With lifetime winnings totaling $371,472, Topsails Rien Maker made a huge splash in his sport. Even after his passing, he has continued to be one of the-all time leading money earners among reined cow horses.
The 1999 stallion known as “Slider” competed in reined cow horse events, which include herd work, reined work, cow work and steer stopping. Founded in 1949, the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s (NRCHA) events are quickly growing in popularity, and require horse and rider to have great levels of versatility. Teams are judged on their ability to separate cattle from the herd, perform a reining pattern, work a single steer in the arena, and stopping a steer by roping its horns. These events focus on the team’s ability to perform real ranch work.
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Slider was the only horse in stock horse history to have won the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman title three times, and co-owner/trainer Russell Dilday is the only rider to accomplish this feat three times! Sired by Topsail Cody, Slider also was the National Stock Horse Association’s (NSHA) World’s Richest Stock Horse Champion with Dilday in 2008 and 2011. Owned by Dilday and Kevin Cantrelle, Slider became a NRCHA leading sire and NRCHA Futurity finalist in 2010 with his first foal to show!
With his incredible achievements in his own show career, it’s not surprising to see Slider’s progeny rising in the ranks of stock horse competition and letting the legend of their sire live on.
Topsails Rien Maker's Breyer portrait model was produced from 2012 to 2015.