Editor’s note: This article was first published in October 2016 and does not reflect current statistical leaders, offspring earnings or performance earnings.

A glance at the Top 50 stallions on the 5-Year Leading Barrel Racing Sires’ chart shows 21 stallions were barrel horses themselves. In fact, all have an Equi-Stat record with the exception of one—due to age; Equi-Stat didn’t exist when he ran.

An additional four were bred for the barrel arena, but never competed or compiled an Equi-Stat record due to injury or the circumstances of life. Those four were by proven barrel horses themselves or by racing sires.

That’s a vast change from when Equi-Stat first started keeping barrel racing records. Leading sires were largely racehorses whose offspring were purchased off the track to gamble on the cloverleaf. A little record keeping and promotion of bloodlines throughout the years has changed everything.

Of the 25 leading sires who never barrel raced, 22 were racehorses and three were all-around performance sires with offspring excelling in a variety of events, from cutting and reining to roping.

Breaking it down further, six of the top 10 sires were barrel racing money earners, three were racehorses and one was a reining horse who went to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo as a backup calf horse.

Here, Barrel Horse News takes a brief look at the careers of the top-siring barrel racing stallions. As owners will attest, it’s no easy feat proving a stallion in the barrel racing arena. You risk injury and poor performance, and just sometimes, the testosterone gets in the way of even the best athletes.

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Frenchmans Guy is Equi-Stat’s All-Time Leading Living Barrel Horse Sire with progeny earnings in excess of $10 million. Photo by Larry Larson.

Frenchmans Guy

While Kristie Peterson’s French Flash Hawk (“Bozo”) was the Cinderella story of the aged-event circuit in the early 1990s, another horse of the same lineage was starting to make his mark in the northern plains—Frenchmans Guy.

Bred by James and Francis Loiseau of Flandreau, South Dakota, the 1987 palomino was sired by all-around performance sire Sun Frost and out of Frenchmans Lady, a daughter of Laughing Boy and out of Caseys Ladylove. Bill and Deb Myers of Saint Onge, South Dakota, had great success in the arena with Frenchmans Guy’s versatile half-brother Lord Alamitos and owned and sold two others before the palomino stud colt was added to their barn.

Although a stall-cleaning accident robbed the stallion of his right eye, Frenchmans Guy proved himself as a barrel and rope horse despite the disability. Equi-Stat—still in its infancy at the time—has Frenchmans Guy drawing checks at the Dakota West, Bad River and Fizz Bomb futurities. The stallion won much more with Deb at the rodeos and with Bill at the ropings before entering the breeding shed. Yet nothing he did himself can compare to what he’s done as a sire. As Equi-Stat’s All-Time Leading Living Barrel Horse Sire, Frenchmans Guy’s legacy is well assured.

0115 DrNickBar SpringerA young Fallon Taylor with her mount, Dr Nick Bar, at Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in July 1992. Photo by Kenneth Springer.

Dr Nick Bar

The legendary Flit Bar was already a world champion barrel horse sire when his son Dr Nick Bar hit the ground in 1979. Bred by Michael and Susie Davidoff of Plano, Texas, Dr Nick Bar was out of a point-earning Leo Tag mare,  Este Tag.

Although a very successful futurity and derby horse with Larry Stevens, much of Dr Nick Bar’s win record remains in dusty filing cabinets housed in results archives at Cowboy Publishing Group. Going on recollection, Stevens and Dr Nick Bar had the fastest qualifying time at the 1983 Old Fort Days Futurity.

Equi-Stat picked the stallion up in 1991, the year Stevens brokered a deal to sell the stallion to the Taylors for their young daughter, Fallon. That year, Stevens and Dr Nick Bar were finalists in the sweepstakes at The Texas Barrel Race and BFA World Championships, where Fallon finished reserve champion in the tough youth division.

Fallon won her first professional rodeo and filled her Women’s Professional Rodeo Association permit aboard the stallion. Later, he served as a backup horse for her first trip to the NFR.

Dr Nick Bar’s last recorded check was at age 21 at the 1998 BFA World Championships, where he finished fifth in the Youth with Kacee Bacon. With just four events—three in 1991 and one in 1998—Dr Nick Bar earned $6,699 according to Equi-Stat, and it’s a safe bet that the true amount is over six figures.

0115 FirewaterFlit SpringerVickie Adams rode Fire Water Flit to a 5th-place finish in the WPRA Open at the 1983 Texas Barrel Racing Association Futurity in Grand Prairie, Texas. Photo by Kenneth Springer.

Fire Water Flit

Fire Water Flit (“Milo”) was barrel racing royalty from birth. The 1978 palomino was the result of pairing WPRA world champion sire Flit Bar with Celie Ray’s NFR qualifier Slash J Harletta. Ray and Vickie Adams co-owned the mare, and Adams got Milo—named after Ray’s father—because he was a colt.

Although Equi-Stat wasn’t around during his time, Milo’s record is well preserved, thanks to the likes of photographer Kenneth Springer, who chronicled much of the stallion’s career.

Trained by Ray, Milo missed his only futurity due to a fractured splint bone but came back and won his first two derbies, placed at his first professional rodeo and won his second pro appearance as a 5-year-old in the spring of 1983.

Later that year with Adams in the saddle, Milo won the derby at the Texas Barrel Racing Association futurity and took the average at the State Fair of Texas pro rodeo in Dallas before concluding the year winning the Champion Of Champions derby.

In 1984, Milo had Adams in the WPRA top 15 before injuring his groin and fracturing his pelvis. The duo came back in 1985 and was once again in the WPRA top 15 when a fall in slack at the Helldorado Days pro rodeo in Las Vegas ended Milo’s barrel racing career.

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0115 PCFrenchmansHayday filePC Frenchmans Hayday is one of a rare few horses who have qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in multiple events—barrel racing and team roping. Photography by Faith/BHN file photo.

Proven versatility is found in the 1995 palomino stallion PC Frenchmans Hayday (“Dinero”).

His sire Sun Frost and dam Caseys Charm, by Tiny Circus and out of Caseys Ladylove, entered the barrel racing lexicon thanks to Kristie Peterson’s four-time WPRA world champion and aged-event standout French Flash Hawk (“Bozo”).

As Bozo’s full brother, Dinero needed not compete to draw attention, but he did, and he did it well. Dinero is one of the few horses who can claim qualifications to the NFR in two events—barrel racing and team roping as a heel horse. In 2005, Dinero helped Sherry Cervi place in the barrel racing average at the NFR and finished third in the American Quarter Horse Association/Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Heeling Horse of the Year voting. That year at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho, four heelers rode Dinero in the short round before Cervi hopped on him to run barrels.

Dinero’s Equi-Stat earnings stand at a mere $17,040, mostly from open divisional races like the NBHA Las Vegas Super Show where he won the 1D, since professional  rodeo earnings weren’t kept at all until 2010. The Potters estimate his lifetime earnings from barrel racing and team roping—he’s a nice heading horse, too—to be in excess of $400,000.

Designer Red

The 1995 sorrel stallion Designer Red had proven lineage before he ever proved himself in the arena. His full brother Speed Money had already taken Sharon (Smith) Davis to two of her five NFR appearances before he was born.

Danny Ray purchased Designer Red as a weanling from his breeder Marilyn Clark of Ocala, Florida, at the same time he purchased his sire On The Money Red, who was the leading barrel horse sire of the 1990s. Designer Red was out of Pin A Rose On Me by Mr Jet Magic.

Sent to the racetrack as a 2- and 3-year-old, Designer Red lit the board twice in five starts, winning and placing second once. He was also a finalist at the Speedhorse Sprint Futurity.

Designer Red started his barrel racing career as a 5-year-old with Terri Alexander. He was a finalist in the Gold Cup and Eagle’s Nest futurities before Darla (Taylor) Kennepohl took over the reins. With Kennepohl, the stallion was a finalist at the BFA World Championship derby, the Silver Cup and Gold Cup derbies and won the 2002 AQHA Senior Barrel Racing world championship.

Several different riders including Alona James and Cody Bauserman rode the stallion. Tanya Steinhoff won second at the All-American Youth in 2004 as well. When the curtain closed on his competitive career in 2005, Designer Red had collected Equi-Stat earnings of $53,898.

Ray sold Designer Red in 2008, and he currently resides in Brazil under the ownership of Armando Filho.

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Tanya Randall is an avid barrel racer and veteran contributor to Barrel Horse News. Email comments on this article to [email protected].

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