Kansas Center for Equine Reproduction
Stud Fee: $1,750 (includes book fee, not shipping fee)
Julie Castaneda came to own the 2006 AAA stallion Dashin Dynamo on a wing and a prayer.
The Kansas transplant originally from California had coveted the son of First Down Dash out of the Ronas Ryan mare Ronas Covergirl, but her program was small and new, put together after a lifetime building a dog-boarding business. ‘Dynamo’ had ended up in Melanie Smith’s Solo Select program. Smith was planning to transfer his Pink and Ruby Buckle spots to her stallions and sell Dashin Dynamo in her online Solo Select Sale that summer.
“I purchased a broodmare in the March Solo Select Sale in 2020, and I saw Dashin Dynamo again,” Castaneda said. “I have a lot of faith, and I believe in making things happen and seizing the opportunities you can, so I thought ‘How fun would it be just to be able to bid on him?’”
Castaneda had $31,000 in an account set aside for buying broodmares, but she got online during the next Solo Select Sale (which allows buyers to automate their bids by setting a limit) and put that in as her maximum bid. And she won.
“I sat there just looking at my phone in disbelief,” Castaneda said.
Castaneda has enrolled or re-enrolled Dashin Dynamo in 17 incentives: the Riata Buckle, Ruby Buckle, Breeder’s Challenge, Royal Crown, Triple Crown 100, Tomorrow’s Legends, Future Fortunes, Valley Girls (VGBRA), Cowboy State, Barrel Racing Incentive Fund, Legends of the South, Colorado Classic, C-N California Incentive, Select Stallions, WPRA-PESI, Cornhusker and TQHA.
“If you’re riding a Dynamo, it serves me to serve you and stand behind those babies,” Castaneda said. “I’m trying to build a culture around our stallion.”
With limited breedings Dashin Dynamo has produced earners of $131,000.
SIRE: First Down Dash
DAM: Ronas Covergirl by Ronas Ryan