Grays Starlight Named National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar SireRelease: June 19 2007
Author: By Kathy DamrillA new stallion has just been added to the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) list of million dollar sires. Grays Starlight (Peppy San Badger x Docs Starlight), owned by Polo Ranch in Marietta, OK, has just broken into the elite group. Grays Starlight’s offspring earnings now total $1,007,713.58.
Some of Grays Starlight’s top money earners include Starlights Wrangler with $125,966.10 in lifetime earnings, Hit The Lights with $112,925.51, Smart Starbuck with $60,045.00, and Spooks Rey Jay with $52,704.47.
Starlights Wrangler, owned by Hendricks Broten Equine Assets of Tioga, TX, and ridden by Dell Hendricks of Tioga, TX, has taken home top honors at such events as the 2003 United States Equestrian Team Festival of Champions, where he was the United States Equestrian Federation Reining Championship’s Reserve Champion, earning $12,442.00. Hendricks and Starlights Wrangler (Grays Starlight x Wranglers Connie) also earned $50,000 and the Open Championship at the 2002 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in Katy, TX.
The biggest win for Hit The Lights (Grays Starlight x Playboys Promise), owned by Adair Reiners, LLC, of Mesa, AZ, came during the 2005 NRBC where rider Hendricks earned the Open Championship and $60,000.
Another top money earner for Grays Starlight is Smart Starbuck owned by Smart Starbuck Ventures of Aubrey, TX. Smart Starbuck (Grays Starlight x Smart Marlena), ridden by Tom McCutcheon of Aubrey TX, earned his biggest winnings during the NRHA Derby. At the 1999 NRHA Derby, Smart Starbuck and McCutcheon earned $11,958.98 in the Open division. The same pair took home $8,161.02 the next year at the 2000 NRHA Derby.
And Spooks Rey Jay is another one of Grays Starlight’s success stories. Spooks Rey Jay, owned by Jimmy Pierce of Surf City, NC, and ridden by Todd Sommers of Whitesboro, TX, earned $27,240.31 at the 2005 NRHA Futurity. Spooks Rey Jay and Sommers are winning again this year. In January, they took home third place and $6,250.00 at the Bill Horn Shootout in Ocala, FL.
Grays Starlight was put down in 2002 after contracting West Nile Virus He was 18 years old.
Grays Starlight now joins the exclusive list of NRHA Million Dollar Sires: Hollywood Jac 86, Be Aech Enterprise, Topsail Cody, Reminic, Gallo Del Cielo, Custom Crome, Lil Ruf Peppy, Boomernic; Two Million Dollar Sire Shining Spark; Three Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena; Four Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and Five Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It.