by Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse Journal
AQHA Professional Horseman Tim Finkenbinder leads Non Smokin Kid to the 2-year-old geldings world title at the 2013 AQHA World Show. (Journal
Marvin and Pearl Wieneke’s gold-trophy dream has been nearly 30 years in the making.
That dream was realized November 23, when the Wienekes' homebred Non Smokin Kid earned the 2-year-old geldings crown at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. By Not Kiddin Me and out of Blue Smokey Illusion by Star Seclusion, Non Smokin Kid was led to the win by AQHA Professional Horseman Tim Finkenbinder of Collinsville, Texas.
“Today, I looked out in the arena and thought he could beat anybody,” owner Marvin Wieneke told the Journal, noting that AQHA Professional Horseman Brian Ellsworth of Kendall, Wisconsin, has done a fantastic job fitting the gelding.
Non Smokin Kid is the product of three generations of Wieneke-bred horses. In 1986, the Wienekes purchased Redeemers Barbie. One thing became another, with Redeemers Barbie producing Blue Lingo, then Blue Lingo begetting Blue Smokey Illusion, and Blue Smokey Illusion foaling Non Smokin Kid in 2011. In addition to his 2013 world title, Non Smokin Kid was led to a fourth-place finish in yearling stallions by Marvin at the 2012 Adequan Select World Championship Show.
Aside from Non Smokin Kid, dam Blue Smokey Illusion has also produced Cool Smokin Lady (by Kid Coolsified). Since Ritchie Rivers purchased Cool Smoking Lady in 2011, the chestnut filly has earned a world championship and three reserve world titles, the most recent being the 2013 amateur 3-year-old fillies reserve world championship with Ganelle Rivers.
Non Smokin Kid has a full brother, too – a 2013 edition – and one that shows promise like his famous siblings.
Aside from winning genetics, one thing the Wieneke horses share is theme nicknames.
“His nickname is ‘Nacho,’ ” Marvin said of Non Smokin Kid. “We were in the meat business for 40 years and I’ve got all my horses named Nacho, Taco; stuff like that.”
And Nacho’s full brother is known around the barn as … ?
“Sir Loin. He’s cool, too.”
The catalyst to the Wienekes’ successful breeding program was their three horse-interested daughters.
“We had three girls at home, so when they left home, I liked the baby end of it, so we took over, bred the mares, kept the mares,” Marvin explained.
When Marvin and Pearl semi-retired in 2000, they ramped up the horse breeding, keeping with their goal of breeding to world champions to produce world champions.
Although Nacho had already topped the 2-year-old geldings field, his work was not done for the day. The Wienekes sent him back out into the Jim Norick Arena to represent Not Kiddin Me in the World Conformation Horse Association Get-of-Sire class.
Hard work like that is old hat for the Wienekes. In fact, after the Get-of-Sire class, the couple was hitting the northbound lane back to Minnesota. Eleven hours later, they’d be back home just in time for morning chores; somebody has got to take care of those homebred world champions.
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