CONQUISTADOR WHIZ - 2 MILLION DOLLAR SIRE
October 15, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce its newest Two Million Dollar Sire, Conquistador Whiz owned by Silver Spurs Equine. A 1995 stallion by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz out of Sugarita Chex by Bueno Chex, Conquistador Whiz proved his worth in the show pen before beginning a lucrative career in the breeding shed.
Conquistador Whiz’s competitive reining career was indicative of his athleticism and heart. Ridden by NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer, he was the 2000 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and NRHA Derby Champion.
In 2002, the bay dynamo proved he was more than fit for International competition when he became the 2002 USET Festival of Champions Reining Championship winner. Ridden by Million Dollar Rider Tom McCutcheon, the pair made it a clean sweep by winning both go rounds and the finals. At the 2002 World Equestrian Games, Conquistador Whiz ended his show career in grand fashion by winning a Gold Medal in the Team competition and a Silver Medal in the Individual competition.
In the breeding shed, the bay stallion established his reputation quickly when from his first foal crop Conquistador Whiz sired one of the sport’s most successful reining horses based on money earned.
KR Lil Conquistador, owned and bred by Cheree Kirkbride, earned more than $422,900 in NRHA competition. Out of Smart Little Prize, the 2002 gelding first came to prominence in 2005. Ridden by Shawn Flarida, NRHA’s Highest-Money-Earning Rider, KR Lil Conquistador earned Futurity championships at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the NRHA Futurity. He remains NRHA’s All Time Highest Money Earning Gelding and is Number 2 on the list of NRHA’s Highest Money Earning Horses.
Conquistador Whiz’s next four money-earning offspring include Quistador (LTE $234,143), Conquistador Chick (LTE $84,687), Conquistadors Sandy (LTE $66,997) and Smart Dundee (LTE $59,640). Congratulations to NRHA Corporate Partner Silver Spurs Equine, owner of Conquistador Whiz and justifiably proud of his latest accomplishment! - NRHA
SPOOKS GOTTA GUN - MILLION DOLLAR SIRE
OCTOBER 2015, Congratulations are in order for Spooks Gotta Gun, owned by Silver Spurs Equine, who has become an NRHA Million Dollar Sire. The much heralded and sought after achievement marks a stallion’s success in the breeding pen and punctuates his ability to sire quality and successful competitive reining horses. Spooks Gotta Gun’s breeding career was preceded by a successful show record that spanned from 2005 through 2009. The 2002 stallion earned $79,600 in the show pen with wins at such prestigious events as the Reining by the Bay Derby.
Spooks Gotta Gun is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Grays Starlight and out of the highly-respected producer Katie Gun, whose offspring have earned $567,465 and include Hall of Fame inductee Gunner (AQHA Colonels Smoking Gun [APHA Colonels Smokingun]). His offspring include such standouts as Spooks Gotta Whiz, NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $345,137; The Kids Gotta Gun, LTE $77,882; Spooks Gotta Run, LTE $64,785; Dun Lost My Gun, LTE $38,859 and Spooks O Lena, LTE $35,427.
Silver Spurs Equine maintains a battery of stallions that includes some of the performance horse industry’s most respected, popular and well-known sires. An NRHA Corporate Partner, Silver Spurs Equine has built their line up of stallions with a goal of becoming “The Source” for mare owners seeking outstanding stallions to cross on their mares. Hats off to Spooks Gotta Gun and Silver Spurs Equine on their latest accomplishment! - NRHA
EINSTEINS REVOLUTION - MILLION DOLLAR SIRE
June 5, 2015 - The National Reining Horse Association is pleased to congratulate the association’s newest Million Dollar Sire — Einsteins Revolution. He joins other distinguished sires who have achieved the lofty distinction, including his sire.
Einsteins Revolution is a 2002 dun stallion bred by Christian and Rosi Wagner of Germany. In January 2005, Ruben Vandorp became a part owner and the recorded ownership became Wagner & Vandorp. By Million Dollar Sire Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve) and out of Fly Flashy Jac by Boggies Flashy Jac, Vandorp became the young prospect’s trainer and directed his show career. His oversight, though a bit unorthodox by most standards, involved having multiple NRHA Professionals show the dun dynamo. At the 2005 NRHA Futurity, the much heralded Tim McQuay showed the stallion to a Level (L) 4 Open finalist position. NRHA’s Leading Money-Earning Rider, Shawn Flarida, showed him at the 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), winning the L4 Open Champion title, which included a $63,000 paycheck. At the 2007 NRBC, Vandorp and the dun collected the L3 Open division win and the L4 Reserve title for earnings in excess of $99,000. At the 2007 NRHA Derby, with Vandorp at the reins, the stallion earned the Level 3 Open division championship. Competitors, including Vandorp, paid homage to the great Bill Horn, NRHA’s first Million Dollar Rider and a Hall of Famer, at the 2007 and 2008 Bill Horn Shootout/Single Shot Derby events. Vandorp and Einsteins Revolution won both events, pocketing $30,000 for each win. Einsteins Revolution was the first horse to earn more than $300,000 in NRHA events! All told he has NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $352,720.
When he went to the breeding shed, Einsteins Revolution created much excitement based on his show pen success and quickly proved his worth as a sire, attracting some of the best mares in the performance horse industry. He is one of the youngest sires to achieve NRHA Million Dollar Sire status. Currently, his total offspring earnings are $1,015,586. Now owned by Silver Spurs Equine & Vandorp, Einsteins Revolution stands in Scottsdale, Arizona, at Silver Spurs Equine.
With such outstanding offspring as Revolution Is Dun (NRHA Lifetime Earnings [LTE] $144,422), Relatively Sweet LTE $67,447), Footwork Revolution (LTE $64,029), Einsteinshersheykiss (LTE $46,996), and Memorable Revolution (LTE $35,868), Einsteins Revolution will undoubtedly continue to demand attention from mare owners while setting new standards and milestones. - NRHA
ANDREA FAPPANI AND "ICEMAN" WIN 2015 NRBC OPEN!
Fresh off their Open Derby Championship win at the Cactus Classic Derby, Fappani and Iceman take home the NRBC Open Championship title in an incredible run-off, adding an impressive $75,000 to their earnings.