Monday, June 21, 2021

RIP More Than Luck

 6/17/1994 - 6/17/2021

More Than Luck, Dutch stallion by Best of Luck (Octrooi) out of Inetta by Beach Boy out of Binette by Rothschild by Ramiro, has died on his 27th birthday. 

"Heartbreak is tempered by gratitude as we remember the pride and joy and love we shared with More Than Luck." —Tish Quirk, owner of More Than Luck

Tish and John Quirk imported his dam, Inetta, specifically to produce this stallion with the breeding to Best Of Luck, son of Lucky Boy. 

More Than Luck was an exceptionally versatile and athletic stallion. He proved himself in International Jumper competition and championships in Regular Working and Conformation Hunters. More Than Luck had the power, speed and scope to win in the jumpers, and the quality, style, and temperament to win in the hunters.

More Than Luck, with Hap Hansen
More Than Luck was the Top Dutch Horse in the Young Jumper Championships. He proved his versatility as a young horse when he won the International Hunter Futurity 4-Year-Old Under Saddle the same day he jumped all clear rounds in the International Jumper Futurity. He was a Conformation Hunter Champion and an International Jumper, before his competition career was cut short by a breeding injury.

More Than Luck continued the family tradition of champions siring champions. He passed on the best of himself to his offspring and they have achieved great success in both disciplines. He was Leading Sire at the Sallie B Wheeler Hunter Breeding Championship and sired multiple winners including the Best Young Horse on the West Coast.

His foals are big, correct, attractive athletes with calm, brave, friendly temperaments, and are proven champions. More Than Luck carries excellent bloodlines and passes on the best of his great heritage.

He sired Gee Whiz, who was the Top 6-Year-Old Young Jumper in the nation and repeated the following year with the HOTY 7-Year-Old Young Jumper award. As an 8-year-old he moved successfully into Grand Prix and was sold to a junior rider who also had great success with him.

His daughter Good Luck was the Best Young Horse at the Sallie B. Wheeler Hunter Breeding Championship as a 2-year-old. As a 3-year-old she was undefeated in the International Hunter Futurity Performance and Breeding divisions to earn the Grand Championship. The following year she repeated her clean sweep of the 4-Year-Old International Hunter Futurity and earned another Grand Championship.

His son More Like It (left) was International Hunter Futurity Reserve Grand Champion at his very first show under saddle. Showing the same versatility as his sire, More Like It was double champion at the International Jumper Futurity, winning Champion Scope and Technique, Champion Type and Movement, and Reserve Champion Most Rideable and Consistent. More Like It was champion or reserve at almost all of his early Hunter competitions and made his impressive international Hunter Derby debut before his show career was interrupted. A breeding career is planned to continue the legacy of More Than Luck.

Rest in peace, More Than Luck

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