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When those whose heritage is rooted deep in the Western performance horse world remember Miss N Cash, who died of a heart attack in early August, they recall a quick and powerful horse that changed the industry. He was the brainchild of Oxbow Ranch’s Dan Lufkin and B.F. Phillips, who came together in a partnership to breed the 1983 stallion. Lufkin wanted to reintroduce running blood into cow horses with 1978 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion Doc N Missy (by Doc Bar), and he found just the speed he needed in Phillips’ legendary stallion Dash For Cash.

Miss N Cash’s unique bloodlines created a buzz in the business as people waited to see if he would enter the cutting pen, where his dam earned more than $109,000, or embrace a racing career like his sire. In 1986, Miss N Cash put all the speculation to rest when he carried Mike Haack, of Capistrano Beach, California, to seventh place in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open.

“He added spice,” said Jennifer Gagan, who owned Miss N Cash with her husband, E.J. Gagan, at the time of his death. “What an incredible idea that was, to play with that pedigree and add a little speed.”

In his short performance career, Miss N Cash took home merely five checks, but he amassed $124,661 in earnings between them. The largest of those paydays came at the 1987 NCHA Derby, where he won the Open with a 228 to bank $45,557. That same year, he tied for second in the Derby Open at the Tropicana Futurity and won the 4-Year-Old Open at the Reno Celebrity Derby. In the beginning of his 5-year-old season, Miss N Cash retired from the show arena and his first American Quarter Horse Association-(AQHA) registered foals were born.

As the years went on, Miss N Cash passed on his superior genetics to champions in various disciplines, including cutting, reining, reined cow horse, barrel racing and roping. According to previous owners David and Vava Elkins, of Whitt, Texas, the stallion continued to produce offspring via live semen well into his late 20s. AQHA records reflect 815 registered foals to Miss N Cash’s credit, with 311 of those offspring listed as performers.

In the spring of 2015, Gagan and her husband, of Dewey, Oklahoma, purchased Miss N Cash from the Elkinses, who had offered to sell him and all of his frozen semen after E.J. inquired about breeding his mares.
“It was kind of surreal. We bought the semen in March, then we went in May and got ‘Cash’ and brought him to our ranch,” Gagan said. “We had him all summer. He looked incredible for 32, and he was the sweetest old man.”
Thanks to Miss N Cash’s longstanding breeding career, his sons and daughters are still seen in performance arenas today. In 2014, 23 of his offspring accumulated $29,384 in earnings, and Equi-Stat has already recorded 10 of his foals earning a total of $21,180 this year, not including weekend money.
Miss N Cash’s leading money-earner is Spookys Cash (out of San Starlight x Grays Starlight), a 1997 mare who earned $291,410 in cutting pens and has gone on to produce earners of more than $388,000. Dox Smart Buy (out of Smart Hickory x Doc’s Hickory) and Faith N Risk (out of One Time Soon x Smart Little Lena) round out the stallion’s top earners with $254,903 and $209,865 to their credit, respectively.
Three more Miss N Cash offspring – Dox Miss N Reno, Petty Cash 490 and Dox Diamond Cash – each surpassed the $100,000 mark in their careers. Missn No Chex, a 1997 stallion out of the Dell O Lena mare Olenas Watchfob, is Miss N Cash’s highest-earning performer outside of the cutting pen with $83,844 on his Equi-Stat record. Of that total, $78,708 was garnered in reined cow horse, while $5,436 came from reining.
With total offspring earnings of $4.6 million, Miss N Cash left behind a legacy that will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come. Thanks to the prowess and speed he passed on to his foals, the late stallion’s name will live on.
“I just want people to really remember this horse and remember what he did,” Gagan said. “We were so grateful for him. Even if it was for a short period of time, having a piece of him for just a little while was the biggest honor.”

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