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Sire of the Year: Its A Southern Thing Produces Banner Year for Gumz Farms

At this year’s Congress, Its A Southern Thing (Moonpie) won the Sire of the Year award for the Super Sires program. The award went to the participating stallion that had offspring that earned the most money in 2019 in their program. This year, there were three classes at the Tom Powers and for the first time, three classes at the Congress.

“I like the program because it focuses on the non-pro exhibitors. All classes are non-pro classes besides the two-year-old open western pleasure,” says Amy Gumz, owner of Its A Southern Thing, a 16 hand AQHA Bay Stallion by Only In The Moonlite and out of Shesa Hot Cookie. “This was an inaugural class this year and held in conjunction with the Coughlin Open Two Year Old Futurity. Moonpie sired the first and second place winner in this event – Southern Whispers with Shannon Curl Holbin and Lopin Down The Line with Rusty Green.”

The Super Sires program is relatively new but has already awarded over $500,000 in cash and prizes. “We grandfathered Moonpie’s 2016 foals to the present. We had winners in the two-year-old old western pleasure and the three-year-old open non-pro western pleasure. We had multiple top 10 finishers in the non-pro lunge line, 2-year-old open western pleasure, and 3-year-old limited western pleasure.”

The Moonpies have had a great show year at all the significant futurities – NSBA, Congress and AQHA World Shows. “We’ve had great wins in so many different arenas – from the halter to western pleasure, to trail to the hunt seat. We are so excited about all this versatility. We have countless champions in multiple events at these majors, and Moonpie was just listed at #3 leading sire of NSBA BCF money. I think this is very impressive, considering the oldest crop of five babies is just now four, and our large crops are just now starting to ride/show.”

Even with all of Its A Southern Thing’s success, Gumz has kept Moonpie’s breeding fee the same at $2,000. “He has off the chart conception rates with fresh, cooled, and frozen semen. As always, we offer considerations to proven mare and producers along with repeat breeder and multiple mare discounts,” Gumz adds.

There are some great choices for mare owners,” Gumz says. “Moonpie has a lot to offer with his versatility and marketability of his foals. We traditionally see pretty babies with good size, great toplines, and shoulders. He is 6-panel negative as well and enrolled in nearly every program out there – Tom Powers, NSBA BCF, NSBA SIF, NSBA Color BCF, Southern Belle, Super Sires, Kentucky Incentive Fund and Premier Quarter Sires.

To find out more about breeding to Its A Southern Thing, please visit his website by clicking here.

CLICK HERE to view his ad in the November issue of GoMag.

Photos: Kelly Graphics, Shane Rux, Superlative Equine