SMART LITTLE LENA
As a sire, Smart Little Lena was outstanding, with money-earning foals in every performance discipline. In AQHA competition, his offspring earned 9,744.5 points and 22 world championships, along with $216,387. In the National Reining Horse Association competition, his foals earned $686,470. In the National Reined Cow Horse Association, they earned $973,136.95
But Smart Little Lena’s foals were primarily destined for the cutting pen and NCHA, where they earned $34.9 million.
As a maternal grandsire, his grandget earned 14,979.5 points in AQHA competition and $567,224. In NRHA competition, they earned $1.8 million; in NRCHA competition, they earned $2.56 million; and in NCHA, they earned $50 million.
Smart Little Lena was euthanized in 2010, but that wasn’t the end.
At the 2014 NCHA Futurity, 23 of the 25 open finalists – including the winner – carried the fighting blood of Smart Little Lena with them into the pen for their own duels in the dirt. The tiny stallion’s fighting legacy lives on.
Smart Little Lena was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2015.
HOLLYWOOD JAC 86
Hollywood Jac 86 was the first sire in reining history to exceed offspring with NRHA earnings of $1M, a feat he accomplished in 1993 when purses were significantly less than they are today, as were the number of available high money reinings. In the same year, he was inducted into the NRHA Hall Of Fame. Sixty percent of Hollywood Jac’s offspring were performers, earning over $1.7M in reining earnings, and 1,668 AQHA points. Hollywood Jac 86 himself earned NRHA earnings of $6,089, won two back to back NRHA Non-Pro World Championship titles in 1974 and 1975, and 12 NRHA bronzes. He also earned 80 AQHA open performance points, a performance ROM, and an AQHA Superior in Reining.
Hollywood Jac 86 only sired a total of 251 AQHA registered foals, a fractional number compared to the average offspring of the top reining stallions of today. Yet, as of 1/2004, Hollywood Jac 86 still ranks #4 in All Time Reining Sire offspring earnings, superceded only by three still living stallions. The #1 All Time Reining Sire spot belongs to his son, Hollywood Dun It, who has sired over 1000 offspring. The 2nd belongs to Smart Chic Olena, who has produced over 1200 offspring, and the 3rd to Topsail Whiz, who has sired over 750 offspring.
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