Another elite stallion has joined the National Reined Cow Horse Association Million Dollar Sire ranks, as offspring of CD Lights (CD Olena x Delight Of My Life x Grays Starlight), officially pass the seven-figure earnings milestone in the reined cow horse arena, winning a combined $1,033,877. CD Lights is the 17th stallion to achieve NRCHA Million Dollar Sire status.
Known to many in the performance horse industry by his nickname, “Boss,” CD Lights was foaled in 1999. He is owned by his breeder, Danny Motes, and leading National Cutting Horse Association professional Winston Hansma, Weatherford, Texas. Trained and shown by Hansma, CD Lights earned $234,000 in five seasons of NCHA competition. He became a finalist at 14 major NCHA limited age events, including the 2002 NCHA Futurity Open and the 2003 NCHA Derby Open. Another career accolade for CD Lights was marking a 229 to win the 2006 NCHA World Finals Championship, after which the stallion was retired from showing.
The first full CD Lights foal crop arrived in 2005, and as 3-year-olds, proved they had inherited their sire’s superior physical ability and disposition by earning substantial paychecks in the 2008 futurities. CD Lights babies made their earliest impression in the NCHA show pen, but quickly crossed over to also assert themselves in the demanding triathlon of reined cow horse competition. Hansma has continued his role in CD Lights’ career by training and showing his offspring to major titles in cutting and reined cow horse, winning the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Championship on Bossy Brother (CD Lights x Diamonds Sparklette x Genuine Doc), a gelding he owns with Motes.
The leading reined cow horse performer by CD Lights is CD Dee Vee Dee, with $201,627 in lifetime NRCHA earnings. CD Dee Vee Dee was bred by NRCHA Hall of Fame member Carol Rose, and is owned by NRCHA Million Dollar Rider Jay McLaughlin and his wife, Wendy. Jay and his son, Cutter McLaughlin, have shown CD Dee Vee Dee for the majority of his career.
In official recognition of CD Lights’ Million Dollar Sire achievement, he will be honored during a special presentation at the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas.
The top five NRCHA money-earners sired by CD Lights are all out of daughters of another NRCHA Million Dollar Sire, Shining Spark:
1. CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) 2005 gelding: $201,627
2. That CD Rocks (CD Lights x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark) 2005 stallion: $129,251
3. Step To The Light (CD Lights x Shinersdiamondjackie x Shining Spark) 2013 stallion: $63,612
4. Cashed My CD (CD Lights x Shiney Sushi x Shining Spark) 2012 stallion: $47,884
5. Mini Hot Flashes (CD Lights x Shiners Hot Flash x Shining Spark) 2011 mare: $47,638