A Sparkling Vintage Becomes NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Sire

This year's National Reining Horse Association Derby not only determined champions, but also brought a sire into million dollar territory.

From the National Reining Horse Association

In addition to his successful offspring, the 1997 bay stallion boasts an impressive resume himself with wins in multiple reining events. (Courtesy of NRHA)

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce its newest million dollar sire. During the 2016 NRHA Derby, A Sparkling Vintage reached the million dollar milestone when his two highest ranking offspring, Not Ruf At All and Platinum Vintage, made it into the top ten. A Sparkling Vintage is the 27th NRHA million dollar sire alongside other great sires such as Starlights Wrangler and Like a Diamond.

By NRHA $4 million sire Shining Spark and out of Vintage Badger, this 1997 bay stallion has an impressive reining resume in a variety of events such as the 2001 National Reining Breeder’s Cup (NRBC) Intermediate Open Derby Champion, the 2001 NRHA Open Futurity Top Five, and the 2002 ANCR Maturity Open Champion and Limited Open Champion. His lifetime earnings total $82,000. The stallion is currently owned by Silver Spurs Equine.

A Sparkling Vintage can thank his top ranking offspring for bringing him into million dollar territory. Past NRBC Open Champion Not Ruf At All (LTE $415,766.08) won the 2016 NRHA open Derby reserve championship at a score of 222.5 with rider Jason Vanlandingham. Second ranking offspring, 2015 NRHA Open Derby Champion Platinum Vintage (LTE $197,945.04), placed in the top ten under rider Andrea Fappani. Other impressive offspring sired by A Sparkling Vintage include Vintage Glamour (LTE $52,767.35), Vintage Crome (LTE $46,004.32), and Vintage Sail (LTE $42,183.67). His offspring have collectively won over $1,020,023.00.

NRHA is thrilled to congratulate A Sparkling Vintage on becoming an NRHA million dollar sire!

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.