Sire Highlight: Walla Walla Whiz
When you think about elite reining sires of the final 10 years, you may’t skip Walla Walla Whiz. From top-level open rivals to non professional present horses, these with “Walla” on their papers persistently prime the chief board in any respect ranges.
NRHA Skilled and Seven Million Greenback Rider Shawn Flarida is aware of Walla, out and in, each as a performer and as a sire.
“For me, [Walla Walla Whiz] is a superb mare producer,” Flarida relates. “A few of his mares are off-the-charts cool. His studs do properly, too, however the mares are so robust. The Arceses (who personal Walla Walla Whiz, amongst others) maintain onto fairly a number of of them.”
These distinctive mares—together with loads of excellent stallions and geldings by Walla Walla Whiz—led the chestnut stallion to turn out to be an NRHA Million Greenback Sire in 2015. As of early 2023, his offspring earnings made him an NRHA 4 Million Greenback Sire. He’s already closed in on $4.5 million!
Walla Walla Whiz is by the nice Topsail Whiz and out of Shiney Walla Wanda, by legendary Shining Spark.
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Walla’s sire, Topsail Whiz, ranks as an NRHA 12 Million Greenback sire, a feat achieved solely by two different horses. His dam’s sire, Shining Spark, has greater than $4 million in NRHA offspring earnings. That royal pedigree arrange him—and his offspring—for greatness.
Constructing a Title
Walla Walla Whiz went to Flarida as a 2-year-old, when The Arcese household bought the horse. Walla skilled an damage as a 3-year-old, limiting his expertise as a futurity horse. Nevertheless, Flarida had no doubts the horse would make up for it within the following years.
“He was one among my favorites,” Flarida mentioned of Walla Walla Whiz. Walla now stands at Oswood Stallion Station in Weatherford, Texas, and continues to be owned by the Arcese household. “He was so good-minded. One humorous factor about him is he was all the time sleeping! I don’t know if he’s nonetheless that method, however he slept on a regular basis right here. For those who weren’t on his again, he was sleeping. However when it was time to do work, he was prepared.”
As soon as Walla hit the foremost occasions as a 4-year-old, his present profession hit its stride, amassing practically $190,000 in earnings, partially from profitable the 2007 NRHA Open Derby title.
However it’s within the breeding barn that Walla Walla Whiz actually shines. His prime performers are the a few of the hottest names in reining competitors—and his bloodlines are beginning to infuse different disciplines, too, as reining bloodlines discover their method into ranch driving and roping occasions.
Producing the Finest
Walla Walla Whiz’s prime son is the undisputable celebrity Americasnexttopgun, aka “Maverick,” with greater than $425,000 in lifetime earnings with Casey Deary on the reins. Demonstrating Walla’s mare-producing energy, Deary confirmed Shesouttayourleague to win each the NRHA Open Futurity and the NRHA Open Derby and to earn greater than $260,000 in lifetime earnings, and he piloted Americas Supermodel to greater than $230,000 in earnings. Moreover, Isnt She Good is an NRHA Open Futurity reserve champion and earner of greater than $170,000. His high-performing progeny crosses worldwide boarders, too, with examples similar to Made In Walla (greater than $130,000 in earnings and the 2015 NRHA European Open Futurity champ with Cody Sapergia and Derby reserve champ with Ann Fonck) and ARC Walla Dun Did It (earnings of greater than $118,000 and the 2014 NRHA European Open Futurity champ with Morey Fisk).
Every of those horses are being examined as producers in their very own proper, and the long run is brilliant for Walla Walla Whiz-bred performers.
Autor Jennifer Paulson