By Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse JournalDecember 13, 2012
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:
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.
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