Since 1993, an eye-catching palomino stallion named Nu Chex To Cash has accumulated fame and recognition in the sport of Reining. Four years after becoming the sport’s 15th National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar Sire and just two years after being inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame, he has once more elevated his status becoming the 10th NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire. His offspring’s official NRHA earnings now total $2,002,150. Hilldale Farm, of Brashear, Tex., has owned Nu Chex To Cash since 1995 and has bred his top three earning offspring.
The 22-year-old stallion, bred by Margaret Drown of Santa Ysabel, Calif., had much success in the show pen from 1993 to 2002 earning over $57,500 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. In 2002, Nu Chex To Cash and Jessicah (Keller) Torpey, of Princeton, Ky., were awarded the NRHA Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Reserve World Championships and the NRHA Intermediate Open and Limited Open World Championships. In the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), Nu Chex To Cash earned 379 AQHA points and Superiors in Reining and Working Cow Horse. In 1999, he was the AQHA High Point Reining, Senior Reining, Working Cow Horse and Senior Working Cow Horse champion and repeated the Senior Reining High Point title in 2001.
Nu Chex To Cash (Nu Cash x Amarilla Chex) is well known for his progeny’s achievements. Pop Gun Cash BB (out of Sugar Pop Gun, bred by Deborah Strahman) is the stallion’s most recent earner. The gelding and Susy Baeck earned $15,190, the co-championship in the level 4 non pro division and championship in the level 3 and level 2 non pro divisions at the 2012 NRHA European Futurity. He is owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck.
Nu Chex To Cash’s leading progeny include:
- Big Chex To Cash: Owned by 23 Partnership, bred by Hilldale Farm, $194,260 NRHA LTE, 2005 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, 2007 NRHA Open Derby Reserve Champion, Reining by the Bay Open Derby Champion and 2009 AQHA Senior Reining Reserve World Champion.
- Wimpys Little Step: Owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC, bred by Hilldale Farm, $185,760 NRHA LTE, 2002 NRHA Open Futurity Champion, 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire. Among his outstanding offspring, Wimpys Little Chic is NRHA’s highest money-earner, $514,755, and a 2012 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee.
- Hot Smokin Chex: Owned by Curtis-Hof GmbH, bred by Hilldale Farm, $181,320 NRHA LTE, third place in the 2004 NRHA Open Futurity, fifth place at the 2005 National Reining Breeders Classic and 2004 Open Champion in the All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity.
- Lil Joe Cash: Owned by Russell Giles, bred by Kurt and Angie Harris, $157,450 NRHA LTE, and 2011 NRHA Open Futurity Champion.
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