September 16, 2008 -- Reining champion Big Chex To Cash is set to join the Breyer stable for 2009 as the most recent reining addition to Breyer's product line-up since Colonel's Smoking Gun was honored in 2002. Big Chex To Cash's Breyer Portrait Model is available now at Breyer retailers.
At only six years old, the stunningly gorgeous palomino overo Big Chex To Cash has lifetime earnings of over $200,000 and holds the title to multiple national reining championships. His palomino sire, Nu Chex To Cash, is one of reining's all-time leading producers, having earned more reining points than any other horse in the American Quarter Horse Association's (AQHA) history, as well as being the only horse to have earned AQHA High Point Reining and High Point Working Cow Horse in the same year.
Owned by the 23 Partnership in California, it was not until the late fall of 2005 when paired with National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) million dollar trainer Andrea Fappani, when the talent Big Chex had been bred for became evident. That year, the pair won the West Coast Spectacular Futurity and the NRHA Futurity Reserve Championship with impressive sliding stops and powerful, controlled turnarounds. Also in 2005, Big Chex was the Equi-Stat All-Age Leading Reining Money-Earner, the Equi-Stat Reserve Champion 3-Year-Old All-Divisions Money-Earner and the winner of an NRHA Open Futurity Bonus.
"Big Chex To Cash has had a great career. We couldn't be more thrilled with his successes, and we're very excited to have him immortalized as a Breyer Portrait Model," said Fappani.
The deeply dappled stallion, with his flashy palomino overo coloring including four white stockings, a bald face and one blue eye, continued competing with Fappani in 2006. The pair returned to reining's spotlight with a vengeance in 2007 with the NRHA Open Derby Reserve Championship and the Reining by the Bay Derby Co-Championship titles.
The stallion currently stands at stud in California, through Fappani Performance Horses. His first foal crop arrived in 2007, and he stood to a full book in 2008. Hopes are high that his progeny will continue in his winning ways.