We are very sad to share another major loss to the industry. Only In The Moonlite passed away today at the age of 15.
Sired by Invitation Only and out of the incredible mare Zippo By Moonight, Only In The Moonlite was bred to be an influential sire.
Moonie, as he was best known was a phenomenal show horse and sire. Winning the Congress Masters as a two year old with Jeff Long and then coming back as a thre- year-old to win the 3YO Open at Congress. Moonie amassed life time earnings as a show horse in excess of $123,344.
Owned most of his life by Darol Rodrock, Moonie became a leading AQHA and NSBA sire. Just a few of his influential get include 2012 Masters Champion – Moonlite Ventures, the great Cool Looking Moonie, Blazing Moonlite and Its A Southern Thing.
In a release shared on social media this evening Kim Dean shared the sad news.
ONLY IN THE MOONLITE
April 13, 2004 – June 19, 2019
“It is with lots of tears and a broken heart that we say goodbye to our buddy, Only In The Moonlite. 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 and we’re looking forward to many more!
I want to thank everyone who has had a part in Moonie’s care this past breeding season at LaRizzi Ranch ~ but I’m especially thankful to Ranch Manager Kimberly Howard and to Moonie’s Stallion Manager, Leslie Thomas for his every day loving care, his spa days, for letting him flirt with all of his girlfriends (whenever he wanted to), but especially for doing everything you could to make him comfortable during his rehab. I owe a huge amount of gratitude to Darol Rodrock for giving me the chance to work with Moonie, I couldn’t have loved and appreciated him more had I owned him myself.
As most everyone knows, we have only been using Moonie’s frozen semen for the past two breeding seasons while Moonie continued his rehab. We will have his frozen semen available for purchase for the 2020 breeding season.”
We featured Moonie as our Hoofprint in History in December of 2016. To read that article please CLICK HERE.
To everyone involved in this great horse’s life we share our sincere condolences on his loss. Moonie was truly and incredible individual and a sire whose mark will be felt for a very long time.