The National Snaffle Bit Association is saddened to report that the AQHA stallion Mechanic was laid to rest on October 15.

Sired in 2010 by A Good Machine and out of Zippin Thru Town (by Dont Skip Zip), Mechanic was bred by Johnny Pope in Conway, South Carolina, and later purchased by Sandra Morgan. The stallion quickly proved his athleticism by earning 72.5 AQHA Western Pleasure points as well as 14 AQHA Hunter Under Saddle points and 10.5 AQHA Performance Halter Stallion points. Proving his versatility, he earned a reserve championship in Western Pleasure as well as a champion title in Hunter Under Saddle at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

In his years as a breeding sire, Mechanic has sired 303 foals who have to date earned 3,320 AQHA points as well as $72,993 in NSBA earnings. His foals have seen success in the performance pen as well as in Halter and Performance Halter classes with both Open and Non-Pro exhibitors. Mechanic will be forever associated with his iconic “wrench” logo that accompanied his advertisements.

Among his notable offspring include HP The Rusty Fox, who has earned more than 476 AQHA points and $40,296 in NSBA earnings; Tool Man, earner of Level 1 Youth, Youth and Open points; Good Mechanic, earner of two AQHA Performance Register Of Merit awards; I Gota Girl Crush, earner of multiple AQHA Performance Register Of Merit awards; My Diesel Mechanic, AQHA champion and multiple All Around award winner; Nick The Mechanic, earner of multiple AQHA Register of Merit and Select Amateur All Around awards; The Right Mechanic, earner of $4,172 in NSBA earnings and multiple AQHA Performance Register Of Merit awards; Notice My Mechanics, earner of multiple All Around awards; She Runs Hot, earner of more than 120 Amateur and 70 Youth AQHA points; Laylas Lopin Machine, earner of multiple AQHA Performance Register Of Merit and All Around awards; The Repair Man, earner of multiple AQHA Performance Register Of Merit awards; A Natural Mechanic, earner of multiple AQHA Performance Register Of Merit awards; HRZSURSNMARILYNMONROE, earner of more than 50 AQHA Open and 64.5 Level 1 Open points; Good Lookin Mechanic, earner of more than $2,379 in NSBA earnings, 44 AQHA Amateur, 50 Open and 75.6 Level 1 AQHA points as well as numerous AQHA Performance Register Of Merit awards; Sheza Good Mechanic, earner of multiple AQHA Open and Amateur Performance Register of Merit and Amateur Halter Register Of Merit awards; and Mechanic Parkin Only, earner of 21.5 AQHA Amateur, 93.5 AQHA Level 1 Amateur and 11 AQHA Open points as well as Open and Amateur AQHA Performance Register Of Merit awards. A number of Mechanic offspring are just now starting their under saddle show careers.

NSBA expresses its condolences to Sandra Morgan, Stephen Stephens and the Dry River Ranch team, as well as to the Pope family.