Grays Starlight Named NRHA Million Dollar Sire

A new stallion has just been added to the National Reining Horse AssociationÕs (NRHA) list of Million Dollar Sires! Grays Starlight, owned by Polo Ranch in Marietta, OK, has just brokenA new stallion has just been added to the National Reining Horse AssociationÕs (NRHA) list of Million Dollar Sires! Grays Starlight, owned by Polo Ranch in Marietta, OK, has just broken

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A new stallion has just been added to the National Reining Horse AssociationÕs (NRHA) list of Million Dollar Sires! Grays Starlight, owned by Polo Ranch in Marietta, OK, has just broken into the elite group. Grays StarlightÕs (Peppy San Badger x Docs Starlight) offspring earnings now total $1,007,713.58.

Some of Grays StarlightÕs 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, Tioga, TX, and ridden by Dell Hendricks, Tioga, TX, has taken home top honors at such events as the 2003 USET Festival of Champions where he was the USEF Reining ChampionshipÕs 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, Mesa, AZ, came during the 2005 NRBC where rider Dell Hendricks earned the Open Championship and $60,000.

Another top money earner for Grays Starlight is Smart Starbuck owned by Smart Starbuck Ventures, Aubrey, TX. Smart Starbuck (Grays Starlight x Smart Marlena), ridden by Tom McCutcheon, 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 StarlightÕs success stories. Spooks Rey Jay, owned by Jimmy Pierce, Surf City, NC, and ridden by Todd Sommers, 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.

For more information, contact Kathy Damrill, NRHA Communications Manager, at kdamrill@nrha.com or (405) 946-7400 ext. 129.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the governing body of the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. The NRHA continues to educate its members and the public about Reining.