Sleepy Cat


BY JENN WEBSTER (Archive from 2005 Western Horse Breeders Guide, presented by Western Horse Review)

He was a dun-colored paragon 
of athleticism, beauty and charm, and was single-handedly credited for “…bringing back the Quarter Horse industry to life in Alberta,” as stated by a yellowed Calgary, November 28, 1959, newspaper archive of The Herald Magazine.

Foaled in 1938 in Colorado, Sleepy Cat was imported by brothers Jac and Allie Streeter of Stavely, Alberta in March of 1942. According to the first edition of The Butte Stands Guard, a historical book from the Stavely, Alberta area, this stallion was the first ever, registered Quarter Horse in Canada. There’s no doubt that following his importation into the country, Sleepy Cat clearly played a significant role in the Canadian Quarter Horse industry. In fact, The Herald Magazine went so far as to praise this influential Canadian sire for the probability that one day he would likely “…take the same position as Old Sorrel holds in the Quarter Horse story in the United States.”

Sleepy Cat was a versatile stallion 
who bore the American Quarter Horse Association registration number 620. He was a son of Red Dog (AQHA #55) by Ballamooney, and out of Fatima (AQHA #58), by Old Sheik. Sleepy Cat’s lineage traces back to the immortal beginnings of the AQHA and some of the most famous names in the blue book of Quarter Horses. Through circumstances, he is also linked to the original forefathers of the association – the gentlemen who first brought the AQHA registry to fruition.

Sleepy Cat was foaled in Whitewater, Colorado and was raised by Jack Casement, a prominent breeder of Quarter Horses and a most influential founder of the AQHA. Jack was involved with the AQHA from its earliest, most primitive beginnings. According to Volume 1 of the AQHA Stud Book and Registry, it was the dream of the late William Anson (Christoval, Texas) to record the origin and attributes of the Quarter Horse breed, and it is a well-known fact that Dan Casement of Manhattan, Kansas also “contributed to the general store of knowledge concerning these horses.” However, it remained an “untouched field” until the writings of Jack Casement (son to Dan), and Robert M. Denhardt of College Station, Texas, “drew the spotlight of public attention to the Quarter Horse.” Their articles to various magazines “found a surprising response among breeders and users of Quarter Horses throughout the west.”

Subsequent to this, the first serious discussion of a Quarter Horse organization was held in 1939. An informal meeting that included Denhardt among others, “formed the nucleus of an ever-increasing group of Quarter Horse enthusiasts and on behalf of this group a general invitation was extended to all interested parties for a meeting to be held in Fort Worth on March 15th, 1940, during the annual Fat Stock Show.”

On March 14, 1940, a preliminary meeting was held where both Dan and Jack attended and agreed to help with the preliminary work involved in the “foaling of such an organization.” After the official meeting was adjourned on the eve of the following day, it was reconvened as the first meeting of the American Quarter Horse Association and both Casements were elected to the newly appointed board of directors – Dan as an Honorary Vice President and Jack as a Director.

Back to Sleepy Cat. Jac and Allie Streeter were the sons of Harry and Mary Streeter. The Streeters had purchased the land that would become the “Streeter Outfit” in 1919, near Willow Creek, Alberta. It had previously belonged to James Ford. Harry was a long time aficionado of horses and can be credited with the production of one of the first indoor rodeos in Canada which he put on in 1929 at the Stavely, Alberta, skating rink. Additionally, he often held two-day rodeos on their ranch during the 1930s. Harry then turned to racehorses in the 1940s – Thoroughbreds, Arabians and Quarter Horses – and owned one of the largest racing stables in western Canada until he passed away in 1949. Harry’s sons had purchased the ranch from him in 1946.

Both Jac and Allie followed closely in their father’s footsteps and were excellent horsemen. When they found out the good horse, Sleepy Cat, was at Jack Casement’s place, they jumped in a truck and brought him home to Stavely. Both the paternal and maternal sides of Sleepy Cat’s pedigree could be traced to the Steel Dust legacy and the stallion would offer much to the Streeter breeding operation. Steel Dust was a Quarter Horse “type” foaled in 1843 who attracted much attention in the southwestern states as a sire of running and cow horses. Sleepy Cat inherited the fabled Steel Dust profile – the smooth and compact shape, short back and deep barrel – without falling heir to Steel Dust’s single flaw, a bulging jaw. Sleepy Cat’s head was more refined and charming, and he possessed a mind and temperament to match. He had “an ideal disposition – mild and tractable as a breeding or working animal and highly intelligent.”

Sleepy Cat earned equal credentials in the show pen as he did as a sire. At the 1945 Calgary Stampede, he was declared Champion Rope Horse  – winning on the same day Jac and Alice Smith were married. Sleepy Cat won many laurels over the years, appearing in numerous cutting contests and roping events. He was sire to at least 200 foals during the course of his life in Alberta and was often used for the breeding of Campbell mares in the Ad Day Quarter Horse operation, owned at the time by Alf Campbell of Alberta. The Herald Magazine credits this mating as that “…which brought the Quarter Horse Industry back to life in Alberta and established it in the almost fabulous manner we know today.”

Sleepy Cat was held in such high esteem as a sire that often he was claimed as the sire, or grandsire of horses who never so much as nickered “over the fence to him.” Of some 200 foals, only 28 were ever registered with the AQHA and all are now deceased. However, of those 28 horses was Black Gnat, a black gelding owned by Coy and Casement of Buffalo, Wyoming. Black Gnat was the only documented performing offspring of Sleepy Cat and achieved his Open Performance Register of Merit in 1952. Many of the other listed registered horses were owned by Streeters or Campbells. Sleepy Cat was known to ranchers as a “solid gentleman,” and often stood to outside mares, so it’s likely the rest of his foals exceeded in ranch duties, cow horse and roping events and were scattered across western Canada.

In July of 1959, the much-loved stallion passed away quietly at age 22 in 
Streeter’s pasture. Gone but never to be forgotten, the horse’s epilogue would read, “undoubtedly it was Sleepy Cat and his offspring which stimulated the first [Canadian] interest and activity in the Quarter Horse business…”

Turning Them Out

Stallion-and-mareUnder the right circumstances, pasture breeding can be an effective technique for breeding operations to maximize their foal crops, while minimizing costs. Yet, with the demand for higher control over mating’s, plus the high values of individual mares and stallions, pasture breeding is a technique that often results in an increased conception rate in a world already riddled with too many unwanted horses. Even so, pasture breeding is a convenient approach to producing foals and may prove beneficial big and small. Here are some of the considerations to keep in mind when considering pasture breeding for your operation.

In simple terms, pasture breeding involves placing a stallion in with a band of mares to encourage natural breeding behavior. Unlike artificial insemination or hand-breeding, there is little human interaction involved. Ideally, the horses are turned out in an area that is big enough to encourage grazing and without small,confined corners where individuals can become cornered. Fencing should be adequate, shelter should be provided and the animals must have appropriate access to feed and water. Additionally a stallion should not be able to contact other horses on the opposite side of the fence, as this can sometimes lead to territorial problems, unnecessary altercations or unwanted breeding’s. If foals remain at the sides of mares involved in pasture breeding, the area should also be secure and designed properly for foals. If mares will be giving birth in the same pasture, this is typically not an issue, however the area should be designed and maintained for safe foaling as well.

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The Disadvantages

Once a stallion is introduced into a harem of mares, the horses are seldom handled individually in the environment. Care must be taken prior to introducing the stallion with mares to ensure that all horses involved are infection-free. An infected mare can contaminate a stallion, who will in turn contaminate the other mares. Screening of reproductive infections should take place prior to introducing the animals together in a pasture.

Close observation and care of the animals can be difficult especially if the stallion becomes overprotective. Additionally, there is a potential for injury to both the mares and the stallion in a pasture situation. Nicks and scrapes are one thing but a stallion receiving a kick to the testicles from an unwilling mare is a very real possibility too. Plus, her dynamics and acceptance of the horses of one another are other factors that play key in pasture breeding.

It is possible for a stallion to reject a mare or certain mares. It is also possible for a stallion unaccustomed to “life on the range” due to a long history in the race or show arena, be unsure as his new position as a breeding animal. Some stallions take to a natural breeding program with no problem, while others may be confused by elements like creeks, uneven ground or even a mare in full heat. Inexperience stallions may require a paddock next to the mares (or a single mare) for a short while to help provide positive experiences and “education” – and ensure a stallion should be added to the group.

Safety is a primary concern with this breeding technique and one of the biggest limiting factors of pasture breeding. Some stallions may react violently when another animal or human approaches the herd, which makes the practice dangerous for a novice horse breeder. Additionally, the number of mares a pastured stallion can service is limited in comparison to breeding through other techniques such as artificial insemination – one of the biggest reasons it has become a less commonly used strategy in the equine industry.

The Advantages

The fact that very little hands-on involvement from humans can be done in a pasture environment can also be one of the biggest advantages of this process. Much less time consuming than teasing mares and preparing them for artificial insemination or hand-breeding, pasture breeding requires less from an owner and often results in a increased conception rate. (In a pasture situation, 20 to 40 mares per season is a reasonable number to expect a stallion to cover. Pasture breeding also typically garners high conception rates in healthy animals.)

Increased receptivity in shy mares and a relaxed attitude in mares that are opposed to restraints, stocks or other management-related stresses are additional benefits seen from pasture breeding. The practice may also be more economical for some breeders as there is a reduced need for stalls, breeding equipment and an experienced technician.

A Natural Situation Needs Forethought

Depending on the circumstances of a specific breeding farm, pasture breeding can be very beneficial. Careful consideration into all of the technique’s aspects should be weighed with insight from veterinarians and experienced breeders before entering into a pasture breeding plan. Although natural breeding situations can be very successful, they can also result in severe economic loss when they are executed carelessly.

Know Your Breeding Contract


Planning for a foal is exciting. Yet, the road to putting four tiny hooves on the ground requires more than 12 months of advance planning. There’s a proper mating to consider, paperwork to read through and a budget to stick to: Unless you prefer unexpected, financial losses.

As mare owner, you will have certain expectations when you enter into a breeding agreement with a stallion owner or manager. If your contract does not adequately address your concerns, it is your responsibility to understand what your contract states, before signing it. Specifically, you should understand your fees and which of them may or may not be refundable. And always remember, any services performed by a veterinarian are not included in the set of fees seen on a breeding contract. Veterinarian fees are in addition to a stallion agreement.

Whether you work with a veterinarian or breeding facility to get your mare in foal, Canadians in particular, should research what the contract says about procedures that must be followed to order shipped semen. For example, does a particular stallion require same-day delivery? What happens if the stallion owner receives numerous requests for shipped semen on the same day and cannot honor them all? Further to this notion, it’s wise for mare owners to understand what happens with fees paid if the stallion (or mare for that matter), is sold before the contract is complete.

Mare owners should also pay attention to the stallion’s breeding season duration and know the last day he is available for service. And if the mare is not confirmed pregnant prior to the end of the season, know how many breeding seasons you will be able to keep trying to breed your mare.

Breeding contracts are usually also very specific regarding what type and when, pregnancy checks are required. Some contracts will even state who must perform a check and the type of documentation that must be submitted to the breeder. Breeding soundness can be an entirely different frustration so it’s best to understand what your worst case scenario is, before entering into an agreement.

And beyond all of the above, breeding contract foal assurances are another important aspect to consider, prior to first stage labour. Many breeding contracts will often ease a mare owner’s mind with the promise of a Live Foal Guarantee. Often a live foal is defined as a foal that stands and nurses. However, keep in mind that just because a foal can get to its feet and take a drink, does not necessarily mean it is a healthy baby. Say for instance, you have bred a Paint to a Paint stallion – does your contract consider the possibility of lethal white syndrome?

Lastly, mare owners must fully understand what state or province’s law will apply, and where parties must bring a claim, should one occur. Just because a semen shipment is sent to Canada, does not mean the Canadian justice system can defend a mare owner in the event a breeding contract is not carried to completion.

And while a breeding agreement may seem daunting to begin with, the end result of a beautiful foal is worth every worry. Enter into the contract knowing the real cost of breeding your mare will be more than simply just the stud fee and all parties involved will consequently have a better, working relationship.

Frozen semen tanks.

Frozen semen tanks.

Common Terms & Definitions of a Breeding Contract:

• Parties of the Contract – The names of the owners of both the mare and stallion should begin the contract. This section should include the address and phone numbers for both parties.
Stallion – The stud must be clearly identified, including his registration number(s). His location must also be specified, in addition to the season year he will be standing there.
Stud Fee – This one-time fee is for the stallion’s services. Some fees are required in full prior to shipping semen or insemination of a mare. Other stallion owners/managers may request only part of the stud fee, with the balance remaining to be paid in full once the mare is confirmed pregnant. *Price range for western performance stallions can be anywhere from $250 to a private treaty.

• Booking Fee – This fee is charged to reserve a place for your mare in the breeding schedule. Usually, the booking fee is non-refundable and due at the time you enter into the breeding contract. May be included, or in addition to, the stud fee, so read your contract carefully.  *Price range $100-$5,000.
Farm Fee – This fee goes straight to the stallion station or farm responsible for standing the stallion. It can cover the service of collecting the stud and preparing the semen for shipment, or insemination. This is not a common fee on stallion contracts. *Price range $100-$800.
Chute Fee – This fee is for mares that are on site for breeding and to cover the costs and time of teasing or watching her heat cycles. This fee should always be for “on farm” breedings only. *Price range $100-$600.
Semen Shipping Deposits and Fees – Equitainers or specialized containers required to ship semen are expensive pieces of equipment and therefore, many stallion owners require a deposit on them before they will ship the container out. However, this fee is usually refundable if the container is returned in a timely manner and in the same shape it was sent in. This fee may or may not also include courier services *Price range $50-$500.
Shipping Fee – This is commonly a collection and processing fee for the stallion station. Do not confuse it with a semen shipping fee as sometimes, they are two different fees. Some stallion stations may charge a shipping fee and then send a shipment collect. Although these fees will likely be outlined in your contract, they may be confusing at first. It is recommended to speak with the stallion station to go over all fees to prevent surprises. *Price range $50-$450.
Collection Fee – The stallion station or manager may charge a fee every time the stallion is collected to be shipped to the mare. Often the first shipment is included in the breeding fee, with additional shipments at a specific cost. Review your contract for details. *Price range – $75 to $400.
Handling Fee – In addition to the collection fee, a fee for the handling per collection is charged by the stallion owner to the mare owner. This fee is non-refundable and sometimes is blended in with a farm fee or a semen shipping fee. * Price range $75-$150.

Happy breeding season!

Happy breeding season!

A Stallion Station Redefining The Industry

At Silver Spurs Equine LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, proud owners Michelle and Michael Miola, are passionate about managing and raising the best horses for the western performance horse industry.  As you browse across their stallion roster, you will recognize the names of their stallions, on the pedigrees of today’s top performers. Silver Spurs Equine LCC’s horses are simply, bred and managed to win.

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Conquistador Whiz (LTE $110, 225, OE $1,500,000), is one of the many top western performance stallions, that call Silver Spurs Equine LLC home.

The bloodlines showcased within their stallion alley, are packed with horsepower. Their team of influential sires includes: NRHA leading sire Boomernic (Reminic x Docs Leavem Smoke) OE $1,950,000;  Conquistador Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Sugarita Chex) OE $1,500,000;  Spooks Gotta Gun (Grays Starlight x Katie Gun) OE $400,000; Einsteins Revolution (Great Resolve x Fly Flashy Jac) LTE $352,720; Big Chex To Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun) LTE: $220,160;  Tinker With Guns (Colonels Smoking Gun x Tinker Nic) LTE: $336,966; Nic It In The Bud (Reminic x Genuine Redbud) LTE: $148,765; Boom Shernic (Boomernic x She And Chic Dunit)  LTE $400,000.  is the ultimate dream team of stallions.

Amongst their Junior Stallion category, are five high caliber up and comers destined to also become industry greats. Their list includes: Finest China Rose (Footworks Finest x Smart China Rose); Haboomamatada (Boomernic x Fives Litte Lena); Catatomic (High Brow Cat x Miss Dual Cherlena); Ruf Conqueror (Conquistador Whiz x Lil Ruf N Trouble); Captain Barbossa (Gallo Del Cielo x Hustlers Sugar).

Recently, Silver Spurs Equine LLC acquired two new stallions to their list of trend setters. In 2013, the team welcomed multiple US National Arabian Reining Champion Stallion What It Takes (Ga N Khredible x Sonoma Sensation) and Docs Soula (Soula Julie Star x Docs Hickory Nut), to their barns. These two new sires, offer leading Pure Arab and Half Arab bloodline potential to their breeding program.

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Silver Spurs Equine LLC’s sale preview on November 1st, 2013.

The team’s first annual production sale in 2013, offered an exclusive list prospects sired by their senior stallion lineup. The 2014 sale, is also expected to offer a stellar showcase of the Silver Spurs Equine LLC breeding program. For updates on their annual sale, make sure to check their website for upcoming news and events throughout the season.

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Assistant trainer Lee Bielefedt exhibits Lot 39, Lomasi Command (Docs Frizzie Command X Money Honey), prior to the Silver Spurs Equine LLC’s first annual production sale.

The Miolas and the team at Silver Spurs Equine LLC, have a quest to offer nothing but the best. Make sure to check out their website or follow their page on Facebook. Their breeding program is unmistakably marking the leader boards today and preparing the champions of tomorrow.

Spooks Gotta Gun Silver Spurs Equine

Spooks Gotta Gun (Grays Starlight x Katie Gun) LTE $81,000; OE $400,000+

Another Milestone for Smart Spook

smartspookSmart Spook reached another milestone in his career by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) 13th Two Million Dollar Sire. Helping him reach this milestone was Colonels Smart Spook, owned by Sally Amabile and shown by NRHA Professional and Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson. Colonels Smart Spook’s first place finish in the World Championship Shootout held during the NRHA Futurity helped push his sire, Smart Spook, over the two million dollar mark.

Smart Spook, a 2001 stallion, owned and bred by Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg, is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook (by Grays Starlight). With $403,150 in NRHA lifetime earnings, it’s safe to say Smart Spook had a successful show career including the following wins:

2004 NRHA Futurity Level(L) 4 Open Champion with Shawn Flarida

2005 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion with Shawn Flarida

2005 AQHA Junior Reining World Champion with Shawn Flarida

Earner of six gold medals in FEI World Reining Masters competition

His top-earning offspring include:

Custom Spook (out of Custom Spinderella): $184,400 NRHA LTE, owned by Million Dollar Owner Rancho Oso Rio LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity L4 Open finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby L4 Open finalist, 2012 NRBC L3 Open finalist, 2013 NRBC L3 Open finalist

Red Stripe Spook (out of Ms Red Capri): $175,800 NRHA LTE, owned by Bonnie Hippensteel; 2010 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion, 2013 NRBC L4 Open finalist

Spook Off Sparks (out of Setting Off Sparks): $142,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Silver Spurs Equine; 2011 NRHA Cowtown L4 Open finalist, 2011 Scottsdale Classic Futurity L4 Open Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity L4 Open Reserve Champion

Spooks N Sparks (out of Whizicle): $100,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Tamarack Ranch LLC; 2011 NRHA Futurity L3 Non Pro Champion and L4 Non Pro Champion, 2012 NRBC L4 Non Pro finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby L4 Non Pro finalist

Jacs Lil Spook (out of Miss Whoa Jac): $94,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Ruben Pacheco Cuevas; 2010 NRHA Futurity L1 Open finalist, L2 Open finalist and L3 Open finalist; 2011 NRBC L1 Open Champion, L2 Open Champion, L3 Open Reserve Champion, and L4 finalist; 2011 NRHA Derby L1 Open finalist and L2 Open finalist.

NRHA’s Newest Four Million Dollar Sire

NRHA’s newest Four Million Dollar Sire, Shining Spark.

Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen –The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is excited to announce that 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee Shining Spark has become the associations sixth Four Million Dollar Sire. This historic milestone puts him among others such as Hollywood Dun It, Topsail Whiz, Smart Chic Olena, Gunner, and Wimpys Little Step. His offspring has won a total of $4,041,790 to date.

The 1989 stallion owned by Carol Rose is by Genuine Doc and out of NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Diamonds Sparkle. Not only has Shining Spark led a successful career as a sire but a successful show career as well, earning over $55,000 with riders like Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Loomis and Three Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Tim McQuay behind the reins. Some of his greatest achievements include:
  • 1992 NRHA Futurity Open Finalist, ridden by Bob Loomis
  • 1993 Lazy E Classic Open Reserve Champion, ridden by Bob Loomis
  • 1994 NRHA Derby Open Champion, ridden by Tim McQuay
  • 1994 Lazy E Classic Open Reserve Champion, ridden by Tim McQuay
Shining Spark’s owner, Carol Rose, was thrilled to hear about the honor and said, “I’m so proud for all of us and for Shining Spark. We don’t think about the milestones each day. We just keep raising foals, showing and trying to do the best we possibly can. We are so thankful to the owners, trainers and breeders that have Shining Spark offspring. We couldn’t have achieved this without their support.” She continued talking about the stallion, “Shining Spark is one of very few stallions that have reached this level with successful offspring in both NRHA and National Reined Cowhorse Association competition. I’m so very proud of him. I hope he knows the impact he’s made.”His top money- earning offspring include:

  • Shining N Sassy (Shining Spark x Sassy O Lena): $232,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Roxanne Koepsell; 2008 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, 2009 NRBC Level 4 Open and Open Mare finalist, 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open and Open Mare finalist
  • Miss Rey O Shine (Shining Spark x Miss Rey O Lena): $159,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Bahn Quarter Horses; 2007 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2008 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist and Open Mare Reserve Champion, 2008 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open finalist, 2009 NRBC Level4 Open finalist and Open Mare Reserve Champion
  • Shine On Line (Shining Spark x Oaks Little Diamond): $110,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Justin Mathison and Mary Jansma; 2009 SWRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Champion and Level 4 Open finalist, 2010 NRBC Open finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open finalist, 2012 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist
  • Just Gotta Shine (Shining Spark x Zans Pretty Penny): $103,900 NRHA LTE, owned by Wolfgang Becker; 2001 NRHA Futurity Non Pro and Limited Non Pro finalist, 2002 NRHA Derby Intermediate Non Pro finalist, 2004 NRBC Non Pro Reserve Champion, 2004 NRHA Derby Non Pro Reserve Champion, 2006 World Reining Trophy Non Pro Reserve Champion, 2006 Mallorca Western Festival #1 Open Reserve Champion,
  • Sailing Spark (Shining Spark x Topsail Maid): $94,200 NRHA LTE, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA; 2000 NRHA Futurity Open finalist, 2001 NRBC Level 4 Open finalist, 2001 NRHA Derby Open finalist

Gunner Succumbs to Laminitis


Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as “Gunner”, lost his battle with laminitis this morning. The National Reining Horse Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire, owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay was humanely put down after spending the last week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, Texas under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll.

Simply, Gunner was a horse for the ages. When he made his center-stage debut at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in 1998, the reining world fell in love with the diminutive sorrel with the floppy ears and white tail. After tying for the NRHA Futurity Open Reserve title as a 3-year-old, he went on win the US Equestrian Team Reining Championship in 2001. He was immortalized as a Breyer Horse and finished his career with earnings over $177,000.

The McQuays have owned Gunner since 2005, and in those ensuing years, his record as a sire elevated him to legendary status. His outstanding offspring include 2009 NRHA Futurity and 2010 Derby Open Champion, Gunnatrashya. Gunner has sired numerous Futurity and Derby finalists and champions, in both the Open and Non Pro divisions, including 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, Americasnextgunmodel, 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, Gunners Tinseltown, and 2012 NRHA Non Pro Co-Champion, Customized Gunner. Gunner has also sired Gunners Special Nite, winner of the individual Gold medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.

Attendees at the 2013 National Reining Horse Association Derby who watched Jordan Larson ride HF Mobster (Gunner X Dun Its Black Gold) to the Open Championship and Mandy McCutcheon ride Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner X Always A Dunit) to the Non Pro Championship had no knowledge that the great stallion had already begun to suffer from the first signs of laminitis.

As the word spread of Gunner’s demise, his owners immediately began to receive texts and calls from all over the globe, further evidence of the great stallion’s popularity and impact. Tim McQuay noted, “We appreciate everyone who supported Gunner through his career–he had a great team.  He will be laid to rest next to Hollywood Dun It on our farm.  We will truly miss him.”

Colleen McQuay added, Gunner was a sweet happy horse, and when I look at all he has given us I can only be grateful for the time we shared with him.  Losing him leaves another hole in our hearts.”

New Five Million Dollar Sire

Wimpys Little Step joins four other NRHA Five Million Dollar sires.

In less than a year after achieving the four million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step has become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Five Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the fifth horse to earn this achievement and puts him in the ranks alongside Gunner, Smart Chic Olena, Topsail Whiz and Hollywood Dun It.

The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. Wimpys Little Step is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, Okla. where he currently stands.  With limited showing in 2002, ridden by NRHA’s only Four Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Wimpys Little Step racked up an impressive show record with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of over $185,000.

  • The Tradition Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion
  • All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Level 4 Open Champion
  • NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion

His top earning progeny include:

  • Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena): $514,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Double Run Farm, currently owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A.; NRHA’s current lifetime earning leader and only horse to consecutively win the NRHA Futurity, National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA Derby; 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2009 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open third place, 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion and Open Mare Champion, 2010 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open fourth place, 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee
  • RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson by Doc Wilson): $352,000 NRHA LTE, bred by Bernie Paetzel, currently owned by Molly Morgenstern; 2007 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Finalist, 2008 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2008 NRBC Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, 2009 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2009 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2010 Wimpys Little Step Derby Level 4 Open Champion, 2010 NRBC Level 4 Open Finalist, 2010 Alltech™ FEI World Equestrian Games Team Gold Medalist
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun by Hollywood Dun It): $255,800 NRHA LTE, currently owned by Madalyn Roberts; 2010 NRBC Level 4 Non Pro third place, 2011 NRBC Challenge Open Champion, 2011 Cactus Reining Classic Maturity Challenge Level 4 Open Champion, 2011 Reining By The Bay Maturity Level 4 Open Champion, 2011 Open World Championship Shootout Finalist, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Horse Finalist
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (Wimpys Little Step x Seven S Mimosa by Hollywood Dun It): $227,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC; 2010 NRHA Futurity Level 4 finalist, Level 3 Open Finalist, and Level 2 Open Limited Champion, 2011 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 NRBC Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Finalist, 2012 AQHA World Championship Show Junior Horse Reserve Champion, 2013 NRBC Level 4 Open Champion and Level 3 Open Champion
  • Show Me The Buckles (Wimpys Little Step x Sunset Whiz by Topsail Whiz): $126,000 NRHA LTE, bred by Michael Boyle, currently owned by Rebeca Martin; 2011 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Reserve Champion

New Two Million Dollar Sire


Just in from the NRHASmart Like Juice is officially the newest member to join an elite group of National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) sires. With NRHA offspring earnings of $2,004,820, he now accompanies nine other influential reining sires on the NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire list. The 1994 sorrel stallion, by Smart Little Lena and out of Jessies Oak, is owned by Smart Like Juice, Inc. of Markham, Ill. He was bred by renowned cutter Lindy Burch of Weatherford, Tex.

Smart Like Juice became an NRHA Million Dollar Sire following the 2008 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla. He was the 16th stallion to earn that designation.

In the show arena, he earned $56,100 in NRHA competition including a top ten finish at the 1997 NRHA Open Futurity with Ken Eppers, 1998 Carolina Classic Derby Level 4 Open Reserve Championship and Level 2 Open Championship with Ed Fear, and in 2003 he earned the Non Pro class championship at the NRHA Futurity with Jose Vazquez riding.