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Topsail Whiz

The leading reining sire becomes the first National Reining Horse Association $9 million sire.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
December 13, 2012

Topsail Whiz, photo by Magoteaux

Every year from 2002 until 2009, Topsail Whiz took the title of AQHA Leading NRHA Sire. (Magoteaux photo, courtesty of NRHA)

The million-dollar milestones just keep coming for the National Reining Horse Association. Thanks to success at the 2012 NRHA Futurity, David J. Silva became the newest NRHA $1 million owner and AQHA Professional Horseman Tim McQuay joined the elite NRHA $3 million rider club. It seems only fitting that the late Topsail Whiz should round out the owner-rider-horse trifecta, becoming the first NRHA $9 million sire.

Earnings of $72,500 at the 2012 NRHA Futurity won by Topsail Whiz offspring catapulted the sire to his elite status. Topsail Whiz money earners at this year’s Futurity include: CC Chica Whiz, owned by Brent Loseke; CJ Whiz, owned by Euro-Vets Inc.; Hot Chic Whiz, owned by Bob Loomis; USS Whiz, owned by St-Onge Reining Horses Inc.; Whiz Starbrite, owned by Amabile & Strusiner; Whizen Starlight, owned by Robert Peterson; and Whizzer Whiz, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC. Topsail Whiz’s official NRHA offspring earnings are $9,030,000.

A son of NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Topsail Cody and out of Jeanie Whiz Bar by Cee Red, Topsail Whiz was bred by Tom and Susan McBeath of Union, Mississippi. The 1987 chestnut stallion conquered such feats as a junior reining championship at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and a third-place finish in the open division of the 1990 NRHA Futurity. He earned $49,866 through 1993, and then spent the rest of his life making reining history as a sire with American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Bob Loomis as his owner.

In 2002, Topsail Whiz was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame – six years after his sire was inducted. Every year from 2002 until 2009, Topsail Whiz took the title of AQHA Leading NRHA Sire. Interestingly enough, Topsail Cody was Bob Loomis’ first NRHA $1 million sire; Topsail Whiz became his second, and West Coast Whiz, a son of Topsail Whiz, became Bob’s third $1 million sire.

Unfortunately, Topsail Whiz was euthanized in 2009 at Loomis Ranch in Marietta, Oklahoma. Clearly, however, Topsail Whiz’s legacy lives on.

One of Topsail Whiz’s most recent winners is Whizkey N Diamonds, the 2012 AQHA senior reining world champion. Ridden to the win by Shawn Flarida for owners Rhodes River Ranch of Arlington, Washington, Whizkey N Diamonds is out of Princess In Diamonds by Shining Spark. The 6-year-old buckskin stallion boasts $216,300 in NRHA lifetime earnings. Prior to his world championship, Whizkey N Diamonds was crowned the 2011 NRHA Derby co-reserve open champion and 2009 NRHA Futurity open third-place finisher.

Other notable Topsail Whiz offspring include:

  • The Great Whiz (2000 chestnut gelding out of Pines BH by Great Pine): $256,500 NRHA LTE, owned and bred by NRHA $1 million owner Lance Griffin; 2003 NRHA Futurity open champion and 2003 Canadian Reining Breeders Classic champion
  • Easy Otie Whiz (1999 bay stallion out of Miss Poco Easy by My Lucero, bred by Bob Loomis Quarter Horses Inc.): $233,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Bobbie Cook and Outwest Stallion Station LLC.; 2002 NRHA Futurity finalist, 2003 NRHA Derby Level 4 open finalist, 2004 NRHA Derby Level 3 non-pro champion, 2004 NRHA Derby Level 4 non-pro finalist and 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games team gold medalist
  • Walla Walla Whiz (2003 chestnut stallion out of Shiney Walla Wanda by Shining Spark, bred by Terry and Jo Wiens of Edmond, Oklahoma): $187,800 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA $1 million owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA; 2007 NRHA Derby open champion and two-time National Reining Breeders Classic finalist
  • Star Spangled Whiz (2002 chestnut stallion out of Sheza Shady Slider by Shining Spark, bred by Wendy Latimer of Bigfork, Montana): $175,300 NRHA LTE, owned by Bevilacqua Quarter Horses; 2009 NRHA open world champion, 2008 NRHA open reserve world champion and 2008 Italian Reining Horses Association Futurity open champion
  • Whizard Jac (1993 sorrel stallion out of Bees Honey Jac by Hollywood Jac 86, bred by Sally W. Brown Estate of Wayzata, Minnesota): $155,200 NRHA LTE, owned by William and Dawn Pohl; 2012 NRHA $1 million sire, 1996 NRHA Futurity open champion and first-ever United States Equestrian Federation Reining Championship winner
  • Remin Whiz (1997 bay stallion out of Sure Remedy by Docs Remedy, bred by Fredrik Thomsson of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma): $145,700 NRHA LTE, owned by Equus Quarter Horses Inc.; 2002 AQHA junior reining world champion and two-time NRHA Derby open finalist and two-time NRBC Open finalist
  • Topgun Whiz (1995 bay stallion out of Ms Tidy Jac by Hollywood Jac 86, bred by Gudrun Wilking-Mack of Waldbrunn, Germany): $145,600 NRHA LTE, owned by Equus Quarter Horses Inc.; 1998 NRHA Futurity limited Open Champion, 1999 NRHA Derby Open Champion and 1999 NRBC Open Reserve Champion

Not to mention, Topsail Whiz is the sire of four NRHA $1 million sires: Conquistador Whiz, West Coast Whiz, Whizard Jac and Whiz N Tag Chex.