VON REMINIC Euthanized 6/6/2017
It is with profound sadness and pain we let the horse community know that VON REMINIC, 2000 NRHA Open Futurity Champion shown by Todd Sommers, suffered a broken leg while in pasture with his harem and was humanely euthanized on 6/6/2017.
Von Reminic is buried at Armstrong Equine Service, La Mesa, NM
Thank you for the outpouring of kind words in memory of such a remarkable horse – he will be missed.
“It was a big gamble, but the beauty of that horse, he was just phenomenal. He is for sure, the most gorgeous horse I’ve ever owned.”
Bolea, a NRHA Top 10 Owner, knew what he was looking for after winning the ’91 Futurity with trainer Todd Sommers and Slide Me To The Bar by Freckles Solis x Lady Ruffles.
In 2000, Sommers & Bolea would join Bob Loomis/C.T. Fuller – and later Shawn Flarida/Arcese Quarter Horses – as the only rider/owner teams to win the Open Futurity twice. In the process, Von Reminic would become the NRHA all-time leading money earner under the reins of soon-to-be Million-Dollar-Rider.
In 2005 on the recommendation of Rick McDonald, Joe & Josh Armstrong traveled to Bolea Farms in Lodi, CA, in pursuit of a stallion to incorporate into their breeding program. Joe would say of this first encounter with Von Reminic, “In 5 seconds I knew he was the one.”
With Von Reminic’s 3rd foal crop on the ground, the unproven sire returned to the Southwest under new ownership to stand at Armstrong Equine Service in La Mesa, NM.
2005 would close with $480 in total offspring earnings, marking the beginnings of a versatile reining horse legacy.
Thanks to you, Von Reminic’s offspring have amassed $329,337 in recorded earnings, winning events in Europe, Canada, Mexico and the USA. His offspring have earned over 1,600 AQHA points; Reining = +550, Ranch Riding = +550, Cattle Classes = +250, with points earned in every Western Performance class, Halter, Stakes and Pole Bending.
Von Reminic’s prolific versatility ranked him in the Top 50 Leading AQHA Sires of Performance ROMs (2015), Top 30 Leading Ranch Sires (2013), 33rd Leading NRCHA Sire (2013), 100th Leading NRHA Sire (2009) with winners at AQHA, VRH, NRHA, NRCHA, NCHA, NSBA, ABHA, ARHA, RHAA & RHC events.
With 227 registered foals, 75% have never seen a show pen. We take that to mean that Von Reminic offspring perform even better on the ranches they work and on the trails where they’re ridden.
While we are profoundly saddened by this loss, we are honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a legendary horse.
Thank you to all for the condolences, memories and pictures you’ve shared; we look forward to see what and where you will take your Von Reminics next – God bless and happy trails.
Armstrong Equine Service, La Mesa, NM
His offspring have won $312,307
Earners average $6,940
We’re Selling 8.
What will they win for you?
Von Reminic’s substance, structure and beauty enable him to set a record when sold for $92,000 as a yearling. Von Reminic showed only 4 times, won the 2000 National Reining Horse Association Futurity, and retired as the All-Time High Money Winning Reining Horse with earnings of $180,219. Sire of offspring with earnings in excess of $300,000.