September 30, 2011
Million-dollar sire Topsail Cody died undefeated.
In 1980, reining trainer Bob Loomis qualified three horses to the finals of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity.
The leader going in had to be Topsail Cody.
The chestnut stallion had topped the first round with a score of 230 points and tied for the second with a 232 1/2.
Bob and the easy-going stallion then pulled out the stops and received a 234 1/2 from judges Sunny Jim Orr, Paul Schuh and Eddy Cridge to win the finals and $29,236.
Although Bob had qualified Topsail Cody in only two shows for the 1980 AQHA World Championship Show, he elected not to show him there so he could keep him fresh for the futurity. However, in 1981, Bob and the chestnut stallion did show in Oklahoma City, where they won both the prelims and the world championship in junior reining.
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Topsail Cody was bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer C.T. “Tom” Fuller, who passed away September 5, 2011, at his Willow Brook Farms in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. By Tom’s Hall of Fame stallion Joe Cody and out of a versatile daughter of Doc Bar named Doc Bar Linda, who had points in halter and hunter under saddle, Topsail Cody was the product of a great program, combining the right genetics at the right time.
Bob, who got his start at Willow Brook, bought the 1977 stallion as a yearling to cross on his Boss’ Nowata Star mares. After starting the sorrel as a 2-year-old, Bob turned the stallion over to his 16-year-old niece, Chris Loomis, who “trail rode him all summer.” Bob began training Topsail Cody in earnest in November 1979.
Topsail Cody sired such notables as Cee Blair Sailor, a 1988 sorrel stallion out of Miss Cee Blair, who was campaigned in international competition. Freckles Top Prize is in the NRHA Hall of Fame and won the NRHA non-pro world championship twice. Topsail Dude won the AQHYA World Championship Show reining twice and was the 1993 reserve world champion in senior reining.
Topsail Cody’s foals have earned 6,796.5 AQHA points, five world championships and four reserve world championships.
As a broodmare sire, Topsail Cody sired the dam of Sailing Smart, the 1997 junior reining world champion and the 2000 working cow horse reserve world champion.
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In 1992, Bob partnered on the stallion with Dick Randall of Cupertino, California, and Topsail Cody moved to Boyle Performance Horses in Ione, California, under the care of Mike and Barbi Boyle. Dick purchased the stallion in 1994 from Bob and stood him in California.
“He was just such a gentleman to be around,” Dick says. “He loved people to come around, rub and pet him. He liked to look around, and he got turned out every single day.
“I’ve only been involved with the horse business a few years,” he said in 2002. “So I’m not the greatest evaluator of horses. But I recognize Topsail horses.
“I have always been impressed with their attitudes. They want to do their job. They’re willing. You don’t have to force them into anything. That’s going to be his greatest contribution to the reining horse industry.”
Topsail Cody was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 1996. He died February 23, 2002, from colic. The chestnut stallion started on the East Coast, spent much of his career in Oklahoma and finished by impacting reiners and working cow horses on the West Coast.
And, who knows, maybe one of his grandsons will continue the legacy – undefeated.
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