Friday, January 9, 2015

TT: Colonel Freckles- Vegas

Nothing like a Blake riding around on a Vegas.

It has been a few weeks since I have done the throwback Thursday special. So, this week, let's do a feature on Vegas' side! Let me introduce you to the handsome cutter stallion Colonel Freckles.
So round. Much quarter horse. 
Vegas' great grandpa was born in 1973 and inducted into the AQHA hall of fame in 2004. He was also the reason I did a paper on Blister Beetles and maintaining them in alfalfa fields when I was in entomology and insect ecology, as he died of colic from complications of eating blister beetles in 1986. Poor guy.
We don't like them shifty cows.
But what makes him so great? Well the little guy earned over $46,000 in the show ring. He was named winner and champion of the 1976 National Cutting Horse Futurity. That show in 1976 was known to have some f the toughest competition of all time, with great horses competing against him like Freckles Playboy, Doc's Oak, Doc' Remedy, etc.
That's a pretty snuggly looking face.
His kids are no slouch either. Just his sons and daughters alone earned over $4 million. Grandsons and granddaughters? Add another $14 million onto there. He has been influential in cutting, reining and reined cowhorse. In his first foal crop, an unbelievable 36 sons and daughters entered the 1981 NCHA futurity, and of course, one came out as a winner. 
Nu Cash. Also pretty sexy, but not as sexy as...
Nu Cash, a son of Colonel Freckles, was NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity World Champion and sired the '95,'96, and '97 NRCHA Snaffle Bit World Champions. Nu Cash earned in excess of $100,000 in the NRCHA and NRHA and has been listed consistently as a leading sire of Working Cow Horses since 1995.
...his son! Let me introduce you to Big Chex To Cash. Reining beast. Yeah, I'll let you wipe the drool off your screen now.
And then, you might remember this guy?
It's a Gunner! Would you look at that!
Yeah. He was a grandson on the original colonel.

I think it is safe to say that he has made quite the impact. And I have a little bit of that in my back pasture.


  1. LOVE Big Chex to Cash.

    I'm drooling all over the place!

  2. I love looking at horse heritage! It's always so interesting to me. My family used to breed horses & I hope someday to be able to carry on the legacy.

  3. I've always liked QHs. Not for eventing, I just like them. Funny his name is Colonel Freckles and has literally no freckles.

  4. those are some impressive horses in Vegas' family!! i love these posts on your horses' histories!

  5. My mare Sassy, is Double Colonel Freckles bred. Love that line!

  6. *swoon* that dappled palomino oh my lawd ♡♡♡