Before the commencement of the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, NRHA all-time leading sire Topsail Whiz was sitting only $11,000 shy of hitting the historic 12 million dollar mark, and with only a few offspring competing in the open and non pro Derbies, it was unclear whether the legendary stallion would cross the threshold during the summer’s premier reining event.
It only took one ride, however, to push ‘Whiz’ over – making him the only NRHA 12 Million Dollar Sire.
Topsail Whiz comes from a lineage of sires that greatly impacted the sport of reining. The 1987 chestnut stallion was sired by NRHA Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Topsail Cody and out of Jeanie Whiz Bar. Bred by Tom and Susan McBeath and owned by Bob Loomis Reining Horses, Whiz passed away in 2009, leaving a hole in the reining world that only his progeny could fill.
With owner Bob Loomis on board, Whiz showed at six NRHA-approved events from November 1990 to April 1993. Boasting nearly $50,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE), the stallion’s top finishes in the show pen include:
- 1990 NRHA Open Futurity – Third Place
- 1991 NRHA Level (L)4 Open Lazy E Classic Champion
- 1991 NRHA L4 Open Derby – Fourth Place
The stallion’s most obvious success, however, came within the breeding shed. Producing many talented offspring, he has sired many champions, including seven NRHA Open Futurity champions and four NRHA Open Derby champions. His offspring also include three NRHA Million Dollar Sires and two NRHA Two Million Dollar Sires. At the 2018 NRHA Derby, Topsail Whiz had two offspring make the Open Derby finals. Dun It For Whizkey and Franco Bertolani finished third in the L4 Open and Whizkey N Cash and Tanya Jenkins finished fifth in the L2. The two horses earned nearly $36,000 making Whiz the first NRHA 12 Million Dollar Sire.
His most notable offspring include:
- The Great Whiz (out of Pines BH): NRHA LTE over $256,470
- Easy Otie Whiz (out of Miss Poco Easy): NRHA LTE over $233,610
- Whizkey N Diamonds (out of Princess In Diamonds): NRHA LTE over $216,335
- Dun It For Whizkey (out of Dun It For Chex): NRHA LTE over $214,803
- Smoking Whiz (out of Glendas A Smokingun): NRHA LTE over $208,838