Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Where else can you buy a breeding to one of the world's top reining stallions for half price?
The chance at a discount breeding and a total payout of $74,257 to the sires of top National Reining Horse Association Futurity horses in 2001 have helped make the NRHA Sire & Dam program a mainstay for reiners.
The 26-year-old program, which creates revenue through donated breedings, has seen an unprecedented increase in participation in recent years and income for 2001 showed a whopping 15% increase over those from the previous year.
Carol Trimmer, NRHA Sire & Dam Coordinator, credits the program's growth to increased enthusiasm, worldwide, about reining. "We're seeing more international interest," she stated. "Of course, we've always had great participation from Canada, but we recently sold a breeding to a gentleman in Norway. That was a first."
Another factor in the Sire & Dam program's growth has been the stallion owners' increased awareness of its benefits. Trimmer explained, "This year, Sue Hearst, the owner of Like A Diamond, earned $33,587.31 when RR Star won the futurity and Custom Crome owner Steve Simon collected $20,152.92 for Custom Pistol's Reserve finish. Lil Ruf Peppy Syndicate, the owners of Lil Ruf Peppy, who sired the third place winner Sailin Ruf, received $13,434.39. Hollywood Dun It, owned by McQuay/Easton, and Marthas Mega Jac, owned by Scott McCutcheon, also earned Non Pro Sire Awards.Kristi Rose and Quarta Earl earned the Non Pro Sire and Dam Offspring Award."
Besides earning awards, sire owners receive promotional benefits. "They're listed on the NRHA web site with contact information and we link them to the home page of the owner or agent," Trimmer added.
Mare owners also benefit by participation. "First, there's the half price stud fee. When the foal comes of age, it gets a reduced entry fee for both the futurity and one division of the Derby."
Trimmer is optimistic about the future of the program. “Once again our numbers exceed those of 2001 for the same period, due in large part because NRHA has always supported the reining horse breeders through the Sire and Dam Program. This program is unique in that stallion owners have real earning ability with no cash outlay. The promotional advantages are also significant. I recently talked with a stallion owner who enthusiastically credited the Sire and Dam Program with expanding the scope of her breeding operation.
The program has also enhanced her ability to attract the right kind of mare, with offspring heading for the show pen, and to expand geographically. It is hard to put a price tag on the promotional benefits of this program. It is also a great way to support NRHA and the sport.”