The reining world lost the legend, Whizard Jac, in 2009, but his legacy lives on today in his offspring that have now accumulated more than one million dollars in National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Lifetime Earnings. According to NRHA official records, his sire earnings are now $1,010,398.54.
Throughout his outstanding reining career, Bill and Dawn Pohl’s Whizard Jac earned over $155,000 and was well known for overcoming the odds in his first year of competition. As a three-year-old, Whizard Jac experienced foot problems, resulting in several operations and a three-month layoff. Despite the setback, Whizard Jac earned reserve champion honors at the 1996 All American Quarter Horse Congress Straight Arrow Futurity. A month later, he won the NRHA Futurity with future NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Flarida aboard. Flarida commented that it was Whizard Jac’s “tremendous mental capacity” that put them in the winner’s circle.
Flarida also rode Whizard Jac to the win at the inaugural United States Equestrian Team Reining Championship (USET) in Gladstone, N.J., during the 1999 USET Festival of Champions.
Whizard Jac (Topsail Whiz x Bees Honey Jac by Hollywood Jac 86) was bred by NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sally Brown of Maple Plains, Minn.
His top earning progeny include:
- Sail On Top Whizard: $183,640 NRHA LTE, bred by Yvette Saad, owned by Danny and Mireille Cerato, inaugural NRHA European Futurity Open Champion in 2009, 2011 Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Derby Open Champion, as well as open reserve champion at the 2008 IRHA Futurity and 2010 IRHA Derby with NRHA Professional Rider Bernard Fonck.
- Miss Lil Addy Tude: $111,560 NRHA LTE, owned by KC Performance Horses LLC, 2011 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic FEI CRI Champion, 2008 NRHA Derby Open Finalist as well as winning second place at the 2011 FEI World Reining Finals, 2011 World Reining Finals CRI-5* and 2011 Kentucky Reining Cup CRI-5* with NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal.
- Whizards Baby Doll: $39,130 NRHA LTE, bred by Jody Penrod, owned by Gregory Gessner, 2005 and 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion as well as 2005 NRHA North American Affiliate Open Freestyle Champion with Stacy Westfall.
- KP Offtoseethewizard: $39,000 NRHA LTE, bred by B. Cheree Kirkbride, owned by Lee Mancini, 2009 Sliding Summer Classic Bill Horn Derby Open Levels 1-4 Champion with Jed (JJ) Lawrence and 2010 Seminole Hard Rock Derby Level 4 and Level 3 Non Pro Champion with Jeff Kirkbride.
- Whizard Black Jac: $37,280 NRHA LTE, bred by Lynn Stevenson, owned by Kalimak SRO, 2003 NRHA Futurity Level 3 Open Finalist, 2006 Manntana Classic Derby Open Champion and 2004 National Reining Breeders Classic Derby Level 2 Open Finalist with Jerry Fowler.
Photo by Betsy Lynch.