Reining Great 'Einstein' Dies

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.

Lanham purchased Einstein from Pontisso Enterprises, Inc. of Italy, in 2004. “I decided that if I was going to own a stud, it was going to be Einstein,” she said. “He made a lot of people’s dreams come true, not just mine. He was truly a once-in-a-lifetime animal and I was very fortunate to have owned him. Einstein was probably one of the sweetest, gentlest, and most good-hearted studs I’ve ever been around. He was always happy, no matter what.”

Einstein will be laid to rest at Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction in Valley View, where he stood for many years.

About the Author

Diane E. Rice

Diane E. Rice earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then melded her education and her lifelong passion for horses in an editorial position at Appaloosa Journal. She currently works as a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and photographer and has served on American Horse Publications’ board of directors. Rice spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and with her daughters, grandchildren, and pets.

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