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In Depth Back Story: Whiz Van Winkle

The first time you lay eyes on Whiz Van Winkle, it’s hard not to stop and take a good long hard look – tons of bone, deep bodied, just enough chrome to catch your eye, pretty necked, and of course that signature blue eye. But, the 2004 model son $10 Million dollar sire Topsail Whiz, out of My Way Oakie, a producer of over $49,000 and daughter of the strong broodmare sire Lena My Way is much more than a pretty face….. He is the total package.

“Van” as he is known at home with his owner Meg McNamara was started by NRHA professional Brian Bell who got him late in his two year old year so he just wasn’t going to be ready for the big futurity schedule. Meg says she is okay with that, because of it she had the opportunity to to own him later down the road. Van landed in Brian Welman’s barn who did most of the training and showing on him during his career. Meg, Van’s owner now had always admired the handsome bay stallion and when he came up for sale she immediately inquired about him. At the time she had another stallion she was showing, but needed a horse she could step up with and show.

Van was exactly what she was looking for, a seriously competitive open horse that had the mind to teach and be shown with a Rookie. It took a couple of months to get the deal finalized, but Meg says he is the best horse she has ever owned. In the show pen Van is honest and relaxed. He has a huge natural ability to stop, and can shut down to small slow circles with the best of them. If you are looking for a sire that can improve movement and cadence in your mare, Van would be one to consider.

A good mover, with a great mind is how Brian Welman described Whiz Van Winkle when we called to ask about him … two key components of a successful sire. During his career Van earned over $30,000 NRHA and is an AQHA Point Earner. Some of his major accomplishments include: 2008 Congress Affiliate Champion Senior Reining, 2010 NCRHA Extravaganza Open Derby Champion, and multiple bronze trophy winner.

Van’s oldest foals are now 4 year olds with limited crops. He is passing on his incredible movement and great bone to his foals along with a ton of eye appeal. So far the magic crosses seem to be Hollywood Jac 86 mares. With his versatile bottom side, coupled with his legendary topside he is poised to be a versatile sire offering more bone and size (14.3 Hands) than the typical Whiz bred. His foals are also showing his trainability, and willing nature as they enter training programs without losing the great Whiz “feel”. He would also make a great cross on Gunner bred mares to add more stride length, and turn of foot. Last but not least, is the Shiner bred mares. Shiner crosses well on this type of pedigree top to bottom, and according to research and statistics Shiners mares should work really well on Van too.

For Meg his owner this is more than a horse, he is part of her family. She is eager to share him with mare owners and committed to making him a versatile sire in many arenas as his pedigree suggests he can be successful at doing. The possibilities for Van as a sire are diverse with the mind, pedigree, show record, and conformation. The potential for cowhorse mare owners looking to outcross a cutting bred mare would be stellar, adding his exceptional movement to natural cow ability for potential working cowhorse or ranch horse versatility foals. Being that his mother is by leading cowhorse maternal grandsire Lena My Way, and out of a daughter of another leading cowhorse maternal sire Docs Oak there is plenty of cow coming through the bottom side of his pedigree. My Way Oakie, Van’s dam, produced over $49,000 including a full sister to Van – Bell Ranch Whiz a mare Brian Bell showed and won a little over $17,000 NRHA on.

Van is one of the best investments for a breeder looking for a stallion that is a total package for their mare in pedigree, eye appeal, and show record. Van is 5 Panel Negative and carries the Splash SW1 gene which is where he gets the signature blue eye. Get in on the ground floor, book to Van today and make your “whizshes” come true.

We are thankful to Meg McNamara and her family for jumping on with WhoaZone early and allowing us to add him to our Platinum Stallion Alley and assist in his marketing plan for the future.

 

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