KAPLAN, LA – OCTOBER 21, 2013—Longtime industry player Chad Hart of Royston, Ga., has added two royally-bred colts to his stallion battery for 2014. Chad, who fostered the late Packin Sixes to leading barrel horse sire honors in the 1990s, purchased Firewater Canyon from leading breeder Vickie Adams of Collinsville, Texas, and Boxers N Briefs from leading futurity owner Heath Boucher of Fredericktown, Ohio.
Firewater Canyon, a 2012 gray stallion, is by legendary barrel horse sire Fire Water Flit out of multiple National Finals Rodeo qualifier, slot race winner and aged event champion Mulberry Canyon Moon, by former leading barrel horse sire Marthas Six Moons out of daughter of National Finals Rodeo sire Osage Streaker (TB).
Firewater Canyon will stand full-time during the 2014 season.
Boxers N Briefs, a 2011 sorrel stallion, is also by Fire Water Flit out of all-time leading futurity horse and the first dual $100,000 slot race champion Famous Silk Panties, by the all-time leading barrel horse sire Dash Ta Fame out of a daughter of leading barrel horse sire Bully Bullion.
“These are two nice sons of Fire Water Flit,” says Chad, who also owned leading freshman barrel horse sire Eddie Stinson for his first three seasons at stud. “They’re both by Fire Water Flit, but they’re two different looking horses and that gives people options. I’m excited about crossing them on some of my race-bred mares.”
Chad decided to purchase Firewater Canyon after researching the available mares in the barrel racing industry.
“If you look at it by the numbers, you need an outcross,” says Chad. “With all the Dash Ta Fame and Frenchmans Guy mares out there, I wanted the best bred outcross for those types of mares. I think this is one of the best bred sons of Fire Water Flit and everything you could ask for in a stud prospect.”
Vickie Adams concurs with Hart’s assessment and believes that Chad will give Firewater Canyon every opportunity to become an exceptional sire.
“This colt reminds me a lot of Fire Water Flit,” she says. “He’s got the conformation, great disposition. He’s good legged and good footed. He’s sensible and personable like Fire Water Flit was.
“Chad is going to give him every opportunity to make a great sire. He’s got a great farm and some top-notch broodmares to cross him with. He’s going to stand alongside some of the best racehorse stallions in the business. It’s a great opportunity for that colt.”
Firewater Canyon will stand to a limited book for a $2,500 fee at Hart Farms in Kaplan, La., in 2014. Due to the length of time it takes to prove a barrel stallion as a competitor and sire, Chad says Firewater Canyon strictly will stand at stud.
While Firewater Canyon will enter full-time stud duty right away, Boxers N Briefs will have very limited stud duty and be pointed to the arena with Chad’s longtime friend and leading barrel futurity trainer and rider Brett Monroe of Gay, Ga.
Boxers N Briefs will begin barrels training and stand to a limited book.
“He looks like Brett’s kind of horse,” says Chad. “I bought him because a lot of people want that Dash Ta Fame in them. There are a lot of sons of Dash Ta Fame out there, but not that many out of those really great Dash Ta Fame mares.”
Heath Boucher says he’s thrilled Famous Silk Panties’ first foal will get the opportunity to compete and stand under Chad’s proven management.
“I’m so excited for the future of Boxers N Briefs,” says Heath. “I feel confident that Chad and his team are going to provide him with opportunity to carry on his mother’s legacy. He’s a special horse.”
If all goes according to plan, Boxers N Briefs will stand for $1,500 via frozen semen to a very limited book for the 2014 season so he can begin is barrel training.
Chad is hopeful he can put both Firewater Canyon and Boxers N Briefs on the map as barrel horses sires just as he did Packin Sixes and Eddie Stinson.
“We’ll see if works or not,” laughs Chad. “I enjoy proving those horses and trying to turn them into something. I like the breeding aspect of it because I enjoy seeing what will work and not. I don’t know how much money is in it, but I sure enjoy doing it.
“The breeding business can be tough, and we want to offer people good customer service so it can be enjoyable for everyone. It shouldn’t be a hassle. We want to do the best we can to make sure mare owners have a positive experience.”
For more information, please feel free to contact Chad Hart personally at 706.201.5648 or Hart Farms Manager Jerome Bellard at 337.643.3255 or 337.207.7944.