By Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse JournalMarch 26, 2013
The son of Ameican Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion The Invester, Absolute Investment was a hallmark product of the Dan and Carol McWhirter’s breeding program topside and bottomside. (Photo courtesy of Zmek Photography)
Absolute Investment, performance and all-around sire, died March 18. Bred, owned and stood by AQHA 30-year breeders Dan and Carol McWhirter of Doniphan, Nebraska, the stallion had spent the past few years at Gumz Farms in Morganfield, Kentucky. According to Gumz Farms, he was euthanized due to a brief and sudden neurological illness related to a pelvic fracture he suffered as a young horse.
“We just didn’t expect it,” Carol told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “It was a big surprise. We had (his sire) The Invester until he was 33, and we fully expected ‘Absolute’ would retire with us.”
The 1995 stallion was a hallmark product of the McWhirter’s breeding program topside and bottomside, a son of their American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallion The Invester (Zippo Pat Bars-Hank’s Peppy Lou by Dinky Reed), and out of their homebred Superior western pleasure mare Investment Ms by The Big Investment and out of a Leo King mare.
An AQHA World Championship Show top-10 performer in junior western pleasure, the stallion’s accomplishments included earning 62 open western pleasure points, circuit awards and earning an open Superior in the class. He was retired young due to the pelvic fracture.
As a sire, his 117 performing foals earned more than 5,000 points, all divisions combined, $15,015 in AQHA World Show and $46,489 in National Snaffle Bit Association earnings, and more than $68,000 through the AQHA Incentive Fund. He sired multiple World Show top-10 finishers, All American Quarter Horse Congress champions and AQHA year-end high-point award winners.
His top get include Absolute Option, 2005 and 2007 open high-point western riding stallion; Absolut Martini Girl, 2007 youth reserve world champion performance halter mare; Absolute Doll, 2004 open high-point western riding mare; and Absolutely No Doubt, 2008 open high-point performance halter stallion.
“As a sire, he bred strong, great movers and put wonderful dispositions on a horse, and they grew level,” Carol said. “When he was little, we knew he was special. He was the best horse we ever raised, and I don’t hesitate saying that.”
The McWhirters are bringing his ashes home to Nebraska, where they will be buried near his sire, The Invester, and another of their great stallions, Good Asset.
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