NRCHA Derby: 2020 Leading Sires

NRCHA Derby: 2020 Leading Sires

See which were the top sires from the 2020 National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

sorrel rabicano stallion WR This Cats Smart (Credit: courtesy of QStallions.com)

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To excel at all three challenging events that make the National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby, 4- and 5-year-old horses must have the mind, conformation and athleticism to perform in rein work, herd work and cow or fence work. So, what are the top reined cow horse bloodlines 2020 from the NRCHA Derby?

These statistics, powered by AQHA, represent offspring earnings from 2020 NRCHA Derby results. 

Here are the 2020 NRCHA Derby Leading Sires: 

10. CD Lights 

1999 Sorrel (CD Olena-Delight Of My Life by Grays Starlight)
Owner: Winston Hansma, Weatherford, Texas
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings: $16,479.85
CD Lights is the 17th American Quarter Horse stallion to earn million-dollar sire status in NRCHA.

9. Shiners Nickle

2006 Buckskin (Shining Spark-Shesa Lota Nic by Reminic)
Owner: Cannon Quarter Horses 
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings: $17,328.81
Shiners Nickle, Cannon Quarter Horses' first stallion, earned the coveted title of 2009 Snaffle Bit Futurity open co-reserve champion.

8. Cats Merada 

1999 Sorrel (High Brow Cat - Merada Lena by Freckles Merada) 
Owner: Furst Ranch 
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings: $18,243.47
Cats Merada’s pedigree is outstanding. He is sired by legendary High Brow Cat and his dam, Merada Lena, has produced earners of over $278,566.

7. Dual Rey 

1994 Sorrel (Dual Pep - Nurse Rey by Wyoming Doc)
Owner: Linda Holmes
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings: $18,277.19
Dual Rey’s biggest impact on the sport has been in the breeding barn with offspring earnings of over $41  million.

6. Hottish 

2008 Sorrell (Spots Hot-Stylish Play Lena by Docs Stylish Oak) 
Owner: Dustin and Deena Adams
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings: $28,318.20
At the time of his death, Hottish ranked fourth only to Metallic Cat, Dual Rey, and High Brow Cat, among 2020’s leading cutting horse sires.

5. Kit Kat Sugar 

2008 Sorrel (High Brow Cat - Sugar N Dulce by Smart Lil Ricochet) 
Owner: Barbara Allsup 
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings: $35,608.65
2012 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year Kit Kat Sugar has offspring earnings over $1 million. 

4. Woody Be Tuff 

2001 Sorrel ( Nitas Wood-Tufts Junie by Tuff Lena) 
Owner: Center Ranch
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings: $36,858.53
Woody Be Tuff is an ideal outcross to many of the top bloodlines, including High Brow Cat, Peptoboonsmal, Dual Pep and Dual Rey.

3. One Time Pepto

2001 Red Roan (Peptoboonsmal-One Time Soon by Smart Little Lena)
Owner: Matthews Cutting Horses
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings:  $44,253.58
One Time Pepto won the NCHA Super Stakes in 2005. In his show career, he earned $331,097. He was also featured as AQHA’s Top Cow Horse Sire of 2019. See performance records and more on QStallions.com.

2. WR This Cats Smart 

1999 sorrel (High Brow Cat-The Smart Look by Smart Little Lena)
Owner: Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC 
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings: $51,391.52
WR This Cats Smart earned $326,514. His owner, AQHA Best Remuda Award winner Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC, is an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder and, and WR This Cats Smart’s foals are eligible for AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges. See his nicking report, performance records and more on QStallions.

1. Metallic Cat 

2005 red roan (High Brow Cat-Chers Shadow by Peptoboonsmal)
Owner: Rocking P Ranch LLC
2020 NRCHA Derby Offspring Earnings $55,517.60
Metallic Cat earned $637,711 during his cutting career. He was National Cutting Horse Association Horse of the Year in 2009.


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