Sunny Brook Farm Quarter Horses
HistoryProbably, as a baby, the first words out of Becky's mouth was either chocolate, or horsey. She was, and still is, addicted to both. Born into a non horse family, in Austin, Texas, and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee, she was a cowgirl at heart. After years of nagging her parents, they finally decided, when she was 10 yrs old, to start her off with a blue-eyed pinto pony, named Rebel. Ever since that day, Becky has always wanted to do more with horses. After finishing college in 1976, getting a job at Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and getting married, she scraped up a few dollars and went to the 1979 Tattersalls sale in Lexington, KY. There, she bought a yearling Sir Quincy Dan quarter horse gelding, named Lord Quincy. After training and showing this gelding to local Tennessee saddle club wins, she traded him for a triple Leo bred yearling filly, named Cabrena Leo, and moved to Athens, Georgia in 1982, to work at the University of Georgia's Ecology department. While at UGA she met Carla Wennberg, whom coached Becky and her filly to many local Georgia saddle club wins in multiple events including trail, western pleasure, horsemanship, showmanship and western riding. The challenge of the western riding class was the fuel she needed, for bigger and better things to come. Becky then sold Cabrena Leo and in 1985 took that money, to buy a Sonny Dee Bar bred gelding, named Sonnys Super Torino, and headed off to the higher ranks of the Georgia Quarter Horse Association. A short time later, she received an Amateur Register of Merit and a western pleasure futurity win. After selling this gelding, Becky acquired a yearling Impressive granddaughter at a GQHA sale in Alpharetta, Georgia in 1987. Ima Sweet Memory was the individual that brought Becky to state and national recognition. Sweetie's sweeping stride and strong topline, made her a wonderful Amateur all around horse. In 1992 Becky and Sweetie had a great year and became the Georgia Quarter Horse Association High Point All Around Amateur. By 1995, Becky and Sweetie had totaled 138 points in 8 different amateur events, and thus, was awarded one of the American Quarter Horse Association's most difficult and prestigious awards: Amateur Versatility Champion!
1992 photo: Ima Sweet Memory
Along with this
championship, this team acquired 26 Amateur and reserve
amateur all arounds.
[Full list of achievements]
In 1996, Sweetie was sold to a youth, and Becky acquired a gelding with Alamitos Bars breeding, named Continental Zip Code. After a ROM and a couple of reserve all arounds, Becky sold him to a youth, in 1998, and bought a 2 yr old buckskin filly from Charlie Hutton of Hilldale Farm. This filly was by Shining Spark and out of the AQHA High Point Reining mare of 1993, SF Kings Firstlady. Her name: Shiners Firstlady. Becky had decided to really challenge herself, and change venues from All Around to Reining. Not easy to do when you are in your mid 40's! With lessons from Charlie and Debra Jones Wright, Becky and Lady headed out to AQHA shows. By the end of Lady's 3 yr old year, she already had her Amateur Register Of Merit. By the next year, Lady had her Open ROM and points in 6 events including working cowhorse, along with 2 amateur all arounds.
Lady was always a
focal point at shows. Her striking buckskin color and big
brown eyes drew crowds to her. She was always the
spectator's favorite. She was ever so willing and able, to
stand for a family photo, when people would drop by her
stall, at the Georgia National State Fair.
Lady is still with Becky and has been retired to broodmare status.
photo at left: Lady and her 2003 foal, Shiners
Whiz Kid, who is a Palomino World Champion.
He is sired by NRHA Million Dollar sire: West Coast Whiz
We have a 2007 full sister
to Kid, Whizlin Dixie, who has won
NRHA money, has 145 AQHA points, and qualified for 21 AQHA
World show events!
Another 2009 full sister, Coastal Pearl, is a NRHA earner pf over $2600 and AQHA Open and Amateur ROMs..
In 2001, Becky went back to Hilldale farms, and bought a 2 yr old daughter of Nu Chex to Cash, their "up and coming" senior stallion. Nu Centerfold Girl (aka Miss June) proved her pedigree and carried Becky to multiple AQHA and NRHA wins in both Amateur and Rookie classes. With very limited showing in AQHA classes, Miss June finished her superior in reining, qualified 4 out of 5 years for the AQHA World show, and is now a sucessful youth horse in Texas.
AQHA Superior Amateur reining
59.5 Amateur reining points
39.0 All age reining points
Multiple Circuit championships
NRHA Rookie wins
Nic It By An Arrow
In 2004, Becky headed down to Dorminy Plantation,
in Fitzgerald, Georgia, to look at some weanling prospects.
She came home with Nic It By An Arrow. A 2004 sorrel filly by NRHA Futurity
finalist, Nic It In The Bud, and out of a good reining Doc
Tari mare, Arrow T Tari. "Nickie" was shown at three
circuits in 2007 and, in September, walked away with an
AQHA Circuit Championship in Open Reining. In 2008, she
became a NRHA money earner, first time shown, qualified for
the '08 Amateur and '09 Select Amateur World Shows, and won
the South Carolina High Point All
age and Amateur Reining
Award. In 2011, Nickie won the Limited Non Pro reining class
at the Dixie Reining Horse Assoc, receiving her first big
reining trophy, and picking up a NRHA check.
In 2007, Lady's first born, Shiners Whiz Kid, was shown successfully by NRHA professional, Bev King, of Balwin, KS, winning several NRHA classes, and earning over $1,100, with limited showing. That July, she went to Tulsa, OK for the Palomino World Show, and won the open reining class, becoming a World Champion!
Shiners Whiz Kid
Palomino World Champion
NRHA money earner
In 2012, Lady's youngest foal, Coastal Pearl, under the guidance of NRHA professional, Wendy Gray, made her debut into the reining show pen. At the May 19th Dixie Reining Horse Association show, she won the Green Horse class, and picked up her first paycheck. She was also an AQHA all age reining point earner. In 2013 Becky took over the reins and in her first AQHA show, won Amateur Ranch Horse pleasure and Amateur reining, picking up 5.5 points. By the end of 2013, she had 22 AQHA points, her Amateur ROM, 3 AQHA World show qualifications, and earned paychecks in her last 7 NRHA classes, including a 3rd in the Bill Horn Derby. In 2014 and 2015, she earned her Open AQHA ROM and was Reserve Derby Champ in the Snowbird slide derby!!
NRHA earning to date, over $2,600.
With the success of Dixie, Pearl and
their brother, Shiners Whiz Kid, it proves that great mares like Lady, have
To date, over the
last 35 years, Sunny Brook Farm, has had several, fine,
quality horses, from the bloodlines of Cee Bars, Leo,
Sonny Dee Bar, Impressive, Alamitos Bars, Three Bars,
Continental King, Shining Spark, Nu Cash, Topsail Whiz and
Reminic. All of these horses, which were trained
and shown by Becky, went on to become good youth
horses for other families, and had permanent homes as pets,
after their show careers. It's been a privilege to
train and show these nice horses, over the decades, and meet
all the wonderful people associated with them.
Please refer to our SBF Horses page for our current list of equine residents.
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excellence is expected."
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learns from the mistakes of others."
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