The Heart of a Champion and Endless Talent
Never has there ever been a stallion like this. A royal pedigree, a legendary show career, endless athletic talent, the HEART OF A CHAMPION and a devoted team behind him giving him every opportunity to become a leading sire of the reining horse industry.
“Big Star” is a 2011 palomino stallion by Gunnatrashya out of #1 All time Leading NRHA money earner Wimpys Little Chic. He was bred and raised by Arcese Quarter Horses of Weatherford, Tx. HDC Quarter Horses purchased Big Star as yearling at the 2012 NRHA Futurity Select Yearling Sale, under the guidance of their long time manager and resident trainer at their facility in Argentina Hubert Heule.
Immediately after the purchase Hubert made arrangements for Big Star to stay in the states and be started and trained through his 2 year old year by the renowned Brent Loseke. Hubert who had worked with Brent extensively in the past was confident that Brent would give Big Star every opportunity to express his natural talent by giving the horse the confidence to go onto a successful show career. In the fall of that year Brent confided that Big Star had a special feel to him and predicted that the horse would go on to achieve great milestones. Jordan Larson took over Big Star’s training that winter. Big Star and Jordan remained together as a powerful team throughout Big Star’s entire show career.
Jordan Larson rode Big Star to the 2014 NRHA Open Futurity Co-Championship ultimately tying Shawn Flarida and Shining Spook. This was an incredible moment for everybody involved. Big Star is the first foal by Gunnatrashya and out of Wimpys Little Chic who both won the NRHA Futurity with Shawn riding. Sharing the title with him made it extra special. That night Big Star became the first and only NRHA Futurity Champion by a Futurity Champion sire and out of a Futurity Champion dam. Additionally, HDC Quarter Horses had realized their goal of owning an NRHA Open Futurity Champion, a dream come true.
Big Star and Jordan went on to accumulate over $300,000 during his show career. Some of the other highlights were: 2018 World Equestrian Games Team USA Gold Medalist, High Roller Reining Classic Derby Champion with a score of 230, NRHA Derby Reserve Champion and AQHA Res. World Champion. Truly a unique individual, we have seen Big Star improve and mature as he went through his derby aged years. He is most famous for his lightning fast spins; he has had more solid +1.5 scores on his spins than any other horse shown. However, his talent reaches much further; Big Star is physically capable of executing maneuvers in a style that no other horse can.
Big Star’s greatest characteristic is his enormous heart, A HEART OF A CHAMPION. Big Star has a powerful will to execute his job to his fullest physical potential, in fact he thrives on it. He is a once in life-time horse that has always delivered a phenomenal performance when the stakes were high. Just like his extraordinary dam, Wimpys Little Chic, who showed her heart out every single time she walked in the show pen.
Big Star will pass the traits of a champion onto his offspring as it has been passed down in this line of great show horses for generations. Big Star’s desire for greatness combined with freakish physical athletic ability and looks of a supermodel are the makings of a breeding sire that this industry has never seen.
Big Star stands 14.2 hands with a moderate size body that is ideal to perform reining maneuvers with the highest degree of difficulty. His bone structure is of medium build, and in perfect proportion to the size of his body. He has big, strong and balanced hooves that are of healthy size to the rest of his posture. He remained barefoot on his front feet his entire career and never had to deal with any serious soundness issues. Big Star’s oldest foal crop is from 2016 and the offspring are showing attributes of greatness. Managed by Heule Reining Horses, LLC of Aubrey Texas Big Star is given every possibility to become one of the top sires of reining horses.
Big Star was initially retired sound from competition at the age of 7 after the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. However, When Jordan Larson got the invitation to be one of 12 elite competitors at the Run For A Million he knew he needed Big Star to come out for one last show together. Look for this team August 17th in Las Vegas at the Run For A Million!