account, and his Futurity earnings, added to winnings from previous late-season shows, have pushed him over the Million Dollar milestone – making him, at 32, the youngest rider in National Reined Cow Horse Association history to ever become a Million Dollar Rider.

For Cushing, reaching the milestone was a goal. “I knew I was getting close; my wife Kristen and I were keeping tabs from the first of the year. I’ve been having a great year with the Derby horses – at the Stakes and NRCHA Derby. We knew when we left for Reno, we were close.”

Corey was quick to credit part of his accomplishment to the contributions of others. “Our family, friends and customers are outstanding. They’ve supported me and I’ve been blessed with good horses – the kind that everyone dreams of.”

He added that he thought the most important thing – at any point in a career – was to never, ever stop learning. “I was up at Benny Guitron’s before the futurity getting his opinion on some things and putting on some finishing touches. Earlier in the year, Phillip Ralls helped me with my herd work. Last year Don Murphy helped me down the fence – gave me some things to do differently – new ideas. That helps me pay more attention to the little things that can cost me points.”

His best advice to other riders. “Don’t be afraid to go ask for help or advice. Everyone out there has been in that position of needing help so don’t hesitate to ask. Respect that older generation, too. They had horses that were harder to train than some of the horses we have these days and the different ways they approached that and trained can help us today. We might be missing something that one of them, from experience, has seen before. Try to use that knowledge.”

So what will the new Millionaire Rider do to celebrate? “When we heard the news we kind of joked around about having a party. We probably will – but I’d rather it be a situation where I can just enjoy my friends instead of so much about me – it’s more fun to hang out than to be the highlight.”

And the biggest celebration for the Cushings will likely come about January 6, when Corey, his wife Kristen and son Caleb, will welcome their new baby to the family.

Corey Cushing

Corey and NRCHA Hall of Fame Rider, Doug Williamson, who passed the Million Dollar mark at the Snaffle Bit Futurity, will be honored at the 2013 Snaffle Bit Futurity with the signature Carol Owens bronzes. A poignant event – to be sure – as Williamson, at 70, will be the oldest to ever achieve the distinction!

CPRA Regular Season Wrap-Up

Canadian Professional Rodeo Association

This information is courtesy of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association:

Baillie Milan will be back in next month’s Canadian Finals Rodeo mix.

The 30-year-old Cochrane bulldogger turned over a black and white steer in 3.4 seconds on the last afternoon of Canadian professional rodeo’s regular season at Hanna to catch the 12th and last qualifying hole for the CFR at Edmonton. Milan went into the rodeo 15th in the Canadian standings, but his run paid $1,160 and shot his earnings for the season to $12,854. It was just enough to knock Todd Woodward, the 2007 Canadian champion from Lethbridge, out of the Edmonton lineup.

Woodward, who picked up fourth money at the McCord, Sask., rode the night before, was shut out at Hanna and finished the season with income of $12,635, a difference of a mere $219.

“I had a pretty good idea I was going to be within a couple of hundred bucks either way,” said Milan, “but I didn’t find out for sure I made it until I got home. It’s a great feeling because I haven’t for two years. I had a chance last year, went into the last weekend and won McCord but didn’t do any good at Hanna and ended up 14th ($835 out of it).”

The last three days of the season turned out to be somewhat historic. In past years, the two closing weekend rodeos will only result in one, rarely two, falling out of the standings’ top 12.

This time, there were a shocking six, one in each event except for the bull riding. Wyoming saddle bronc rider Chet Johnson, the 2009 Canadian champion, won Hanna and placed at McCord, built his seasonal take to $12,094, went from 13th to 11th in the standings and moved Justin Meston from Tees, Alta.

In the bareback riding, veteran Jason Wheeler, from Medicine Hat, placed at both rodeos and nudged out Bonnyville’s Kevin Langevin to qualify for his first CFR.

Another former Canadian champion, tie-down roper Al Bouchard, from Scandia, Alta., put on a big move, winning Hanna and cashing a split of second at McCord, to pick up a weekend leading $2,053. That boosted his earnings to $13,699 and carried him in to ninth in the rankings from 13th. Rimbey auctioneer Dean Edge fell out of the mix.

On occasion, it doesn’t take much to put a new shine on a season.

That was the case for Medicine Hat barrel racer Steffanie Mather, the 2011 Canadian Cowboys Association champion. She wound up eighth at Hanna to earn $166 and wind up the season with $11,106. It was just enough to give her the last CFR qualifying spot. Kirsty White finished with $11,087, just $39 out of it.

The only other late qualifier was Camrose header Brett McCarroll in the team roping. He and brother Cody picked up just over $1,000 at the two rodeos, lifting Brett into 12th place in the header rankings with $8,366. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get Cody to the CFR. That means Brett will have to hook up with an unpartnered heeler. The weekend action also brought about one change at the top end of the standings. Scott Schiffner, the season-long bull riding leader, was overtaken by Merritt, B.C., youngster Ty Pozzobon. Schiffner won McCord; Pozzobon topped Hanna. Pozzobon finished at $33,573, Schiffner at $32,724. And, with the roster set, 2012 Canadian Finals Rodeo action should be exciting!

AQHA Region One Championships

Region 1 AQHA 2012

Champion Novice Youth – Talk About Royal & Cassie Chriest
Reserve Novice Youth – Lopin Lola & Hannah Way. Photo credit Sierra Breeze Photography

The AQHA Region One  Championships took place at the Tacoma Unit in Spanaway, Wash., from August 14-19, 2012. This was the first year that Washington has hosted an AQHA Region One Championship show. The successful event exhibited over 1095 entries; including the cattle classes, All Breed and concurrent AQHA classes. Previous championships have taken place in Redmond Oregon, Nampa Idaho, and Langley, BC.

Attending the show on behalf of the AQHA were Tom Persechino, Executive Director of Competitions and Breed Integrity and AQHA Executive Committee member George Philips and his wife Nicole. A free social event was hosted by the affiliates each evening, serving at least 200 guests from Wednesday to Saturday.

Excellent learning clinics were presented by Jack Brizendine, part of Team Wrangler; Halter presentation on the Thursday; Mike and May Edwards with a Trail clinic on Wednesday; Lisa Friemark on Showmanship on the Thursday; Mark Bolender and Extreme Trail on the Friday; Genny Miller with Horsemanship on Saturday. The Friday Night Extravaganza offered an exciting jousting demonstration.

The AQHA Judges for the Championship event were Bill Enk and Whizzer Baker. AQHA concurrent class judges were Bill Enk and Robbin Jung. The Trail Challenge judge was Mark Bolender.

AQHA Region 1

Champion Youth – Zip Onto The Freeway & Lauren Anderson
Reserve Youth – Phat Asset & Graysen Stroud. Photo credit Sierra Breeze Photography

AQHA Region 1

Champion Novice Amateur – Exclusive Iron & Charlene White
Reserve Novice Amateur – Oughta Be Western & Tina Maynard. Photo credit Sierra Breeze Photography

AQHA Region 1

Champion Amateur –  Oughta Be Western & Tina Maynard
Reserve Amateur – A Natural Dancer & Rebecca Moore. Photo credit Sierra Breeze Photography

Champion Select – Versionaire & Cindy Nakahara; Reserve Select – Impuslively Gold & Liz Workland

Champion Open –  Zip Onto the Freeway  &Tami McClure; Reserve Open – Exclusive Iron and Todd Hovru

Champion All Breed 13 & Under – Beauz Invited & Kinsey Ayres; Reserve All Breed 13 & Under – Whata Foxy Chic & Lucie Lundquist

Champion All Breed 14-18 – Talk About Royal & Cassie Chriest; Reserve All Breed 14-18  – Phat Asset & Graysen Stroud

AQHA Region One Pictures maybe ordered