Gallo Del Cielo Earns NRCHA Million-Dollar Sire Status

'Rooster' is recognized as an outstanding National Reined Cow Horse Association sire.

From the National Reined Cow Horse Association

The other new NRCHA million-dollar sire, Gallo Del Cielo (Peppy San Badger-Doc Starlight by Doc Bar), aka "Rooster," died following an August 20, 2015, accident, but he left an indelible impact on the entire Western performance horse industry. (Credit: courtesy of NRCHA)

The National Reined Cow Horse Association continues to add the names of exceptional stallions to its million-dollar sire list, proudly welcoming WR This Cats Smart and Gallo Del Cielo as the two newest members of this elite group.

Foals by these two stallions have broken the seven-figure earnings mark in the reined cow horse arena, making them the 15th and 16th horses to achieve NRCHA million-dollar sire status.

Foaled in 1989, the bay stallion Gallo Del Cielo (Peppy San Badger-Doc Starlight by Doc Bar) was bred by Harold "Spook" Stream III, Lake Charles, Louisiana, and owned by the Polo Ranch Stallions of Marietta, Oklahoma. His own show career was brief. He competed only as a 4-year-old year, winning $28,438 in National Cutting Horse Association money.

But "Rooster's" defining role would be as a sire, and his foals achieved greatness in multiple arenas. Though Rooster was trained as a cutting horse, his offspring demonstrated particular flair for the reining maneuvers, making Rooster a $3 million sire in the National Reining Horse Association. His more than 500 performing foals have earned more than $5.8 million across all disciplines.

Rooster babies do more than spin and slide; they also have risen to the top in the multitasking reined cow horse arena. In the NRCHA, 112 Rooster foals shared in their sire's million sire achievement, with combined earnings of $1,010,778.

The top reined cow horse by Rooster is AQHA Superhorse and world champion Roo Star (out of Anna Paulena by Doc O'Lena), a 1999 stallion with $79,354 in NRCHA money. He is followed on the earnings list by Son Shining Rooster (out of Shining Zanzee by Shining Spark), a 2005 stallion who has won $62,231; Roosters Chicaroo (out of Meerly Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena), a 1996 mare with $60,150; Sheza Roo (out of Sheza Shinette by Shining Spark), with $57,641; and Roosters Hickory (out of Hickorys Red Rey by Doc's Hickory), with $45,417.

Gallo Del Cielo died following an August 20, 2015, accident, but he left an indelible impact on the entire western performance horse industry. He will be formally recognized at the 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, and his owners and/or representatives will receive a special Carol Owens Bronze Trophy in honor of his achievement.