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The Rundown: News Roundup

The AQHA show and racing industry says goodbye to Dash Ta Fame, the results are in from the Big A Circuit in Conyers, Georgia, and the deadline for entries for the AQHA World Championship Show Sale has been extended.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
July 15, 2011

Dash Ta Fame

Dash Ta Fame, by First Down Dash and out of Sudden Fame by Tiny's Gay, died on July 14. Dash Ta Fame is the all-time leading sire of barrel racing horses.

Big A Circuit

At more than 15,100 AQHA entries (unofficial), the Georgia Quarter Horse Association’s back-to-back 2011 Stars and Stripes and Big A Circuits made a splash in the AQHA show scene.

The circuits ran July 1-11 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers (home of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic equestrian events).

For more highlights from the show, such as the free clinics given by AQHA Professional Horsemen Robin Frid and Lynn Palm, as well as Tim “The Trail Man” Kimura, official trail course designer for the AQHA World Championship Show, check out Christine Hamilton’s Journal on the Road.

Dash Ta Fame Dies

Dash Ta Fame, the 22-year-old son of First Down Dash, died on July 14. He is the 14th-ranked all-time leading sire of racing American Quarter Horses and is the all-time leading sire of barrel racing horses.

Bred and owned by Bob Burt of Sandy, Utah, Dash Ta Fame stood for many years at MJ Farms at Vequita, New Mexico, before moving for the 2010-2011 season to Smart Ranches at Temecula, California.

“We don’t know what caused his death,” said Dr. William E. Swyers, owner of Smart Ranches. “He was in excellent health and seemed to be fine. We fed him last evening, he ate part of his meal and then laid down and never got up.”

A post-mortem has been performed, but there were no overt signs of pathology, trauma or disease, according to Dr. Swyers, who said it might be a week or more before blood and tissue tests can prove anything conclusively.

Foaled in 1989 out of the winning Tiny’s Gay mare Sudden Fame, Dash Ta Fame earned $290,812 on the track while compiling a 13-7-1-3 record, including wins in the Grade 1 Golden State Futurity and El Primero Del Ano Derby, and finishing second in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1). From 17 crops at stud, Dash Ta Fame sired 2,204 Quarter Horse foals. Of those, 1,140 started on the track, with 610 coming back winners, including 82 in stakes and the earners to date of $16,885,995. Dash Ta Fame’s leading earner is Zia Futurity (RG1) winner Gun Battle, who finished second by a neck to No Secrets Here in the 2006 All American Futurity (G1).

Through 2010, Dash Ta Fame’s offspring had earned more than $6.3 million in barrel racing, including more than $1.2 million in Barrel Futurities of America competition.

AQHA World Show Sale

The new entry deadline for the AQHA World Championship Show Sale is August 15, with entry forms available on July 15.

The sale is November 17-18 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. For more information on the sale, check out Professional Auction Services Inc.’s website.