It is with sadness that NSBA shares the loss of Only In The Moonlite. The following is taken from a press release from Only In The Moonlite’s Facebook page:
“Moonie’s life is one to be celebrated and I’m grateful and honored to have been able to work with this guy who had such a huge heart. From the very beginning, Moonie’s life was a “planned success.” The plan started when Dana Hunt Smith decided to breed her great mare, the NSBA Hall of Fame legend, Zippo By Moonlight, to the premiere sire in the Quarter Horse industry, Invitation Only. The result of this impressive genetic combination was destined to be a talented show horse and one who grew up to become one of the top stallions in our industry and whom we lovingly called Moonie.
The second piece of the “planned success” puzzle was when Moonie was sent to Jeff Long for training. Jeff and Moonie earned the prestigious title of Masters Champions by winning a $100,000.00 paycheck in the Congress 2-Year-Old Masters Western Pleasure Class. The duo went on to win the 2007 Congress 3-Year-Old Western Pleasure Derby and were the 2007 NSBA World Champion’s in 3-Year-Old Western Pleasure.
The next several pieces of the “planned success” puzzle were put together when Darol Rodrock entered the picture. Rodrock purchased Only In The Moonlite in September of 2007 and Moonie’s success as a breeding stallion was set into motion. Darol is a man who loves horses and as in everything else Darol does, he did his best to do it right. He gave Moonie the opportunity to become a sire. Darol had one of the best sets of broodmares in the industry and he began building one of the top breeding programs in the country. He decided to make breeding fees affordable again and this attracted a large group of dedicated mare owners who bred to Moonie year after year. Moonie’s mare owners were huge contributors of several more very important pieces to Moonie’s “planned success” puzzle. The final pieces of the puzzle were put into place when Darol committed to putting Moonie’s offspring with the top trainers in the country. These talented trainers did their jobs and each one of them helped make Only In The Moonlite one of the top sires in the industry today.
Dana Hunt Smith’s decision to breed two of the greatest individuals the quarter horse industry had ever seen, combined with Jeff Long’s ability to train and prepare Moonie for a distinguished show career, together with Darol Rodrock’s commitment to Only In The Moonlite, all contributed to his success. Moonie won over $123,344.00 during his career. To date, Moonie has sired 558 foals and his babies have earned over $1,226,205 with an average of $7,256.00 per money earner. They have amassed over 17,768 AQHA points with an average of 99 points per point earner. His offspring have earned multiple Congress Championships and Reserves in Western Pleasure, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Riding, Trail, Horsemanship and Showmanship —the Moonie’s can do it all! So far, they have won 20 AQHA World and Reserve World Championships.”