Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame stallion and Million Dollar Sire, Topsail Cody, died February 23 from colic.
Foaled in 1977, by Joe Cody out of Doc Bar Linda by Doc Bar, Topsail Cody was a product of C.T. Fuller's Willow Brook Farm, in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. The sorrel stallion was shown in reining by Bob Loomis, who purchased him in 1980, and based his breeding program around him. Topsail Cody won the 1980 National Reining Horse Association Futurity, then earned the American Quarter Horse Association Junior Reining World Championship the next year.
Owned by Dick Randall of Cupertino, California, since 1993, Topsail Cody's foals have earned in excess of $1,193,000. He was inducted into the National Reining Horse Association Hall of Fame in 1996 and was honored as an NRHA Million Dollar Sire in 1998. In 2001, he passed another milestone, when his son, Topsail Whiz, became a million dollar sire as well.
In AQHA competition, Topsail Cody foals have earned 5,565 points, and he has sired 151 Open and Amateur performance Register of Merit earners.
For the last nine years Topsail Cody stood at Boyle Performance Horses in Ione, California, and he was a favorite with Mike Boyle. "He was so full of heart. He was our best friend!"
Owner Dick Randall, agreed. "We all loved this horse. He was a great producer, but more than that, he was such a gentleman. He will be missed."
With a handful of mares already bred and settled in 2002, and with some frozen semen on hand, 2003 will see the last foal crop of this great sire.
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