Whiz Gata Prize
Whiz Gata Prize
This powerfully built and refined stallion is a rare breed of pedigree, performance and intelligence. Whiz Gata Prize is a 2013 deep rich sorrel stallion by the immortal 12 Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall Of Fame inductee Topsail Whiz. “Prize” himself has accumulated over $168,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings with another year of Derby eligibility, and he proudly holds a spot in the top 10 money earning offspring of Topsail Whiz.
The dam is a legendary producer, Smart Little Prize (by Smart and Trouble who is by Smart Little Lena) has offspring earnings over $723,985 with a total of 13 money earning offspring out of 19 that are currently of showing age. Prize is her second-highest money earning offspring after the legendary KR Little Conquistador with Lifetime earnings of $422,957.82
Whiz Gata Prize, was born and raised at the world-renowned Santa Hill Ranch in Campbell Hall, NY. Under the guidance of NRHA 4 Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Prize was purchased as a 3 year old by AC Quarter Horses (of Argentina) just months before the 2016 NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.
Right off the bat, this new team of Prize and Shawn won the Carolina Classic and ABI futurity in Williamston, NC. Next stop was Oklahoma City, where Shawn proved that he was right in what he saw in this phenomenal prospect. He made the top 3 in the first go and placed 2nd in the second go. Finals night this pair had an amazing run and tied Franco Bertolani and Prize’s paternal half brother Dun It For Whizkey for the NRHA Open Futurity Co-Reserve Championship.
As a 4-year-old, he made the Open L4 finals of the NRBC with Shawn in the saddle and ended up in the top 20 that year. Due to an injury, Prize was rested the remainder of his 4-year-old year. Shawn came back with Prize to the 2018 NRBC and again this duo was able to secure a spot in the L4 Open Finals with a super Top 10 finish. That same year, luck was not on their side at the NRHA Derby. In the go-round Prize got his front shoes hung up in a stop which caused a bobble and that unfortunately kept them from making the finals.
In 2018 the owner of Prize, Alberto Casasco (AC as his friends knew him), felt it was time for a change and under the guidance of Heule Reining Horses, LLC moved the horse to Jimmy Van Der Hoeven to give Prize a chance to flourish with another trainer. Jimmy and Prize were a great team together and proved this at the 2018 NRHA Futurity winning the NRHA Open Class.
Shortly after, Alberto was tragically diagnosed with aggressive terminal cancer. Alberto had an intuition that Prize would see his greatest success with Casey Deary in the saddle, so he took his chances and moved Prize to Casey that January. On February 8th, 2019, Alberto sadly lost his battle with cancer and would never see Prize shown by Casey. Although Alberto owned numerous successful Open horses, Prize had always been one of his favorites and with his passing the future of AC Quarter Horses was unknown.
Shortly after his passing Alberto’s son Augustin amazingly had come to the decision to continue operating AC Quarter Horses with the consultation of Heule Reining Horses just as his father had. The 2019 NRBC was a blast, Prize and Casey were “on” marking a 224.5 in the first go and the duo was headed to the Open L4 Finals. Finals day was an extremely emotional experience for everyone that was involved. Not only did AC Quarter Horses have Prize in the finals, but also Oops Itsa Spooks with Shawn Flarida. We could feel Alberto’s presence there that day and Casey and Prize were determined to make Alberto proud. They had a very early draw but laid down a phenomenal run and placed 4th at in the NRBC Open L4 Derby earning over $25,000.
After the NRBC, Prize was given a well-deserved rest and a decision was made to skip the 2019 NRHA Derby. Keep your eyes on the Prize, because we have high expectations for the little red stallion to become a top producer.
In loving memory of Alberto Casasco, a man that dreamed big, Heule Reining Horses, LLC will be standing Whiz Gata Prize to the public. Dreams do come true, stay tuned for details!