NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Dam Dun It For Chex was humanely euthanized at age 23 on Monday, September 23.
Bred by Pat Warren, Dun It For Chex was sired by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of Silver N Blue Chex. Cardinal Hill Training Center purchased her in 2014 and later retired her from an extremely successful breeding career to enjoy a life of luxury in Aubrey, Texas.
Although she never competed, the mare’s impressive progeny, with combined earnings of more than $1,034,461 to date, testifies to her superiority as a dam. Currently, 22 of her 32 offspring—five of which are not yet performance-age—have acquired NRHA earnings, including two that have more than $100,000 in NRHA LTE and several others that are close to reaching that mark. Her foals have finished with top honors at major events such as the NRHA Futurity and Derby, the FEI World Equestrian Games™, the National Reining Breeders Classic, and more. Notably, she produced Dun It For Whizkey, a 2014 stallion that’s experienced great success in the show pen under the guidance of NRHA Professional Franco Bertolani. The stallion has acquired more than $256,018 in NRHA LTE and earned prestigious titles including the 2016 NRHA Futurity L4 Open reserve championship.
Dun It For Chex’s passing left a hole in the hearts of all those who knew her, but her lasting impact on the reining industry will keep her legacy alive for years to come.
With “Respect the horse. Respect the sport.” being a foundational piece of NRHA’s mission, the National Reining Horse Association tasks itself with monitoring trends in competition, as well as new products presented to owners and riders. From time to time, new products appear on the equine supplement market claiming to enhance a horse’s performance. Over the last several years, cannabinoids have gained increased attention and have become nearly mainstream.
In 2018 Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act, also known as the “Farm Bill.” The passage of this bill has created some potential confusion with respect to the use of “hemp” and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in competing horses. The bill defines “hemp” as both the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any derivatives of cannabis with less than 0.3% THC. With the enactment of this bill, “hemp” is no longer considered a controlled substance under federal law, but THC remains a Schedule I drug with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
NRHA Animal Welfare and Medications Rules prohibit cannabidiols (CBD) and their metabolites. While hemp does not contain more than 0.3% THC, it does contain CBD. CBD, both natural and synthetic forms, are likely to affect the performance of a horse due to its reported anxiolytic effects. This substance is no different than legitimate therapeutics that effect mentation and behavior in horses. Horses competing at NRHA events and under NRHA rules who test positive for natural cannabinoids, synthetic cannabinoids, and other cannabimimetics will be considered in violation of the rules.
It is important to note that analytical methods are being implemented to detect CBD and similar cannabinoids. Caution is important when using these products as their composition widely varies and may not be representative of their label claims as there is no regulatory oversight from the FDA, nor guarantee of their safety in horses. It is always best to consult your veterinarian before administering any new substance to your horse.
If you have questions on NRHA Animal Welfare and Medications Rules regarding medications, dosages, withdrawal times, etc., please contact the hotline at 1-800-733-2472.
For Immediate Release – September 13, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Big Chex To Cash has unofficially joined the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Million Dollar Sire list. NRHA congratulates the 2002 stallion and his owners, Silver Spurs Equine, LLC.
Big Chex To Cash is by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Nu Chex To Cash and out of Snip O Gun, who will be inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame, a project of the Reining Horse Foundation, in December. As a competitor, Big Chex To Cash won in excess of $194,260. NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani piloted the stallion to earn reserve champion titles in both the 2005 NRHA Open Futurity and the 2007 NRHA Open Derby.
Big Chex To Cash has 171 money-winning offspring, whose earnings total just over $1,000,000. His top-earning offspring are:
- Cashing Black Chex (out of Blazing In Black): $172,895 NRHA LTE
- Big Creme Chic (out of Cremes Chic Olena): $88,102 NRHA LTE
- Checksworthy (out of Banjoes Shinning Star): $67,312 NRHA LTE
- Time To Mark Big (out of Shes Markin Time): $55,012 NRHA LTE
- Big Fat (out of ARC Senorita Cal Bar): $44,018 NRHA LTE
For Immediate Release – September 5, 2019 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is thrilled to welcome back Chris Maedche, an experienced advertising executive, to the NRHA Reiner team.
Maedche brings more than 25 years of equine and Western lifestyle advertising sales experience, 11 of which were previously with the NRHA Reiner. His expertise in commercial advertising combined with his passion for working with NRHA members and fans makes this partnership a great fit.
“I am happy and honored to be back with the NRHA Reiner and excited for the bright future of the sport of reining,” Maedche said. “I look forward to working with new and old friends.”
Contact Chris Maedche at (505) 681-3595 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your 2020 NRHA and NRHA Reiner advertising and marketing plans.