Following Spooks Gotta Whiz’s 2012 NRHA Derby Championship, owner Michell Anne Kimball announced his retirement from NRHA aged event competition. “It was with careful consideration that I decided to close his aged event career,” Kimball said after his NRHA Derby win. “I felt that after winning the 2010 NRHA Futurity, the 2012 National Reining Breeders Classic and the 2012 NRHA Derby, there was nothing left prove and that retirement would be in the best interest for his health and well being. I am proud to say he is retiring sane and sound after becoming the first stallion to win all three of NRHA’s major events.” However, this doesn’t mean we won’t have the opportunity to watch this talented reining superstar again in the future. “Being a part of Team USA for the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) has always been a dream of mine and I’m looking forward to “Baby” becoming a part of that team when it comes time to qualify.”
The 2007 dual registered stallion won the 2012 NRBC and the 2012 NRHA Derby with NRHA all-time leading rider Shawn Flarida at the reins. “He’s a great horse and showed phenomenal tonight,” Flarida said after his Derby win. “I love him!” Shawn, who started riding the five year old stallion in February has high praise for Spooks Gotta Whiz. “All the really good ones have a tremendous mind. A lot of these horses have the athletic talent, but not all of them have the brain. And he’s got the brain!” Flarida piloted Baby Spooks to 2012 earnings of $135,862.20 bringing his NRHA lifetime earnings to an impressive $316,022.21.
Spooks Gotta Whiz will remain busy with breeding commitments for the upcoming 2013 breeding season and Michell couldn’t be happier with his first foal crop that hit the ground in 2012. Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction Center, Valley View, TX will continue to manage Spooks Gotta Whiz’s breeding commitments. You can reach Cinder Lakes Ranch at (940) 637-2536, or www.cinderlakesranch.com. You can learn more about Spooks Gotta Whiz and his accomplishments at www.spooksgottawhiz.com.
Photo by Waltenberry.