There’s a big difference between a stallion and a sire.
Freckles Playboy is definitely a sire, passing his ability to win on to multiple generations of progeny, including NRCHA champion Bet Yer Blue Boons, million dollar sire Playgun, and Long Pines’ NRCHA Supreme Horse, Bettin Yer Smart.
In 2013 “Playboy” was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, cementing his legend status.
According to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), of 2,084 foals produced in 26 foal crops, Freckles Playboy claims 13 AQHA world champions and 17 reserve world champions. His daughters’ foals add an additional 13 AQHA world champions, 15 reserve world champions and more than $35 million in earnings with AQHA alliance partners.
Freckles Playboy is among the AQHA top 10 all time leading maternal grandsires by points earned for both cutting and working cowhorse. His sons and daughters amassed $24.5 million in National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) earnings, placing Freckles Playboy in the top 5 of NCHA all time leading sires, by offspring earnings.
His offspring also earned more than $285,000 in the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA), more than $125,000 in the National Reining Horse Association and nearly $177,000 at the AQHA World Championship Show.
Freckles Playboy was foaled February 1, 1973, sired by Jewels Leo Bar out of Gay Jay, an outstanding cutting mare. Jewels Leo Bar was a money-earning son of Sugar Bars out of Leo Pan, daughter of 1989 AQHA Hall of Famer Leo, a prolific sire known, like Freckles Playboy, for passing his genetic potential on to his daughters.
Bred and owned by Texas oilman Marion Flint, Freckles Playboy was started and trained by Terry Riddle. The 15.1 hands sorrel hit the show ring in 1976, claiming co-reserve champion honors at the NCHA Futurity.
In 1977, he won an AQHA world championship in junior cutting and placed third at the NCHA Derby. The following year, he took second in the NCHA Finals and third at the AQHA World Championship Show in senior cutting.
He earned 25 AQHA cutting points and $59,976 in NCHA competition.
Then, in 1979, Freckles Playboy was diagnosed with Navicular syndrome. With his show career at an end, Flint wanted to put him down, but Riddle talked him out of it. Flint gifted Freckles Playboy, along with several other horses, to ranch manager Kay Floyd, who decided to promote Playboy as a sire at Riddle’s ranch in Winwood, Oklahoma.
His true calling as a sire is evident.
His first foal crop in 1978 produced Shesa Playmate, a 1981 futurity finalist and 1982 NCHA derby winner.
His 1979 crop included NCHA semi-finalist Freckles Aglow. And the list kept building year after year, with noted competitors like 1986 NCHA non-pro world champion Playboy’s Kid, 1988 NCHA world champion Hyglo Freckles, 1988 NCHA non-pro world champion Playboys Madera; as well as noted sires like Playgun, a 1992 grey stallion out of Miss Silver Pistol (by Doc’s Hickory), who has sired earners of more than $9.5 Million and 9,390 AQHA points.
Freckles Playboy was euthanized due to kidney failure in 2003 and buried on Floyd's ranch in Stephenville, Texas.
In 2013, when he was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame, he was still ranked third on the list of all-time leading sires by offspring earnings – and the tally continues to rise.
Freckles Playboy’s offspring continue to be sought by working cowboys and competitors alike throughout the quarter horse world.
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