The Definitive List of 2020 NFR Qualifying Horses and Their Pedigrees
A breakdown of the breeding of each of the 2020 NFR qualifiers’ main horses' papers, and what trends that uncovers in top-level rope horses. Special thanks to the American Quarter Horse Association this year for its help in researching these bloodlines!

The Analysis

For the last three years, The Team Roping Journal has compiled a listing of the top 15’s main mounts. Doing so helps breeders, owners, buyers and sellers make more informed decisions in their horse programs, and it’s a project about which we’re very passionate. A few takeaways: 

  • Luke Brown’s DM Jet Off (double-bred Jet Deck), Andrew Ward’s Cole E Man (Okey Dokey Dale and Streakin La Jolla) and Chad Masters’ MRQH Spectacular Guy (Frenchman’s Guy and Truckle Feature) are the horses with the most run on their papers. 
  • Playgun makes a big appearance this year, gracing the pedigrees of Nelson Wyatt’s WYO Pay N Play (crossed with a Dash For Cash mare) and Jade Corkill’s Sixes Posse (crossed with a Mr. Sun O Lena mare). 
  • Dual Spark has three offspring on the list: Joseph Harrison’s CSR Dual Boonlite and Lula Dual as well as Travis Graves’ Dual Chip
  • The four mares on the list: Cody Snow’s Ima Fresnos Dee, Harrison’s Lula Dual, Junior Nogueira’s Apaches R Hali and Paul Eaves’ Docs Genuine Gunslinger.
  • Levi Lord’s Poco Sparta King is the oldest horse on the list. He’s 23.
  • The average age for the head horses on the list is 13.75 years old. The average age for the heel horses is 12.09 years old.
  • The youngest horses on the list are Harrison’s CSR Dual Boonlite and Jake Long’s The Star Pepto—both 7 years old.

HEAD HORSES

1. Luke Brown’s Sugar Bar Gold Dust (Fast Time)

WM Genuine Breeze (Bob) 

Texas Tallman (Cowboy)

DM Jet Off

2. Clay Smith’s Marty (Unregistered)

Each year, headers agree that Marty would be a top contender for the Purina Horse of the Year title IF only he had papers. 

3. Cody Snow’s Ima Fresnos Dee

4. Colby Lovell’s Bartender (Unregistered)

Lovell won second for $25,000 at RFD-TV’s The American on the bay roan gelding, and followed that up with consistent checks in front of Paul Eaves.

5. Dustin Egusquiza Timber’s Dude

6. Andrew Ward’s Cole E Man

7. Clay Tryan’s Cee How Nifty

8. Charly Crawford’s Gypsy Sailor (Sailor)

9. Chad Masters’ Ima Two Eyed Con (Cody)

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and MRQH Spectacular Guy

10. Erich Rogers’ Son Olena Steel (Boogieman)

11. Kolton Schmidt’s Tuffys Badger Chex

12. Nelson Wyatt’s WYO Pay N Play

13. Levi Simpson’s Teel Bar Badger (Stetson) 

14. Jeff Flenniken’s Remis Gay SonofaDoc (Sherwood) 

15. Brenten Hall’s Baylite Buster (Timebomb) 

and No Chrome Cash (Mikey) 

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HEEL HORSES

1. Joseph Harrison’s Main Street Boon (Street)

and CSR Dual Boonlite (Wylie)

and Lula Dual (Lula) 

2. Jade Corkill’s JLC Royal American (Huey)

and Sixes Posse (Champ)

3. Buddy Hawkins’ X (Unregistered)

Hawkins rode X at 61 of 63 rodeos this year, making the pint-sized pony an essential part of the Hawkins/Ward team. 

4. Jake Long’s The Star Pepto (CJ)

5. Junior Nogueira’s Kiehnes Frosty Pepto (Timon)

and Apaches R Hali (Hali)

and Peppers Homespun Kid (Greencard)

6. Travis Graves’ Dual Chip

7. Shay Carroll’s DMac Weeping Widow (Empire)

8. Paul Eaves’ Docs Genuine Gunslinger (Jade)

and Sting A Little (Guapo) 

9. Logan Medlin’s Nita Win Playboy (Drago) 

10. Wesley Thorp’s Little Hickory Boon

11. Paden Bray’s EM Magic Bar Eleven (Slider)

and Hugh (Unregistered)

12. Levi Lord’s Poco Sparta King 

13. Tyler Worley’s Ardie Badger (Bon Jovi)

14. Hunter Koch’s Two Sock Chic Cody

15. Chase Tryan’s Col Triangle Gold (Friendly) 

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