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CF First Night Out Repeats As #1 World’s Champion Sire


by Bob Funkhouser


For the eighteenth time Saddle Horse Report has compiled its World’s Champion Sire Rating. To arrive at the results, points are awarded to the sires of all ribbon winners in all Saddlebred classes at the World’s Championship Horse Show except in the equitation division. Many of the rankings stayed the same with a few stallions falling out of the Top 20 and a few others returning and/or making their debut.



Top 20 Overall World’s Champion Sire - Points
1. CF First Night Out - 141
(CH Night Prowler x Happy Twenty-First by New Yorker)
*registered get 213 - 33 Ribbon winners in 2006

2. Periaptor - 88
(CH Courageous Admiral x Eliana by Classic Stonewall)
*registered get 452 - 25 Ribbon winners in 2006

3. Merchant Prince - 85
(Mountain Highland Memories x CH
Buck Creek’s Precious Princess)
*registered get 301 - 19 Ribbon winners in 2006

4. Callaway’s Blue Norther - 82
(CH Will Shriver x Royally Blue by Royal Rambler)
*registered get 293 - 19 Ribbon winners in 2006

5. Santana’s Charm - 62
(Sultan’s Santana x Vanity’s Belle by Vanity’s Sensation of Crebilly)
*registered get 317 - 17 Ribbon winners in 2006

6. Catalyst - 53
(Manhattan Supreme x Lakeview’s Captured Angel by CH Superior Odds)
*registered get 396 - 14 Ribbon winners in 2006

Harlem Globetrotter - 50
(New Yorker x Putting On Airs by Mr. Magic Man)
*registered get 627 - 14 Ribbon winners in 2006

8. CH Caramac - 49
(CH Will Shriver x Stonehedge Vanity by Vanity’s Sensation Of Crebilly)
*registered get 414 - 15 Ribbon winners in 2006

9. I’m A New Yorker - 41
(New Yorker x Sentimentalist by
Denmark’s Bourbon Genius)
*registered get 269 - 12 Ribbon winners in 2006

10. For What It’s Worth - 36
(Worthy Son x CH In Reality by SLS Sportin’ Life)
*registered get 74 - 5 Ribbon winners in 2006

11. CH Harlem Town - 35
(Harlem Globetrotter x CH Town Dance by CH Yorktown)
*registered get 92 - 8 Ribbon winners in 2006

12. Attaché’s Thunderbolt - 30
(Attaché x Sweet
Sharon Supreme by Valley View Supreme)
*registered get 174 - 12 Ribbon winners in 2006

12. Desert’s Supreme Memories - 30
(Desert’s Supreme Admiral x Desert’s Precious Memories by Mountain Highland Memories)
*registered get 127 - 9 Ribbon winners in 2006

12. Family Jewels - 30
(Grape Tree’s Fox x Priceless Gem by Vanity’s Sensation of Crebilly)
*registered get 286 - 6 Ribbon winners in 2006

13. Castle Bravo - 29
(Ch. Sky Watch x
Yorkshire Pudding by New Yorker)
*registered get 66 - 7 Ribbon winners in 2006

13. The Irish Connection - 29
(Supreme Sultan x Miss
Blarney by Ch. Irish American)
*registered get 190 - 6 Ribbon winners in 2006

14. The Showboat - 28
(CH Will Shriver x Sultra by Supreme Sultan)
*registered get 99 - 5 Ribbon winners in 2006

15. Attaché’s Liquid Asset - 27
(Attaché x Mona
Denmark by Oman’s Desdemona Denmark)
*registered get 173 - 7 Ribbon winners in 2006

15. General Steel - 27
(Penny’s Superior Stonewall x Joyful Delight by New Yorker)
*registered get 118 5 Ribbon winners in 2006

16. Star Material - 26
Talent Town x Gold Star’s Ballerina by Stonewall’s Main Event)
*registered get 218 - 6 Ribbon winners in 2006

*Totals through 2005 listed in the 2006 American Saddlebred Reference Book




It was Blythewood Farms’ pride and joy, CF First Night Out, topping the live sire rating for the second consecutive year. Having the fewest registered get of any of the stallions in the Top 10, CF First Night Out led the rating by a healthy margin giving him a high percentage of champions. He boasts a most royal pedigree as his sire was the Fine Harness World’s Grand Champion and many times World’s Champion CH Night Prowler, a grandson of World’s Grand Champion CH Valley View Supreme. CF First Night Out’s dam is the New Yorker daughter Happy Twenty-First.


New Yorker continues to play a major role in the pedigrees of today’s top stallions. He is the sire of the seventh ranked sire Harlem Globetrotter and the number nine sire I’m A New Yorker. The New Yorker (CH Yorktown x Sandalwood Stonewall by Golden Stonewall) blood has proven to produce great results generation after generation. His son Harlem Globetrotter is the only sire to also have a son in the Top 20. That son is the number 11 ranked CH Harlem Town.


New Yorker was also the broodmare sire of the thirteenth and fifteenth ranked Castle Bravo and General Steel. Having three daughters who produced Top 20 Sires this year, New Yorker tied with Vanity’s Sensation Of Crebilly as the number one ranked broodmare sire among the Top 20 Living World’s Champion Sires. Vanity’s Sensation daughters produced Santana’s Charm (#5), CH Caramac (#8), and Family Jewels (tied for #12).


The Weldon family’s Callaway Hills has maintained a strong presence in the sire rating since its inception in 1989. The two great producing sons of World’s Grand Champion CH Will Shriver, Callaway’s Blue Norther and CH Caramac held down the number four and number eight rankings in addition to placing first and second in the division for sires of five-gaited champions. Another CH Will Shriver son, The Showboat is in the Top 20 for owner Ann Thibo.


Having had the strongest influence of any stallion in the history of this rating, Supreme Sultan had one son remaining in the Top 20. Number 14 The Irish Connection continues to stay among the elite for owner Sue Nifong. Sultan also sired Supreme Heir, the former five-time number one Sire of World’s Champions who led the deceased rating for the third time in as many years that he has been deceased. His point totals still overpower the ratings as do the number of get he has and the number of ribbon winners.


It was an extremely good year for CF First Night Out who finished on top with 141 points. His get increased the stallion’s point total by 38 this year as those ribbon winners went up by 11 with a total of 33 offspring representing the number one sire at the World’s Championship Horse Show. Betty Neil and Sam and Ann Stafford of Blythewood Farm continued to help their own stallion’s success by showing and winning with CF First Night Out offspring. Among them were World’s Champion of Champions Junior Fine Harness Night Sight, Reserve World’s Grand Champion Three-Gaited CH Yes It’s True, World’s Champion ASR Yearling Futurity First Lover and World’s Champion Yearling Breeder’s Stake Bingo Night.


CF First Night Out was also number one among fine harness, in hand and pleasure sires, number three among three-gaited sires and number nine in the gaited division making him one of the few stallions to receive points in every division offered and the only one to score in the Top 10 of each division. Some of his other stars this year included World’s Champion of Champions Lady Cinnamon and CH CF First Light Of Dawn; World’s Champions CH Lady Maya, Out In Dixie, The Last Straw; and Reserve World’s Champions Just Heavenly, I’m First, My One Night Stand, and Stonecroft Sweet Confection.


Holding down the fort at number two for the second consecutive year was former multi-titled five-gaited stallion Periaptor. The son of Courageous Admiral and Eliana again had 88 total points. That total was helped greatly by his number one finish in the three-gaited/park division and his number two finish among fine harness sires.


Owned by the Loose family and standing at Rob and Jackie Tanner’s King’s Row, the regal bay stallion is the sire had 25 ribbon winners this year. Among them were World’s Champions Gone Platinum and Imperiaptor, Reserve World’s Champion of Champions Sue-She, and reserve world’s champions Sunshine Way, Charming Babette, and He’s A Dreamer in addition to top ribbon winners Highland Cavalier, CH Lady Periana, Ribbons and Reins, CH Royal Messenger, The Woodsider, and Periaptus Victorious.


One of the mainstays of the top World’s Champion Sires for more than a decade, World’s Champion Merchant Prince (Mountain Highland Memories x CH Buck Creek’s Precious Princess) moved back up to number three this year, just three points out of second. A former world’s champion performer in the ASHA National Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Futurity, Merchant Prince is one of only two stallions to sire a horse that has won two of the three Open World’s Grand Championships. His daughter CH A Sweet Treat won both the Fine Harness and Three-Gaited World’s Grand Championships. Merchant Prince’s sire, Mountain Highland Memories was the other horse to accomplish this feat. He did so with Memories Citation (Three-Gaited and Five-Gaited).


Merchant Prince is the senior sire under Bit Hutcheson’s direction at Happy Valley Farm, Rossville, Georgia. He had 19 different offspring earning points this year including World’s Champion of Champions Marching Orders and Reserve World’s Champions Wildly Chic, CH Rejoice, Sing My Song, Simbara’s Cara Mia, and I’m Dreaming. He finished number two among three-gaited/park and pleasure sires and number six in the fine harness division.


Right behind in number four with 82 is the main man at Callaway Hills, Callaway’s Blue Norther. Every since he hit the ring with Tom Moore 1984 Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship for Betty Weldon, this horse has been a star for Callaway Hills. The next year he was the Junior Five-Gaited Reserve World’s Grand Champion before retiring to the stud barn.


Of his 19 Louisville ribbon winners in 2006, CH Callaway’s Forecaster led the way. A former Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion, Forecaster retired from the show ring after winning last year’s World’s Champion of Champions Amateur Five-Gaited title. Equally as talented, CH Callaway’s Sugarplum was a repeat winner of the World’s Champion of Champions Ladies Amateur Three-Gaited title. Among his other top stars were World’s Champion Callaway’s Blue Agate, Reserve World’s Champion CH Callaway’s Born To Win, Reserve World’s Champion A Whole Different Story, and Reserve World’s Champion Callaway’s Karla. Callaway’s Blue Norther stands privately to Callaway Hills' mares under the direction of breeding manger Rick Berry and trainer Burt Honaker.


The majority of the top world’s champion sires were world’s champion performers themselves. Up and down the Top 20 you will find highly decorated performers who have passed those same attributes on to their get.


Winner of the Amateur Five-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions title in 1988, Santana’s Charm is our number five sire after moving up a spot from last year. Sired by the five-time Number One Sire Of World’s Champions, World’s Grand Champion Sultan’s Santana, Santana’s Charm is out of the Vanity’s Sensation daughter, Vanity’s Belle. His career has been directed by owner/breeder Bridget Parker at her Parker View Farm, Versailles, Kentucky.


With a total of 62 points, this year he was best known as the sire of the crowd-pleasing Three-Gaited Under 15.2 World’s Champion A Silver charm as well as World’s Champion Sheba’s Charm, World’s Champion Cameo’s Carte Blanche and Reserve World’s Champion CH Amusing. There were also some very nice young gaited horses that earned top ribbons and they included I’m Royalty Too, I’m Something Wicked, Silver Exchange, and Sensational Charm. Santana’s Charm was fourth among five-gaited sires and fifth in the three-gaited division.


Being represented by a great group of gaited horses this year, Catalyst once again represented Dick Kearney as the Number Six Sire of World’s Champions with 53 points. A son of Manhattan Supreme and the Superior Odds daughter Lakeview’s Captured Angel, Catalyst was best known this year for siring the sensation of the three-year-old gaited division, Catalyst’s Work Of Art. She won the three-year-old mare class at Louisville with Jim Lowry and went on to win the Dabora/UPHA Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Classic Grand Champion at Kansas City with new trainer Andy Freseth.


Catalyst also sired the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited World’s Champion of Champions Carolina Cat and the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited National Champion Colonel Hoss. He Walks On Water, Breathe, CH A Magic Spell, Respectfully Yours, True Blue Cat and others earned points at Louisville.


The Number One Sire of World’s Champions in 1995 and 1997 former World’s Champion Five-Gaited Stallion Harlem Globetrotter remained in the Top 10 with a seventh place finish. With a total of 50 points the son of New Yorker and Putting On Airs again represented Springfield, Kentucky’s Kalarama Farm with a group of stars. Among them were World’s Champion Kalarama’s Globetrotting Lady, World’s Champion of Champions Royalty In Black, Reserve World’s Champion I’m Bewitched, Dabora/UPHA Classic Grand Champion Harlem’s Showman, CH Harlem’s Hot Ticket, Kalarama Co-Ed and more.


Another former Number One Sire of World’s Champions, CH Caramac continues to show the staying power of his sire, Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion CH Will Shriver. This is the second CH Will Shriver son owned by the Weldon family’s Callaway Hills to rank in the Top 10 with 49 points for a ninth place finish.


A former Junior Five-Gaited World’s Champion himself, CH Caramac’s top get included World’s Champion CH My Chanel, World’s Champion Callaway’s Lil Abner, Reserve World’s Champion Callaway’s Connotation, Reserve World’s Champion Callaway’s Cover Page, Macaroon, Callaway’s Where There’s A Will, Caramac’s Bogart, Caramar and several others. One of Caramac’s stallion sons, Designed, is moving up the ladder siring some nice, young world’s champions himself for Judy Werner’s Redwing Farm.


Moving up six places from last year the former junior harness reserve world’s champion I’m A New Yorker (New Yorker x Sentimentalist) took over number nine with 41 points. The George Nash family of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, has been raising many outstanding show stars by I’m A New Yorker as his stock continues to rise. He was represented by some explosive and talented offspring including World’s Champion New York’s Perfect Gift, World’s Champion Our Axel Rose, World’s Champion Romance In New York, Reserve World’s Champion The Birthright, Rain, and Naughty, among others.


The legacy of Randy Tabor lives on with the Number 10 Sire of World’s Champions For What It’s Worth (Worthy Son x CH In Reality by SLS Sportin’ Life) making his first appearance on the rating. Still standing to the mares at 3-T Farm, Scottsville, Kentucky, and with a pedigree of world’s champion producers and performers, For What It’s Worth is quickly making a name for himself having sired the popular champions Victoria Lynn, Really Worth It, The Straight Guy, Indigo Joe, and Platinum’s New Look. For What It’s Worth was seventh among the five-gaited sires.


CH Harlem Town led the way for the second 10. The son of World’s Champions Harlem Globetrotter and CH Town Dance (by CH Yorktown), CH Harlem Town was number 11 with 35 points. Standing to the public at the O’Brien family’s Brookhill Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, CH Harlem Town sired the two-time Adult Show Pleasure World’s Champion of Champions CH Ninety-Eight Degrees as well as World’s Champions Brookhill’s The Lady Commands, World’s Champion Major Buck and Reserve World’s Champion Harlem’s Santa Fe.


There was a three-way tie for the number 12 spot with Attaché’s Thunderbolt, Desert’s Supreme Memories and Family Jewels all collecting 30 points each. Joan Lurie’s Attaché’s Thunderbolt sired one of the most exciting young horses of the year in Joe Friday. He brought down the house with John Conatser winning the Three-Year-Old Fine Harness Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship and then with Nelson Green at Kansas City winning the Dabora/UPHA Fine Harness Classic Grand Championship. Attaché’s Thunderbolt is also the sire of World’s Champion The Attaché Orchid, Reserve World’s Champion Heavenly Thunder, and The Light O’ Love.


A two-time Five-Gaited Stallion World’s Champion, Desert’s Supreme Memories stayed in the mix with a tie for the number 12 position. Owned by Roberta Rassieur of St. Louis, Missouri, and standing at the Virgil Helm Stables in New Bloomfield, Missouri, this stallion has produced his fair share of world-class performers. He was ninth among the three-gaited/park sires this year. Among his winning offspring were World’s Champion of Champions Can You Hear Me Now, Bono, Margaret Rose, Odyssey Man, CH So Audacious, Salty Dog, Courtier, John Elway, and Memorize who finished the season winning the Five-Gaited National Championship at the American Royal, a feat Desert’s Supreme Memories himself had accomplished.


Also at number 12, the grand ole man, Family Jewels scored 30 points with 6 ribbon winners. A former five-gaited world’s champion, he was still sixth among five-gaited sires. Owned by and standing under the direction of Lori Floyd, the son of Grape Tree’s Fox and Priceless Gem was represented by World’s Champion of Champions CH Tigerlee as well as Surfer Boy, Jewels For A Lady, Jewelfire, Double Platinum and Billy Jewel.


New to the World’s Champion Sire Rating, 1999 Three-Gaited Over 15.2 World’s Champion and American Royal Three-Gaited National Champion Castle Bravo (CH Sky Watch x Yorkshire Pudding) came in tied at number 13, one point away from the number 12 sires. Known for his size and athletic ability while in the show ring thrilling crowds with Mitchell Clark, this royally bred stallion is now making his mark as a sire at the Mitchell Clark Stables in Danville, Kentucky. With seven ribbon winners this year Castle Bravo was already the number four sire in the fine harness division. He was led there by the exciting world’s champion Castledream. Hallelujah Chorus was a world’s champion for the second consecutive year in the three-gaited division. There was also Alfa Bravo, Dream Castle, Citron, Rock The Casbah and Chantilly Castle.


Having made a home on the World’s Champion Sire Rating for many years, The Irish Connection also had 29 points in thirteenth place. Owned by Sue Nifong’s Silverlin Farm, The Irish Connection (Supreme Sultan x Miss Blarney) was the number one in hand sire for the past three years and has also proved to be a top performance sire. From his North Carolina home he sired 2006 Louisville ribbon winners including Reserve World’s Champion Irish Epic, Reserve World’s Champion Golden Market, Reserve World’s Champion Guiness, Irish Cappuccino, Royal Crest’s Freedom Rocks, and America’s Lass.


The third CH Will Shriver son in the Top 20, The Showboat has become a hit at Ann Thibo’s Show Fizz Farm in Wilmington, Illinois. He finished two places higher than last year in fourteenth place with 28 points, one away from thirteenth and two away from the number 12 spot. His five point winners this year were Reserve World’s Champion of Champions CH Showboat’s Casino, Reserve World’s Champion CH The Showstopper, Royal Showcase, Showboat’s Casablanca and Magnolia Hawks.


Attaché’s Liquid Asset moved down one notch this year. He has been among the Top 20 for some time for owner Sharon Vuinovich. The son of Attaché and Mona Denmark has 27 points to finish tied with General Steel in 15. Liquid Asset has sired many top horses and this year was well represented on the green shavings by World’s Champion CH Assets and Attitude, CH Undulata’s Jimmy Hollywood, Undulata’s Georgie Girl, Attaché’s Touched By An Angel, Platinum Asset, Another Asset and Unclaimed.


Longtime breeder/owner/promoter Gil Romito has proud of his boy General Steel. Standing at Alliance Stud, the son of Penny’s Superior Stonewall and Joyful Delight was still up in the rating with his number 15 finish despite the loss of one his recent stars, CH Tamarack’s Lightning Strikes. He was still represented in Freedom Hall by World’s Champion Star Spangled Steel, Reserve World’s Champion G.P. Rom, CH Steel In Love, Steel Appeal, and Sacre Blue.


Rounding out the Top 20, Larry Hartsock’s Star Material (Talent Town x Gold Star’s Ballerina) had 26 points among his six get. Star Material will be forever famous for siring the twice World’s Champion of Champions Ladies Five-Gaited CH Walterway’s Remember Me.


The legend of the Hall family’s Supreme Heir lives on and looks like it will for sometime as he again topped the Deceased Sire Rating. Among his list of Louisville superstars this year were World’s Grand Champion CH Callaway’s Copyright, World’s Champion of Champions The Majestic, World’s Champion of Champions CH The Shadow Knows, World’s Champion of Champions Callaway’s Buttons and Bows, World’s Champion Swish, World’s Champion Heirithmatic, World’s Champion Callaway’s Sunday Edit, World’s Champion CH Lightnin’ Lil, and World’s Champion Nurse Goodbody.


Top 10 Living Sires – Five-Gaited Division

Sire - Points

1. Callaway’s Blue Norther - 32

2. CH Caramac - 25

2. Santana’s Charm - 25

2. Star Material - 25

3. Catalyst - 21

4. Family Jewels - 19

5. For What It’s Worth - 16

6. CF First Night Out - 15

7. Supremacy’s High Time - 12

7. Northern Blues - 12


Top 10 Living Sires – Three-Gaited/Park Divisions

Sire - Points

1. Periaptor - 58

2. Merchant Prince - 53

3. CF First Night Out - 38

4. Harlem Globetrotter - 32

5. Santana’s Charm - 27

6. I’m A New Yorker - 24

7. Callaway’s Blue Norther - 20

8. Sultan’s Royalty - 14

8. The Showboat - 14

9. Attaché’s Thunderbolt - 13

9. Desert’s Supreme Memories - 13


Top 10 Living Sires – Fine Harness Division

Sire - Points

1. CF First Night Out - 28

2. Periaptor - 18

3. Slam Dunk H.G. - 15

4. Castle Bravo - 14

5. CH Harlem Town - 8

5. (SA) Tornaado - 8

6. Merchant Prince - 7

6. (SA) Zovoorbij Commander In Chief - 7

7. Designed - 6

7. Family Jewels - 6

7. Northern Blues - 6

7. Simbara’s Rising Son - 6


Top 10 Living Sires – Pleasure Divisions

Sire - Points

1. CF First Night Out - 54

2. Callaway’s Blue Norther - 25

2. Merchant Prince - 25

3. Catalyst - 24

4. The Irish Connection - 20

5. CH Harlem Town - 17

6. Attaché’s Liquid Asset - 16

6. (SA) Zovoorbij Commander In Chief - 16

7. The Showboat - 14

8. For What It’s Worth - 12


Top 5 Living Sires – In Hand Division

Sire - Points

1. CF First Night Out - 11

2. My Magical Moment - 10

2. Sir William Robert - 10

3. The Irish Connection - 8

3. Basquiat - 6

3. Undulata’s Nutcracker - 6


Top 5 Deceased Sires

Sires - Points

1. Supreme Heir - 224

2. CH Heir To Champagne - 78

3. Roseridge Heir - 58

4. CH The King Of Highpoint - 36

5. Revival - 35


Past Number One Overall Sires

2005   CF First Night Out

2004   Callaway’s Blue Norther

2003   Supreme Heir

2002   Supreme Heir

2001   Supreme Heir

2000   Supreme Heir

1999   CH Caramac

1998   Supreme Heir

1997   Harlem Globetrotter

1996   Sultan’s Great Day

1995   Harlem Globetrotter

1994   Sultan’s Great Day

1993   Sultan’s Santana

1992   Sultan’s Santana

1991   Sultan’s Santana

1990   Sultan’s Santana

1989   Sultan’s Santana


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