Reining Great ‘Einstein’ Dies

Famed reining horse and sire Great Resolve, known as Einstein, died Jan. 2 due to colic surgery complications.
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Famed reining horse and sire Great Resolve, known as "Einstein," died Jan. 2 due to colic surgery complications.

Named the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) 26th $1 million sire in November 2013, the 1997 red dun son of Great Pine, out of Silversnow Pinestep by Greyhound Step, was bred by Randon Hamilton of Prosperity, Pa., and owned by Bridgette Lanham Reiners of Valley View, Texas.

Einstein’s NRHA lifetime earnings surpassed $139,000. Ridden by Tim McQuay, he earned finalist spots in the 2000 NRHA Open Futurity and the 2001 NRHA Derby. Under Duane Latimer, Einstein was an open finalist in the 2002 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) and the NRHA Derby.

According to Equi-Stat, Einstein produced 91 money earners. His top earner, Einstein’s Revolution, was the first horse to break the $300,000 NRHA earnings mark, with $352,700. The 2002 stallion, owned by Wagner & Vandorp, won the NRBC Open in 2006 ridden by Shawn Flarida, and finished 2013 as Equi-Stat’s No. 3 junior reining stallion

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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