Freckles Playboy’s first foal crop hit the ground in 1978, and it was soon clear that he wasn’t just a stallion; he was a sire.
It was the day before Groundhog’s Day in 1973 when Freckles Playboy was born, sired by Jewel’s Leo Bar, a money-earning son of Sugar Bars, and out of Gay Jay, a spicy-hot cutting mare.
Terry Riddle started the sorrel colt and trained him for breeder and owner Marion Flynt, a Texas oilman. The two men pointed “Playboy” to the 1976 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, where he was the co-reserve champion. At the 1977 NCHA Derby, he was third, and he also won an AQHA world championship in junior cutting that year. In 1978, he was second in the NCHA Finals and third at the AQHA World Championship Show in senior cutting. He earned 25 AQHA cutting points and $59,976 in NCHA competition.
But the show-pen successes were cut short when Freckles Playboy was diagnosed with navicular syndrome in 1979. Flynt gifted the stallion to his ranch manager, Kay Floyd, who decided to promote him as a sire.
Today, within AQHA, Freckles Playboy is among the top 10 all-time leading maternal grandsires (by points earned) for both cutting and working cow horse.
In NCHA, Freckles Playboy is ranked third on the list of all-time leading sires, by offspring earnings. His sons and daughters tallied an amazing $24.5 million in NCHA earnings. Freckles Playboy offspring also earned more than $285,000 in the National Reined Cow Horse Association, more than $125,000 in the National Reining Horse Association and nearly $177,000 at the AQHA World Championship Show.
From 2,084 foals in 26 foal crops, Freckles Playboy sired 13 AQHA world champions and 17 reserve world champions. When you move to his daughters’ foals, then you’re talking about an additional 13 AQHA world champions, 15 reserve world champions and more than $35 million in earnings with AQHA alliance partners.
Freckles Playboy was euthanized due to kidney failure in 2003. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2013.