Farewell to the Legendary Dual Rey
Author: Alex Taft
The Western performance horse world took a devastating blow yesterday after the great sire Dual Rey was laid to rest. It would be difficult to sum up in words just how big of an impact the 1994 legend made on the cutting industry, but his offspring record of more than $39 million can give you an idea of just how many athletes he influenced.
“His offspring say enough about him,” said Linda Holmes of her homebred stallion. “He was a great friend, and I am happy I got the last six months with him alone. I am happy he got to be turned out as a horse. He was happy slinging his head until his last moment.”
Trained by Lloyd Cox, Dual Rey began his performance career at the 1997 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, where he tied for sixth-place. Some of his career highlights include a fifth-place Open finish at the 1998 NCHA Super Stakes and the Memphis 4-Year-Old Open Futurity Championship. Dual Rey retired from the cutting pen with $105,038 in earnings.
His athleticism in the performance arena was clearly passed on to his offspring. A few of his top performers include, NCHA Open World Champion Special Nu Baby (LTE: $481,197), Rey Down Sally (LTE: $404,170), Reys Desire (LTE: $393,766), Miss Ella Rey (LTE: $375,842), and the list goes on.
Dual Rey, who was out of Nurse Rey (by Wyoming Doc) and by Dual Pep, was one of the leading sires of the NCHA and National Reined Cow Horse Association year after year. He stood at Oswood Stallion Station for much of his time as a sire, and the Oswood staff members like Jeff Oswood always made sure the stallion was cared for like the king that he was.
“I’d have to say we will all remember him for his quirky and demanding personality,” said Oswood team member Nikki Miller. “It was his way or no way.”
While it is never easy to say goodbye, there is peace in knowing the great stallion will be seen for years to come through all of his offspring that continue to compete. May this just be a reminder to hug your horses a little tighter and stay in the barn just a moment longer.
To read more details about Dual Rey’s performance and offspring record, visit http://oswoodstallionstation.com/dualrey