Behind the Slide – The TK 21 Connection

Horses with quality and longevity were the ones Tim Anderson set out to breed. A dedicated member of the reining horse family, Tim has served as an NRHA Corporate Partner, the Reining Horse Foundation President, and is an NRHA Million Dollar Owner.

Rayne Anderson, Logan Flaherty, Kim Niven, and Tim Anderson.

“I never went into it thinking that I would produce open caliber horses as well as horses who would do well for the non pros,” Tim said, referencing two of his horses in particular- Pale Face Gunslinger and Cashing Black Chex.

Pale Face Gunslinger, a nine-year-old gelding by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit out of Lost In Tinseltown, has a long list of accomplishments. A lifetime earnings of over $141,000 represent the gelding numerous championships- top 15 at the 2018 National Reining Breeders Classic, various wins at the High Roller Reining Classic, reserve champion at the 2017 RMRHA Summer Slide Stallion Stakes, and many additional wins in the ancillary classes.

At the 2023 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships, Tim’s granddaughter, Rayne Anderson, rode Pale Face Gunslinger, whom she calls Simba, to claim the titles of Toyon Ranch Rookie of the Year & Adequan® NAAC Rookie Level 2 Champions.

“I was just incredibly grateful to even have the opportunity to ride him,” said Rayne. “I used to just dream of being able to lope him around, so being able to show him and show him well is something I’m really proud of.”

As though that legacy was not already impressive enough, Cashing Black Chex, an 11-year-old gelding that Tim raised, was ridden by Logan Flaherty to win the Toyon Ranch Rookie of the Year in 2021. At the time, Anderson’s partner, Kim Niven, owned the gelding.

Cashing Black Chex, an 11-year-old gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Big Chex To Cash out of Blazing In Black, is the highest-earning offspring of Big Chex To Cash, having earned nearly $190,000 in his career.

“I grew up watching the horse, and I always loved him,” Logan said. “I never really thought that I would ever have a chance to ride him.”

Logan watched the gelding as he placed third in the 2015 NRHA Futurity and fourth in the 2017 NRHA Derby with NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal and won the 2019 The Run For A Million Rookie Non Pro with Addisyn Schmersal.

“These horses have just been high achievers from a young age,” Tim said. “They like to show and are competitive. It just turned out that they both have turned into Rookie of the Year horses in their own unique way.”

The gelding, who they call Moonshine, now has an extra special job – carrying Tim’s youngest granddaughter in the short-stirrup division.

The quality and longevity that Tim has striven for, in both the horses he raises and the ones he opts to purchase later, is abundantly apparent during the 2023 NRHA Futurity. Rayne and Simba will ride again in the Bob’s Custom Saddle Rookie 2 Showdown and the Toyon Ranch Rookie Showdown, while Marco Ricotta and Brandon Brant will ride other horses belonging to Tim in the Open.

“I think it’s very commendable of these horses to be able to have so many different calibers of riders – from a top professional to my youngest granddaughter being able to ride them,” Tim said. “They’re just tough old warhorses; they like to be competitive, and we love to show them.”