The NRHA Markel Futurity Sales, held annually at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan NAAC, are known for the exceptional caliber of horse that comes through.
This year, a special consignment is one that’s drawing a lot of interest – NRHA Million Dollar Sire Electric Code. The talented stallion will sell as Hip Number 333 on Thursday, Nov. 30
Electric Code made his mark on the industry when he claimed the 2008 NRHA Level 3 Open Futurity Championship and secured third place in the Level 4. Combined with his wins at the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association Summer Slide and the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, Electric Code completed 2008 as the #1 Reining Horse All Ages/All Divisions.
That run was owner Jared Leclair’s maiden voyage in the NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Finals, making it a bold move to show one of his own horses.
“It was pretty early in my career to show one of my own,” Leclair said. When he ran Electric Code through the end gate of the Jim Norick Arena, he was fresh out of his apprenticeship with NRHA Three Million Rider Tim McQuay. “I knew I needed a horse like that to get me on the map,” he shared.
As the distinctive pair became visible to the crowd, their attention was quickly captured by the daunting speed at which the pair approached the end of the pen.
“That first stop was awarded a plus-one-and-a-half! Joe Hayes said to me, ‘You were the only one who ran in wide-open and dared that horse not to stop,” Leclair recalled.
Ever since the pair left the arena champions that night, it’s been apparent to Leclair and anyone watching that the horse was going to be remarkable.
“You could just tell he was special. He knows he’s special,” Leclair explained. “If you ride enough horses, you know that the special ones stand out.”
Electric Code, sired by the legendary NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Jacs Electric Spark and out of Hot Coded Candy, has been owned by freshly-minted NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jared Leclair since he was in his two-year-old year.
“He’s never been the tallest horse out there,” Leclair said. “But he’s one of the strongest. He was just gritty. That’s what they need to be as a three-year-old, and he passes that on to his offspring.”
Leclair and Electric Code surpassed the million-dollar milestone within a year of each other, which contributed to Leclair’s decision to offer him for consignment during the NRHA Futurity.
“It’s a big milestone I’ve always wanted to try to achieve,” said Leclair. “Now, being a million-dollar rider, I’m just fortunate and blessed to be a part of that club. A big goal of mine was to reach the million dollar mark with him and to get him to be a million dollar producer.”
Since becoming a professional in 2013, Leclair has certainly made his mark as a rider with innumerable wins in the show pen, including but not limited to– the National Reining Breeders Classic, the Tulsa Reining Classic (now the 100X Reining Classic), the North American Reining Stakes, the NRHA Derby, the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Horse Show, the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show, the NRHA Futurity, the Florida Reining Classic, the Cactus Classic, and the High Roller Reining Classic.
Most recently, Leclair has developed a reputation for his rampant success as a non pro coach, which also contributed to the decision to consign Electric Code. Leclair said, “We’re building a big facility. That’s a big part of it. I want to concentrate on my business and want to try and win the Futurity again, so I have to rebuild my program.”
Ultimately, it was Leclair’s love for the sport and the horse that cemented the decision to consign Electric Code in the NRHA Markel Sale.
“It’s like with any heart horse. There’s a point where it’s time to let someone else enjoy that. He’s helped me accomplish my dreams and did all he could do for me and more. It would be selfish of me to not allow someone else to experience what this industry has to offer,” Leclair said, his voice thick with emotion.
The legacy of Leclair and Electric Code is permanently intertwined, and Leclair has no plans of that ending anytime soon, as he has several two-year-olds by the stallion that he has high hopes for in the 2024 NRHA Futurity. As for the choice to sell Electric Code at the NRHA Markel Sale, at the same show where their legacy first began, Leclair said, “There are a lot of people who wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity to buy a horse like that if it was done privately or behind the scenes. Putting him into the sale makes it an opportunity for somebody who thought they might never own a horse like that, to have the ability to own him.”
ELECTRIC CODE Details:
Height: 14.1 hands
Registration Number: 4710522
6 Panel: Negative (HYPP / MH / PSSM / HEDRA / GBED / IMM)
Total AQHA Foals: 665
Total QData Performance Earnings: $1,284,875
(Earnings include NCHA weekend money)
Number of Money-Earners: 256
Total AQHA Points Earned: 1,925
Number of AQHA Point-Earners: 94
Average AQHA Points Earned per Point-Earner: 20
Total AQHA Superior Awards Earned: 3
Total AQHA ROM Awards Earned: 74
AQHA Champion Awards Earned: 1
AQHA World Champions: 1
AQHA Reserve World Champions: 0
AQHA World Championships: 1
AQHA Reserve World Championships: 0
FOAL EARNINGS EVENT BREAKDOWN
Reined Cow Horse: $30,197.42
AQHA Incentive Fund: $3,738.65
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