The Right Stuff – Sires of multiple National Finals Rodeo Qualifiers
By Tanya Randall
The vast majority of horses that compete at the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) share no close relation beyond great-grandsires or the third and fourth generations of a pedigree. While many trace back to influential sires such as Three Bars (TB), King, Top Deck (TB) and most recently Mito Paint (TB) and Jet Deck, those horses alone cannot account for their greatness because of dilution along the generations and the simple fact that so many other horses of similar lineage have amounted to nothing.
As in all other horse sports, your odds for a performer increase when you chose bloodlines known for producing performers, but a great pedigree is by no means a guarantee. In the barrel horse industry, several lines are known for producing top barrel horses; however, that list gets shorter when it comes to the sires of multiple NFR horses.
For the purpose of this article, an NFR horse is defined as a horse that has either contributed to NFR qualification or ran at the NFR.
Leading this exceptional list is the immortal Jet Of Honor, a son of Jet Deck, with five qualifiers or NFR competitors. The first Jet Of Honor to make waves among the WPRA’s elite was Vana Beissinger Doolittle’s Loto Jet. He was followed by Ember Givens Stewart’s triumvirate of Jet A Beam, Devilish Honor and Band Of Honor.
Band Of Honor, the horse that Stewart rode at the 1997 NFR, actually belonged to her mother, Lana Givens, who narrowly missed making the finals that same year as well.
Jet Of Honor’s legacy continues with Denise Adams-Fea’s Fun Jet. This year will be the second year for the duo compete at the world’s richest rodeo.
The eternal Flit Bar, a son of Sugar Bars, has sent five qualifiers to the big dance. It was Jimmie Gibbs Munroe’s Robins Flit Bar that put Flit Bar on the map. The ground-breaking turner carried Munroe to the 1976 Girl’s Rodeo Association (GRA) World Championship. In 1981, the GRA changed it’s name to the WPRA.
Other barrel racers picking up on the Flit Bar trend were Lisa Davis, who rode Bar Ours, and Vickie Adams, who rode Wabena Bar Flit. The last Flit Bar to make an appearance at an NFR was the stallion Dr Nick Bar, who carried Fallon Taylor.
Flit Bar’s legacy continued through his flamboyant palomino son Fire Water Flit, owned by Adams. Out of Celie Whitcomb Ray’s NFR qualifying mare and multiple NFR qualifying producer, Slash J Harletta, Fire Water Flit has sired two NFR qualifiers—Kelly Yates’ homegrown Firewater Fiesta and Amanda Clayman’s Fire Water Fanny.
The unique honor of having been the only horse to have competed at the NFR along with siring three NFR qualifiers goes to unassuming Clabber Pinto (APHA). Cheryl Luman went to the NFR in 1973 with the son of Top Breeze (AQHA). Ironically, his breeders were going to put him down because he was a crop out. Luman later ran his daughter, Nobody (APHA), at the NFR in 1989 and 1990.
Kelli Currin ran Somebody, an unregistered full sister to Nobody, at the NFR. Somebody, who backed up Currin’s great Captain Biankus, began her second career as a dogging horse when an injury dampened her barrel racing career. Somebody went back to the NFR last year as a backup dogging horse for Trevor Knowles. The 21-year-old mare recently competed at the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo.
Sharon Camarillo also rode a Clabber Pinto at an NFR when she borrowed DiDi Taylor’s Cowgirl, also unregistered. Taylor bought the mare from Luman.
Oklahoma Star Jr, by Oklahoma Star, has the distinction of having sired three NFR horses and two of them were GRA World Champions. V’s Sandy, the GRA’s first champion, carried Jane Mayo to three GRA World Championships from 1959 to 1961. Just a year later in 1962, Star Plaudit took Sherry Combs Johnson to the GRA Championship. Star Plaudit also carried Tom Nesmith to a Steer Wrestling World Championship that same year.
Florence Youree also made the top 15 aboard an Oklahoma Star Jr named Joe’s Star Jr. Youree said that “Junior” was also a top calf horse. She joked that she and Dale were so poor that they would let other ropers use him so they could get the mount money.
The enduring On The Money Red sired three NFR qualifiers also. Sharon Smith’s Speed Money was the first On The Money Red to run at the NFR. A couple of years later, Fallon Taylor’s Flowers And Money joined Speed Money. Most recently, Tami Purcell’s backup ride, Mr Money Red Bar, helped her qualify for and pick up checks at the NFR.
Another son of Jet Deck, Flaming Jet, also had three get make it to the NFR. Vickie Vickers' rode Brave Phantom, while Corley Cox qualified with Scooter Mons Flame and Jennifer Wilson qualified with Flaming Flit Mercedes. Incidentally, both Cox and Wilson raised their horses.
Several more stallions have had at least two qualifiers—Assured Pleasure, Biankus, Bugs Alive In 75, Lil Easy Cash, Shawne Bug, Sticks An Stones and Streakin Six.
Assured Pleasure, a son of Tinys Gay, sired Janet Stover’s Gotewin Bo, who helped her earn the 2001 WPRA World Championship. He also sired Janae Ward’s Cole And Cole, who carried her to two NFR qualifications and played small part in her 2003 WPRA World Championship.
Ironically, Biankus, a son of Skippety Flip, sent two sons to the NFR. The first was Kelli Currin’s home-raised stallion Captain Biankus. Later, Randi Rea Britt’s stallion Bogie Biankus went to the NFR with Katie McCoin Garthwaite.
Bugs Alive In 75, by Top Moon, sired Celie Whitcomb Ray’s I Got Bugs and Lanita Powers’ Hewani Bug. Both were out of great producing mares. I Got Bugs was out of Slash J Harletta and Hewani Bug was out the great Wahini.
Lil Easy Cash, a son of Dash For Cash, sired Terri Kaye Kirkland’s geldings, Cashinthedeckofaces and Bee A Lil Atom Bomb. Both were out of Kirkland’s blue hen mare, April Bee Deck, who also produced Classic Ali Cat. All three have shared duty.
Shawne Bug, by Lady Bugs Moon, sired JoAnn Middleton’s Toco Ernie and Melissa Hubiers’ Imitebeabug.
Sticks An Stone’s first NFR horse was Boleta Jet, who carried Lindsey Hayes Banks after her horse Passem Up Son died prior to the 1995 NFR. A son of Easy Jet, Stick An Stones’ second qualifier was Jolee Lautaret’s Ima Miss Sticks.
Streakin Six, a son of Easy Six, sired Charmayne James’ 2002 WPRA World Champion Cruisin On Six and Brittany Pozzi’s Sixth Vision.
Stallions joining the notable two qualifiers’ list as of the 2005 Wrangler NFR are Cash Not Credit, Moon Lark and Sun Frost.
Kassie Mowrey has qualified aboard the two young, talented daughters of Cash Not Credit, by Dash For Cash. She split saddle time with Shebe Firin For Cash and Flitin Firin Cash, both daughters of Fire Water Flit mares.
With Talina Bird’s first NFR qualification aboard her home-raised Maskeo Melody made Moon Lark, by Top Moon, a sire of multiple NFR qualifiers. Moon Lark’s first qualifier was Danyelle Campbell’s Howlinathemoon.
Two full brothers are responsible for making Sun Frost the sire of two NFR qualifiers. Kristie Peterson’s four-time WPRA World Champion French Flash Hawk was the first Sun Frost to take center stage. In 2005, two-time World Champion Sherry Cervi used PC Frenchmans Hayday to backup BC Tinman en route to her tenth NFR qualification.
Sun Frost is by Doc’s Jack Frost, sire of Leslie Schlosser’s NFR qualifier Future Frost and Doc Bruce, sire of Shali Lord’s NFR qualifier SX Docslider. Sun Frost also sired Frenchmans Guy, sire of Jolee Lautaret’s NFR horse, Frenchmans Twister.
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