NRCHA Millionaires List

Although accomplishment in the history of the National Reined Cow Horse
Association is not measured only in dollars won, there are certain individuals
whose winning records have surpassed an incredible milestone. During the 2006
NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Finals, the crowd was introduced to the first
three millionaires of the reined cow horse world as they were honored with a
Carol Owens Bronze. As additional riders reach this milestone, their
accomplishments will be added as they join the first millionaires.
2006 - The Million-Dollar Award was created in 2006 by the NRCHA Board of
Directors to honor the riders who have surpassed one million dollars in earnings.
The first recipient passed that mark some time ago and his earnings actually
exceed $1.8 million. He is the winningest rider in the history of the reined cow
horse, with seven NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Championships and two
World’s Greatest Horseman titles to his name.
The NRCHA congratulates Mr. Ted Robinson of Oak View, California.
2006 – The NRCHA’s second Million-Dollar Rider is an incredible ambassador
for this industry and is a three-time NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion
and a World’s Greatest Horseman. He is a National Reining Horse Association
Open Futurity Champion, a multiple AQHA World Champion and an AQHA
Professional Horseman of the Year.
The NRCHA congratulates Mr. Bob Avila of Temecula, California.
2006 - The final NRCHA Million Dollar Rider recognized during the 2006 Open
Futurity Finals is an NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion, a World’s
Greatest Horseman and comes from a family of tremendous horsemen. He
celebrated his 2006 Snaffle Bit Futurity experience by finishing as the Open
Reserve Champion just days after his father, Jim, was inducted into the NRCHA
Hall of Fame.
The NRCHA congratulates Mr. Jon Roeser, from Lemoore, California.
2006 – This gentleman watched the NRCHA Million-Dollar Award ceremony
during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open
Finals. Just a few hours later, with the 2006 Futurity title and more than $100,000
earned at the Futurity on Smart Crackin Chic, owned by Singleton Ranches, he
also passed the million-dollar mark. Prior to his 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity
Championship he had won just about every title within the reining and cow horse
industries. He has numerous AQHA World Championships in both events and is
a World Reining Masters Champion.
The NRCHA congratulates Mr. Todd Crawford of Blanchard, Oklahoma.
In the NRCHA, not only are the accomplishment of riders important, but
the performance of the horses and the emergence of winning bloodlines have
created another set of millionaires. During the 2006 Open Futurity Finals, for the
first time ever, the NRCHA stallions that have sired offspring winning over one
million dollars were honored with a CR Morrison Bronze. As others join this elite
group, they too will be added and recognized as NRCHA Million Dollar Sires.
2006 - Nu Cash actually became an NRCHA Million dollar sire in 2003. The 1984
stallion, by Colonel Freckles and out of Nu Rendition, is the only NRCHA Open
Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion to sire three Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champions.
Nu Cash won the Futurity in 1987 and his offspring swept the Futurity from 1995
to 1997 – The Nu Colonel in 1995, She’s A Lot Of Cash in 1996 and Smart Little
Cash in 1997.
Nu Cash’s offspring have earned more than $1.7 million in competition, with
more than $1 million alone in cow horse events. Along with his three Snaffle Bit
Futurity Champions, he is also the sire of: Nu Chex To Cash, the 2002 NRHA
Intermediate and Limited Open World Champion, as well as Non Pro and
Intermediate Non Pro Reserve World Champion; 2004 AQHA Amateur Select
Team Penning World Champion Nu Jingles Beau; 1997 AQHA Amateur Working
Cow Horse Reserve World Champion Nu Cash Blues; AQHA Open Champion
Nu Fancee Cash; and 2001 AQHA Youth Working Cow Horse World Champion
Cee Nifty Cash.
2006 – The NRCHA’s second Million Dollar Sire, Shining Spark, reached milliondollar
status in 2004. He made headlines when he won the AQHA Junior Reining
World Championship in 1993 and the NRHA Open Derby Championship in 1994
but that was only the beginning of his legendary autobiography. This high-caliber
athlete, having marked a 230.5 to win his NRHA Derby title, has been known to
sire extremely talented performers. His offspring dominate both reining and
reined cow horse competition, but they also take the spotlight in roping events. At
the 2005 AQHA World Show alone, his offspring picked up four World
Championships including: Junior Working Cow Horse Champion Shiners Smart
Chex, Junior Heeling Champion Shyna Spark, Amateur Working Cow Horse
Champion Shine Smartly and Amateur Heading Champion Bald N Shiney. Bald
N Shiney also carried C.J. Murphy to win the AQHA’s All-Around Amateur title.
Shining Spark is the NRHA’s youngest Two Million Dollar Sire and consistently
ranks among the AQHA’s Leading Sires of Performance Point Earners. Born and
raised at Carol Rose Quarter Horses, Shining Spark was sired by Carol’s great
stallion Genuine Doc and out of the amazing mare, Diamonds Sparkle.
2006 – Smart Chic Olena also became an NRCHA Million Dollar Sire in 2004.
The NRHA Hall of Fame Member is a 1985 sorrel stallion by NCHA Triple Crown
Champion Smart Little Lena and out of the great producer Gay Sugar Chic, by
Gay Bar King. Smart Chic Olena is the only horse in history to win the AQHA
World Championship Show in both the Cutting and Reining. He is also the only
horse to win both the Open Championship Cutting and the Open Championship
Reining at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. He began his career as a
cutter, earning more than $113,000, and then converted to reining at 8 years old
for further success.
As a sire, Smart Chic Olena has set new standards. His offspring excel in reining,
cutting and working cow horse, and have racked up well over $7 million in
combined earnings along with more than 17,000 AQHA Performance points. He
is the sire of A Chic In Time, 2004 NRCHA World’s Greatest Champion and 2006
World’s Richest Champion; Chocolate Chic Olena, which won the NRHA Derby
and Super Stakes; and Paid By Chic, which finished third at the NRCHA Snaffle
Bit Futurity. His presence as a superior sire of reined cow horses is eminent
thanks to NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion, NRCHA Stakes and
NRCHA Hackamore Classic Champion Chics Magic Potion.

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