Thursday, July 31, 2008

Another good horse lost

Just Plain Colonel

Just Plain Colonel, the great Ward River Ranch stallion, died from complications of colic on July 23 at the age of 25. The stallion was the National Reined Cow Horse Association's No. 6 All-Time Leading Sire, and has appeared on reined cow horse, cutting and reining leading sire lists consecutively from 1995-2007. “He was an important part of the Ward Ranch breeding program for over 20 years,” said Dar Hanson, Ward River Ranch breeding manager. “He will be missed as a sire and as a friend.”

Just Plain Colonel, born in 1983, was by Colonel Freckles out of Grey Nelly by Blue Whammy Cat. During his cutting career, the brown stallion was an Open finalist in the Bonanza Cutting as a 4-year-old; a money-earner in the Open of the Tropicana Derby; Reno Celebrity Derby Open top 10; placed fifth in the Open of Reno's Western Classic; finished fourth in the Open of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Challenge; PCCHA Tournament of Champions 4/5/6-Year-Old Open top 10; and numerous other top competition placings. His lifetime earnings added up to $53,926.

Through his breeding career, Just Plain Colonel was the sire of two NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro Champions and two Open Reserve Champions, and a two-time World's Greatest Horseman Competition Reserve Champion. Justa Hot Chic, shown by Laurie Ward, was the 2002 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Non-Pro World Champion. Nicilena, shown by Joanne Carollo, was the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open World Champion, as well as the NRCHA River Front Farms Non-Pro Derby Champion. Just Plain Pici and Plain Sugar Remedy were NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open World Reserve Champions.

In 2004 and 2005, Miss Plain Plain and Russell Dilday claimed the World's Greatest Horseman Reserve Championship title. Just Mister Dual, a Just Plain Colonel son who has lifetime earnings of $144,199, was the PCCHA Cutting/Stakes Open Champion, as well as a top 10 finisher in the Open at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity. Colonels First Pic is Just Plain Colonel's top money-earning offspring, with lifetime earnings of $164,054. Colonels First Pic finished in the top 10 of the NCHA World Championship Non-Pro finals, as well as a finalist in the NCHA $10,000 Novice Non-Pro. Other leading foals by Just Plain Colonel include: Miss Plain Dual, Plain Spring Remedy, Colonel Taffy, Sweet Fillynic, Colonels Hot Chic, Colonel Tivio Barga, Plain Frosty Doc, Just Spring Remedy, Sugarnics Star, Just Plain Doin It and Colonels Plain Pic.

I always thought he was such a nice but overlooked horse. You can see more info on him here


Lazy A Ranch said...

Bucky James died this morning also.

Holly said...

that is a good photo of him. He looks like he was a handsome horse.

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