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Thematic Lineage – A look at the ’18 NRHA Open L4 Derby Finalists

If you are a pedigree nerd like me, I think you will enjoy this blog on tonight’s L4 Open finalist field. During any of the major events I look closely at pedigrees…. why? Because what is winning is what is selling, what is selling is what I want to be breeding. As you will see looking at the family lines of the horses in this year’s salty field – producing power is a major key to success at the highest level of our sport. Simply put…… we are breeding better horses every year from families that have proven themselves as performers and producers.

As I went through pedigrees I found myself getting lost in reading on the female tail lines of these horses. Greats like Mr Gunsmoke, Isle Breeze, Major Bonanza, and a horse called Masota Star out the mare Dottie M you should do some reading on 🙂 Link included below!

NRHA Finalists:

  1. ARC Gunna Mark Ya – Shown by Abby Lengel – 226.5 – Owner: Jody L Pruno

This mare is by Gunnatrashya out of Shiney Miss Marker, a daughter of Shining Spark who was shown by Todd Bergen to $16,000+ in 4 shows – an NRCHA Open Futurity Finalist. She has a 2013 in Europe that is a full sibling to this mare, 2015 filly Markin This Cat by WR This Cats Smart, 2016 Colt by One Time Pepto, and 2017 colt by Once In A Blue Boon. 2nd dam is Smart Miss Marker by Grays Starlight LTE $5,000 she had 7 foals all of which were money or point earners they include Kitas Spark by Shining Spark LTE $29k, Kita Whiz by Walla Walla Whiz LTE 5k, GraysStarlights Whiz By Topsail Whiz LTE $3400+ as well as the dam of the leader of the first go of the NRHA Futurity.

  1. Luckie Moonstone – Shown by Shawn Flarida – 226 – Owner: Jason Dobrinski

This stallion is by Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun who needs no introduction. His dam is My Lucky Moonstone – a 2000 Futurity Saddlesmith Non Pro Champion. She was also a member of the USET Pro/Non Pro Reserve Team Championship. She is an earner of $43,000 NRHA. She now has Produce record of over $380,000 NRHA some of her foals include Canadian Stand Out – Whiz N Starlight earner of over $75,000 NRHA & 115 AQHA Points, What A Lucky Hit earner of $63k, Moonstone Mega earner of $53,000 NRHA. My Lucky Moonstone is by Topsail Whiz out of My Moon Stone Chex by the immortal broodmare sire King Fritz.

  1. Dun It For Whizkey – Shown by Franco Bertolani -226 – Owner: Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC

An exciting young son of the immortal Topsail Whiz, out of the great mare Dun It For Chex. Dun it For Chex boasts an impressive produce record. This daughter of Hollywood Dun it out of Silver N Blue Cehx by Docs Silver N Blue has established herself as a maternal force in reining. She is the Dam of greats like Starbucks Sidekick by Smart Starbuck LTE $195k, Wranglin In Chex by Starlights Wrangler LTE $70k+, Whizzen For Chex by Topsail Whiz LTE $65k, Gun N For Glory by Gunner LTE $49k, Hollywood Nites by Gunners Special Nite LTE $41k, Fudge Pop by Topsail Whiz LTE $40k, SilverNBluStarbuck by Smart Starbuck LTE $26k, Whizkey N Cash LTE $26k, Pinstripe Benz by Smart Starbuck LTE $19k, Starbucks For Chex by Smart Starbuck LTE $13k, Dunnits Special Nite by Gunners Special Nite LTE $10k, Chex For The Nite by Gunners Special Nite LTE $9k, PlayingInTheLights by Hit the Lights LTE 4k, Dun It For Light by Hit The Lights LTE $1400.

  1. Shining In Town – Shown by Jason Vanlandingham – 225 – Owner: John W Sather

This is a striking son of HollywoodsTinseltown that has been incredibly consistent. His dam is Shine Ann (Full sister to Lil Miss Shiney Chex LTE $108k) – a daughter of Shining Spark. Earner of just $64.00 herself and 3 AQHA Points. Her other foals include Bossin Ann by CD Lights earner of $3700, Dual Smart Shines by Dual Smart Rey NRCHA Money Earner, and Made In Jersey by Yellow Jersey a 2016. Shine Ann is out of producing powerhouse – Lil Miss Smarty Chex by Smart Little Lena LTE $18k NRCHA. She was the 2016 #4 Leading Lifetime Reined Cowhorse dam with foals earning over $450,000 they include Lil Miss Shiney Chex earner of over $108k and the dam of Blind Sided and Reys A Shine, Shiney Lil Miss – NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Reserve Open Champion, Smart Little Cash by Nu Cash LTE $84k, SmartCashInvestment by Nu Cash LTE $75k, Annies Little Cash by Nu Cash LTE 22k, Shiners Smart Chex LTE $19k, Smart N Shine by Shining Spark LTE $15k, Annies Nu Lena LTE $11k.

  1. All American Vintage – Shown by Andrea Fappani – 224.5 – Owner: Cuoghi Reining Horses USA Inc

The full brother to one of the greatest show horses of all time – Not Ruf At All earner of over $450,000 NRHA. This is a stallion by A Sparkling Vintage out of the great mare All Ruffed Up daughter of $3 million dollar sire Lil Ruf Peppy. All Ruffed Up was the #2 Leading NRHA Dam in 2013. She is out of Double Wind Chill by Double R Doc producer of NRHA money earners. 3rd dam Skip A Chex was a daughter of King Fritz.

  1. Tinker With Dreams – Shown by Casey Deary – 224 – Owner: Rhodes River Ranch

A talented 4 year old stallion by Tinker With Guns, out of the mare This ChicsDunDreamin earner of $124,000 NRHA – NRBC Non Pro Champion by Magnum Chic Dream out of maternal super produce Hermosa Dun It by Hollywood Dun It. Between the top and bottoms sides this horse is overflowing with producing and performing power! This ChicsDunDreamin is the dam of DreaminInTinseltown – NRHA Open Level 2 Reserve Champion, Chics Dream About Me by Wimpys LIttle Step, Magneto by Einsteins Revolution, Waitin On A Diamond by Whizkey N Diamonds, and Wimpys Yellow Jacket – a horse WhoaZone Equine recently sold and is still WINNING in the youth, Open, and Non Pro!

  1. Sugar Little Step – Shown by Gennaro Lendi – 224 – Owner: Quarter Dream SRL

This is an team that came from Europe. The 2012 Stallion by Wimpys Little Step out of Ah Sugar Sugar by Lil Ruf Peppy Has quite the show record across the ocean He was the 2018 Italian Derby L4 Open Co Reserve Champion, 2017 NRHA Italian Derby L4 Open 3rd place,  2016 NRHA European Derby L4 Open Co Reserve Champion. Ah Sugar Sugar is a daughter of one of the greatest show mares in NRHA history Dry Sugar Rose, earner of over $105,000 NRHA.

  1. Inferno Sixty Six – Shown by Franco Bertolani – 223.5 – Owner: Slide Or Die LLC

This is a familiar face to all of us that love reining. Son of Gunnatrashya, out of the great mare Snip O Gun – an NRHA Leading dam. Her foals include Big Chex To Cash, Hot Smokin Chex LTE $191k, Chexmaster LTE $94k+, Snip O Chex LTE $51k+, Chexamillion LTE $36k, Snip O Satellite LTE $29k, Rio Killer Gun LTE $21k, Hottest Smokin Chex LTE $13k, and more. Snip O Gun is a daughter of One Gun by Mr Gunsmoke, out of Miss Kim Olena by Doc Olena.

  1. Spooks Gotta Spark – Shown by Loris Epis – 223 – Owner: Gaynia Revenberg

By NRHA’s newest million dollar sire Spooks Gotta Whiz, out of the great mare Dolitlte Lena by Shining Spark out of Freckled Lena earner of $34k NRHA and Producer of over $112,000. Dolittle Lena is the dam of the great cowhorse Dual Spark – now in Brazil. This is a horse from the Diane Beckmann/Bobby Lewis breeding program that has been on FIRE producing WINNERS. This stallion is a full brother to Spooks Show Time – winner of the 4 year old Open Stakes with Andrea Fappani.

  1. Cee My Pistol – Shown by Trent Harvey – 222.5 – Owner: Coguaike LLC

We would like to congratulate Trent Harvey on his first L4 Open finalist with this great mare by Gunner out of Cee Dun It Do It – a daughter of Hollywood Dun It with produce earnings well over $266k. Cee My Pistol is a full sister to NRHA Open Futurity Champion – AMERICASNEXTGUNMODEL. Talk about reining royalty. Cee Dun It Do It is also the dam of Dun It In The Starlight by Starlights Wrangler LTE $26k, Whiz Thru Hollywood by Topsail Whiz and Just Boom It by Boomernic. 

Side Read: This is a stellar article on the lineage of this mare’s full sister and how they connect to Flarida’s entry – Mr Masota Star: https://issuu.com/mikegerbaz/docs/mar2013 – go to page 54 for the article by Larry Thornton

  1. No Smoking Required – Shown by Jason Vanlandingham – 222.5 – Owner: Vaughn Zimmerman

This son of Gunner, out of Icing Required by Smart Chic Olena has been a staple in major event finalist draw sheets for Jason Vanlandingham. Icing Required had no foals of showing age when No Smoking Required sold at the Legacy Sale for $27,000 in 2014. The stallion currently has earnings of over $58,000 NRHA.

  1. Spooks The Hard Way – Shown by Mike McEntire – 222.5 – Owner: A4L – Equine

A flashy son of Spooks Gotta Gun, out of the mare Im So Anson by multiple time Non Pro NRHA World Champion Peppy Sol Anson out of the mare Dun It The Hard Way. Im So Anson won over $26,000 herself. She is the dam of other great show horses like KR Ima Another LTE $29k+ by Tejons Peppy Doc and KR Ima Gunner by Gunner LTE 14k. 2nd dam Dun It The Hard Way is a producer of over $290,000 NRHA Including Dunit The Gunner Way – NRHA Non Pro Futurity Co Reserve Champion.

  1. GunnaTrashThePlace – Shown by Dean Brown – 222.5 – Owner: Jeffery Levine

Another great one by Gunnatrashya, out of the mare All Chic N Shiny PE $26,000 by million dollar sire Chocolate Chic Olena out of Shiners Crystal by Shining Spark. All Chic n Shiny earned $3300 during her NRHA Career. 2nd dam Shiners Crystal is the dam of Chic Magnetic – earner of over $142,000.

  1. Guaranteed A Magnum – Shown by Jimmy Van Der Hoeven – 222 – Owner: Casey & Kathy Hinton

By the Visser’s up and coming stallion Magnum With A Dream – a stallion young in his breeding career proving to be a consistent sire of performers. Guaranteed A Magnum is out of Guaranteed By Amos a daughter of Primary Pine has producer $71,000 in NRHA money earners. She was a cornerstone of Victoria and Carl Lambert’s program for quite some time at Caballo Rojo Ranch in Navasota, Texas shown by Victoria, Carl, and even Jared LeClair.

  1. Gun Dun It – Shown by Craig Schmersal – 222 – Owner: Tim Anderson

A 4 year old stallion by the legendary Gunner, out of Dun It In Tinseltown – the full sister to HollywoodsTinseltown – by Hollywood Dun It out of the stellar Miss Tinseltown. Dun It In Tinseltown has produced $211,000 NRHA to date including Lost In Tinseltown earner of over $81k, Colonel Tinseltown LTE $38k, Shiney Tinseltown LTE $44k and more. A star studded pedigree from the programs of Tim McQuay and David Silva.

  1. High Rolling Spook – Shown by Nathan Piper – 222 – Owner: Toyon Ranch

A 5 year old stallion by the great Smart Spook, out of Shining High Roller earner of over $23,000 by Shining Spark. Shining High Roller has produced well over $70,000 NRHA. 2nd dam Hustlers High Roller by Freckles Hustler is the producer of $55,000 NRHA. This young stallion has been a serious talent and has the signature Smart Spook look.

  1. Mr Masota Star – Shown by Shawn Flarida – 221 – Owner: George & Carol Bell

A son of Wimpys Little Step that had a stellar 3 year old year earning over $73,000 at the NRHA Futurity. He is out of Cee Another Masota earned over $3300 NRHA by Custom Crome out of Cee Blair Masota by Blair Cee. She is the producer of over $87,000 NRHA. 2nd dam Cee Blair Masota earned $14,000 NRHA – interestingly she is also the full sister to Miss Cee Blair a mare who was 5th in the Open Futurity after tying the eventual winner Topsail Cody in a go round – Topsail Cody was undefeated in the futurity other than the tie including go rounds – just a WhoaZone fun fact for this stallions lineage. Miss Cee Blair was bred to Topsail Cody – and produced Cee Blair Sailor earner of over $99,000 NRHA

  1. Smart Little Dunnit – Shown by Tom McCutcheon – 221 – Owner: Turnabout Farm LLC

This little bay horse has been a great show horse for Tom McCutcheon and Turnabout Farm. A son of Smart Spook out of the Hollywood Dun It mare Jan Van Bar B Dun It a daughter of Hollywood Dun It, out of Jan Van Rains by Mr Bar Tab.

  1. Chics Love Whizkey – Shown by Patrick Flaherty – 221 – Owner: Steve Flaherty

Buckskin son of Whizkey N Diamonds, out of Juanita Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena out of Clays Little Peppy earner of over $202,000 NCHA by Peppy San Badger. Juanita Chic Olena’s other money earners include West Coast Juanita, ChicsDigWestCoast, Short N Chic, West Coast Juanita, and Sayos Senorita. 2nd Dam Clays Little Peppy an iconic NCHA mare is out of Miss Doc Smoke a daughter of Mr Gunsmoke that produced over $391,000.

  1. Shiners VooDoo Juice – Shown by Martin Muehlstatter – 221 – Owner: Tami Shiltz

A 6 year old by Shiners VooDoo DR, out of SLJ This Is My Juice by Smart Like Juice out of Ruf Catalyst by Lil Ruf Peppy. SLJ This Is My Juice is a full sister to SLJ Ruf like My Juice LTE $16,000, and SLJ Ruf Juice earner of over $14,000 NRHA. 2nd Dam Ruf Catalyst was an NRHA Non Pro Reserve Champion and won $16,000. 3rd dam Rufs Catalyst King is the dam of 6 performing foals including Colonels Cattin Gun – an NRHA $$ Earner of $5000 and producer of great show horses like Colonels Smart Spook.

  1. Gunshot N Tinseltown – Shown by Jordan Larson – 221 – Owner: Ron McRorie

5 year old stallion by the great GUNNER out of Tinseltown Wimpy by Wimpys Little Step out of Downtown Tinseltown. This is a stallion that has been extremely consistent and a major event finalist in the Open at just about every NRHA event. Dam Tinseltown Wimpy was also shown by Jordan Larson and won over $19,000 NRHA. 2nd dam Downtown Tinseltown is a full sister to the great Miss Tinseltown. 3rd dam Ms Hollywood Showtime is producer of over $298,000 NRHA.

  1. Checksworthy – Shown by Gabriel Borges – 220.5 – Owner: Terry Leffew

4 year old by Big Chex To Cash the unforgettable son of Nu Chex To cash out of Snip O Gun. His dam is Banjoes Shining Star a daughter of Shining Spark out of Hill Crests Teea by Heza Banjoe. Banjoes Shining star is the producer of over $30,000 NRHA – her other foals include full brother Cashworthy the French 3&4 Year old Open Futurity Champion and Gold Worthie a Congress Intermediate Open and Limited Open Futurity Finalist. 2nd dam Hill Crests Teea is a daughter of the great Heza Banjoe the stellar broodmare sire and sire of NRHA Non Pro Champions like Banjoes Beauty and Sheza Beauty Too.

**side note: Both of these champions by Heza Banjoe were out of Solanos Sunshine the dam of Solanos Kicker – a stallion we have foals listed by on WhoaZone.com

  1. Electro Star – Shown by Casey Hinton – 220.5 – Owner: Kathy and Casey Hinton

This is a 6 year old son of Jared LeClair’s Electric Code. His dam is RG Miss Starlight by Grays Starlight out of Lenas War Doc by Doc Olena. RG Miss Starlight produced several money earners including this talented finalist. 2nd dam Lenas War Doc earned over $73,000 and was the dam of RG Hard N Fast by Freckles Playboy earner of $31,000 and Leans Broadway a full sister to the dam of Electro Star that also was a producer of performers. 3rd dam Eagle Leota by War Leo was an earner of $1200 and producer of earners of over $104,000. Fun fact – Electro Star was a $14,000 Sale Yearling in the same sale his dam RG Miss Starlight now a Level 4 producing dam sold for $6700 – it pays to have a great eye!

  1. Be Aech Beau – Shown by Peter Defreitas – 220.5 Owner: Harold Lepler/Defreitas PH LLC

4 year old by Gunner, out of the producing mare Nu Chex Solano by Nu Chex To Cash out of Be Aech Solano by the great broodmare sire Be Aech Enterprise. Nu Chex Solano is in the Defreitas breeding program. A daughter of Nu Chex To Cash who is proving himself as a stellar sire of sires and producing dams. The Defreitas have young prospects out of this mare by stallions like Travelin Jonez. 2nd dam Be Aech Solano is out of Miss Soto Solano a daughter of Docs Solano out of a daughter of Smoke 49 by Mr gunsmoke.

  1. Wimpys Smokin Girl – Shown by Yonathan Baruch – Owner: Marc and Kathy Gordon

5 year old mare by Wimpys Little Step out of Please Dont Spook a daughter of Grays Starlight out of the mare Please Dont Smoke by Mr Gunsmoke. Please Dont Spook is an NCHA money earner of $7k+ her accomplishments include being an NCHA futurity semifinalist. Please Dont Spook is the dam of great show horses like Spooks Smoken Wimpy a full sibling to this year’s finalist and earner of over $40,000 as well as well as Spooks Little Step and Smokin Little Step – all full siblings and money earners. 2nd dam Please Dont Smoke is the producer of earners of over $64,000.

  1. Lil Rene Gun – Shown by Sam Schaffhauser – 220.5 – Owner: James Fanello

A 6 year old mare by Gunner out of Sail Away Rene by Cee Blair Sailor out of Crome Plated Jackie by Crome Plated Jac. Sail Away Rene was a money earner of $85.00 is the dam of one of Trashadeous’ leading money earners Jumpin Jac Trash earner of over $26k, also money earner Cee Chic Sail. 2nd dam Crome Plated Jackie earned $7700+ during her show career and produced NRHA money earners like Red Sky Sailor LTE $15k, and money earners CrackerJac Sailor, Blackjack Sailor, and Cee Sailors Delight, Flashy Jac Sailor, and Cee Side Sailor all FULL siblings to the dam of this futurity finalist.

  1. Ruf Lil Magnum – Shown by Thiagho Boechat – 220.5 – Owner: Silver Spurs Equine/Heritage Farms

A 6 year old sorrel stallion by the unforgettable Magnum Chic Dream, his dam is Dun It A Lil Ruf by Lil Ruf Peppy. A true show horse that has been consistent with million dollar rides like Brian Bell and Jordan Larson. Dun It A Lil Ruf earned over $33k during her career – an NRHA Derby Ltd Open Champion herself. Some of her NRHA money earners include Ruf Nite (also an Open Finalist this year) and Dunit At Nite. 2nd dam A Bueno Poco Dunit earned $49,000 during her career and has produced over $221,000 during her broodmare career. The dam of NRHA Futurity Non Pro Champion – Ms Whiz Dunit earner of over $104,000. 3rd dam Champs Poco Girl is by Bonanzas Camp.

  1. Il Capo – Shown by Ruben Vandorp – 220 – Owner: Ann Admonius

A 4 year old by NRHA’s newest million dollar sire Spooks Gotta Whiz out of HA Chica Chairman by Im Chairman. HA Chica Chairman is a full sister to the versatile champion HA Looney Tune earner of over $34k. 2nd dam HA Chic A Tune by Smart chic Olena has produced quite a few money earners totalling over $65,000. 3rd dam Tune Miss Red by Mr Baron Red was an earner of over 148 AQHA points in heading and heeling – she also produced DA Chics Tune earner of over $58k, Tune Miss Hollywood earner of $10k, and Smart Blonde Chic earner of $7k.

  1. The Rey Gun – Shown by Jordan Larson – 220 – Owner: Coguaike LLC

A 6 year old stallion by Gunner out of the dam of Spooks Gotta Whiz, Spooks Gotta Run, and Rooster Sparks – PrettyWhizPrettyDoes – the full sister to Clint Haverty’s Who Whiz It. This horse’s pedigree doesn’t need a ton of explanation. A true combination of the producing power that is Clint Haverty’s program by a stallion he showed, and out of a mare whose family runs deep through his breeding history. 2nd dam is the immortal Blonde At The Bar.

  1. Loveya – Shown by Jordan Mcburney – 220 – Owner: Cam Essick

An incredibly consistent mare by Gunnatrashya out of the great mare Love Em N Lena by Smart LIttle Lena. Love Em N Lena has produced well over $225,000 during her NRHA career including Who Loves You LTE $42k+, The One Time LTE $35k+, Love Em N Leavem LTE $30k+, Peptallboonsmal LTE $24k+, and Lovenya a full siblings to this finalist LTE $7k+. 2nd dam Slide Me Again by Isle Breeze earned 218 AQHA points during her career. She is the dam to Lenas Wright On a full sister to the dam of LoveYa – earner of over $105k, Smart Sliden Lena another full sibling, Slylena, and She Slides Wright all money earning full siblings – a MAGIC cross.

  1. Chic Dreamin – Shown by Andrea Fappani – 220 – Owner: Silver Spurs Equine

A 6 year old stallion by Magnum Chic Dream out of Skeets Red Dunit a daughter of Skeets Peppy out of the late great Joe Hayes mare Brennas Red Dunit by Hollywood Dun It. Skeets Red Dunit was unshown but a producer of performers that include a full sister to Chic Dreamin – Magnum Chic Dunit earner of over $44,000 NRHA. Brennas Red Dunnit is a daughter of Hollywood Dun It that produced over $70,000 – her produce includes 2009 NRHA Non Pro Futurity Reserve Co Champion – Brennas Dream by Magnum Chic Dream.

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