January 31, 2023

Dun It A Little Ruf Joins NRHA Million Dollar Dam Roster

Dun It A Little Ruf Joins NRHA Million Dollar Dam Roster

When standout athlete Patriot, ridden by Nathan Piper, claimed the 2022 The Run For A Million Championship, he became the highest money-earning horse in the history of the National Reining Horse Association.

But that’s not all. His win catapulted both his owners, Shannon and Hershel Reid, and his dam, Dun It A Lil Ruf, past the million-dollar mark.

Dun It A Lil Ruf was bred by Sandi Holt and was sold to NRHA Professional Ann Salmon-Anderman during her two-year-old year. With Anderman at the reins, Dun It A Lil Ruf won more than $32,000, including a Level 2 Open Championship at the 2013 Derby.

From the beginning, Dun It A Lil Ruf was a producer. Her first foal, Ruf Lil Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream), won more than $107,000. Ruf Lil Magnum won an American Quarter Horse Association World Championship in Senior Reining, a Level 3 Open Championship at the NRHA Derby, was an NRHA Futurity Finalist, and placed just outside the top 10 at the 2019 The Run For A Million Invitational.

The mare’s next four foals were winners, as well, averaging nearly $20,000 per horse.

Then came Patriot, sired by NRHA Eight Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook. An NRHA Futurity finalist, the colt hit his stride in his first Derby year, tying for the win of the 2019 National Reining Breeders Classic, then finishing third at the NRHA Derby before winning an AQHA Junior Reining World Championship to wrap up the year.

In 2020, Patriot continued to reign, finished second at the NRHA Derby, and placed well at other major events. In 2021, Patriot made his first appearance at TRFAM, finishing sixth. By the time the 2022 TRFAM came around, Patriot had already become one of the Association’s biggest money earners at more than $330,000. As the year nears its end, the 7-year-old stallion boasts earnings of $834,632, becoming not only Dun It A Lil Ruf’s highest earner but also the highest money-earning horse in NRHA history.

In November, NRHA Corporate Partner Teton Ridge purchased the blue-hen mare, who has continued to produce winners. In fact, Dun It A Lil Ruf’s first nine foals have all won money in NRHA events. The mare was honored for her achievement during the MS Diamonds TX L4 Open Finals at the NRHA Futurity.

Dunit A Lil Ruf’s top earners include:

  • Patriot (Smart Spook) $834,632
  • Ruf Lil Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream) $107,276
  • Maximum Mag (Magnum Chic Dream) $54,031
  • Dunit At Nite (Gunners Special Nite) $28,018
  • Ruf Nite (Gunners Special Nite) $22,814
  • Ruf Lil Joe (Dunit A Lil Ruf) $21,665
  • Ruf Up My Jersey (Yellow Jersey) $14,654
  • Shine Ruf Shine (Shine Chic Shine) $5,529
  • Ruf Lil Sixty Six (Inferno Sixty Six) $2,728

Sliders’ Night Out presented by Toyon Ranch Honors Hall of Fame Inductees and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Members of the equine industry turned out in force for the premier night on the social and charitable calendar of the reining community, the Reining Horse Foundation Sliders’ Night Out presented by Toyon Ranch.

Held Nov. 30 in the historic Centennial Building at State Fair Park during the National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships, the event honored Hall of Fame inductees and the annual Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient for 2022. It also offered its annual live auction, the proceeds of which benefit NRHA members in a variety of ways, including the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, the Hall of Fame, youth scholarships, and more.

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