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cover story

article written by Taylor Fabus

A rare combination

of pedigree and performance longevity has been setting Extremely Hot Chips apart from his peers for more than a decade now. Since 2018, the handsome 2006 15.2 hand chestnut stallion has been owned by Terry and Tammy Bradshaw and resides at their ranch in Thackerville, OK. Affectionately known as “Chips,” Extremely Hot Chips has earned the nickname Mr. Dependable around the barn. Kate Jackson, the breeding manager at Terry Bradshaw Quarter Horses, describes Chips as cool, calm, and collected. “If Chips were a human, people would say ‘that guy has his life together,’” Jackson

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teases. “I think his focus and demeanor have had a lot to do with his success both as a show horse and as a sire.” LEADING MONEY WINNER OF ALL TIME FOR AQHA STALLIONS Extremely Hot Chips is the leading money earning AQHA western stallion of all time. His decade-long show career is impressive. He began winning in 2008 as a talented two-year old, taking home many futurity wins and an NSBA World Championship. As a three-year-old, he won a Congress Championship and was awarded the bronze trophy in the Junior Western Pleasure at the AQHA World Show. His domination in the show pen continued until the 2017 AQHA World Show where he became the oldest stallion to claim the title


consistency “Chips” was Top 10 at the AQHA World Show for 5 Years in a Row.

of Reserve World Champion in the Senior Western Pleasure. AN EXCEPTIONAL SHOW CAREER Extremely Hot Chips retired from showing with an extraordinary list of accomplishments, more than $90,000 in earnings, and 256 AQHA points. When most stallions are retired after one or two big wins, Chips continued showing and winning for almost a decade. Jackson credits many talented individuals as being responsible for his continued successes. “Chips has had a great career due to wonderful management with great horseman and horsewoman guiding his path and care,” said Jackson. “At 15 years old he has no signs of showing his age and floats across the pasture with comfort and ease. Chip’s “job” in the show pen came very naturally to him. It was easy for him and I think he really enjoyed being a show horse. Horses don’t have a career as long as Chips did if they don’t really enjoy their job.” Chips’ winning ways were no accident. His pedigree is a carefully curated masterpiece. Chips is by 12-time AQHA World Champion Blazing Hot—the only horse to win 7 | PREMIER | MAY 2021


versatile sire “Extremely Hot Chips is the best horse I have ever ridden. I knew from the first ride that he was special. He had a lot of heart and always wanted to be good. He was just a great show horse.” - Wade Black

an AQHA World Championship in both Junior Western Pleasure and Junior Western Riding in the same year— and out of Miss Trophy Chip, who is sired by NSBA Hall of Fame sire Zips Chocolate Chip. A lineage rich with talent and athleticism, the same qualities that made Chip a force to be reckoned with in the show pen, are also making him a successful sire. As of January 2021, Extremely Hot Chips’ offspring have recorded more than 11,000 AQHA points and have earned more than $600,000 in earnings. His foals have won 3 AQHA Champion awards, 45 AQHA Superior awards and 136 AQHA Register of Merit awards. He is the sire of AQHA, NSBA, APHA, PtHA, and ApHC World and Reserve World Champions, along with multiple Quarter Horse Congress Champions. DIVERSITY AS A SIRE Although most of Chips’ success was in the Western Pleasure arena, his offspring are proving that he has versatility as a sire. In 2018 he was an AQHA Top 25 Sire 8 | PREMIER | MAY 2021


of English All-Around Point-Earners and an AQHA Top 25 Sire of Hunter Under Saddle Point-Earners. He ranks in the top two percent of AQHA Western All-Around sires based on money-earners. “Chips has sired champions in Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle and has produced great All-Around horses with the ability to change leads, stop on a dime, & lope over logs with great athleticism and grace,” said Jackson. “The diversity Chips brings to the table offers a lot of options for mare owners. His ability to cross disciplines makes him appealing to mare owners with different interests.” In these unprecedented times, stallion and mare owners must continue to adapt to a rapidly evolving industry and the Bradshaws have done so with ease. “For the 2021 breeding season, Terry and Tammy made the decision to set the fees for all of their stallions at $1000 plus shipping fees,” said Jackson. “This in no way is a reflection of the quality of stallions that they own or stand at Terry Bradshaw Quarter Horses. 2020 was a tough year for most people and it was important to Terry and Tammy to do something to give back to breeders. It is important to them that anyone who wants to participate in the industry have the opportunity to do so.”

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Extremely Hot Chips is enrolled in the NSBA BCF and SIF, APHA Breeders Trust and Gold Futurity, and Premier Sires. For breeding inquiries please contact Kate Jackson at 270-405-1232.

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more than a horse show:

beauty, bourbon and by-gone times

With a mix of historical and natural attractions, plus a robust restaurant scene, Lexington has a lot to offer visitors of all ages and interests.

Hall of Champions Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 0 miles

The Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park was started in 1979 when eight-time Eclipse Award champion and threetime Horse of the Year champion arrived at the Park to live out his retirement. Over the past 42 years, the Hall of Champions has housed legends like John Henry, Cigar and Alysheba. Today the Hall of Champions is home to an elite group of champion horses including Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, World Champion racing American Quarter Horse Be A Bono, two-time Standardbred Trotter of the Year Mr Muscleman and Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Point Given. Twice a day from April through November the horses are paraded around the paddock to be admired and appreciated by visitors. www.kyhorsepark.com 58 | PREMIER | MAY 2021

International Museum of the Horse

Thoroughbred Heritage Horse Farm Tours

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 0 miles

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 5 miles

The International Museum of the Horse is the largest museum in the world dedicated to the history of the horse and their relationship with humans. Current popular exhibits include Affirmed: The Making of a Champion which is dedicated to the 1978 Triple Crown winner, Buffalo Soldiers which traces the history of the African American cavalry units created in 1866 to help support westward expansion, and Legacy of the Horse, a chronology of the horse throughout five million years of history. www.imh.org

Get picked up right at the Embassy Suites, the host hotel for The Premier, and embark on a 3 hour guided tour that will take you behind the scenes to explore beautiful thoroughbred farms and visit up close and personal with the horses. They also offer a tour of Goldphin Farm, where you’ll see Kentucky Derby winners Street Sense, Animal Kingdom and Nyquist. If Coolmoor Farms reopens to visitors prior to June, be sure and schedule a tour to visit the home of Triple Crown and Breeder’s Cup Classic winner American Pharoah and Triple Crown winner Justify. www.seethechampions.com

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Old Friends Farm Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 7 miles

A self-proclaimed “living-history museum of horse racing,” the 236 acre farm is home to a herd of over 200 rescued and retired horses including Breeders’ Cup Champions Amazombie, Little Mike and Alphabet Soup, Belmont Stakes winners Sarava and Touch Gold, three-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude and Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion Silver Charm. Old Friends which was awarded with a Special Eclipse award in 2014 honoring extraordinary service in the sport of Thoroughbred racing is open for tours. www.oldfriendsequine.org

Keeneland Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 13 miles

Founded in 1936, Keeneland is an internationally renowned racecourse and the Thoroughbred industry’s leading auction house. Visitors are welcome to visit the grounds, watch the horses in their morning workouts or schedule a formal tour of this national historic landmark. www.keeneland.com

Aviation Museum of Kentucky Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 13 miles

Located at the Blue Grass Airport, the Aviation Museum features historic airplanes, aviation artifacts and equipment, simulators and interactive displays. www.aviationky.wixsite.com

Mary Todd Lincoln House Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 8.5 miles

The Mary Todd Lincoln House was the family home of the wife of 16th president Abraham Lincoln. Her childhood home is open for selfguided tours with staff available to answer questions. www.mtlhouse.org

Canoe Kentucky Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 23 miles

Rent a canoe or kayak and explore the scenic and adventurous Elkhorn Creek or the historic and tame Kentucky River. Elkhorn Creek has it all: whitewater, easy moving rapids, great fishing, remote picnic spots and clear swimming holes. It is considered one of the most popular paddling streams in the state. The Kentucky River is a great option during the summer when the water levels in the Elkhorn are low and is also a great choice for beginners and less confident paddlers. www.canoeky.com 59 | PREMIER | MAY 2021


the bluegrass state is not really blue–its green–but in the spring bluegrass produces { Bluegrass bluish purple buds that when seen in large fields give a blue cast to the grass.

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 24 miles Twice daily on Saturday and Sunday, visitors can take a 90 minute train ride through the Kentucky countryside. The train makes a short stop for photos on Young’s High Bridge which was built in 1989 and spans the Kentucky River, then returns to the museum where vintage railroad equipment and memorabilia are on display. www.bluegrassrailroad.com

Raven Run Nature Sanctuary Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 28 miles

Raven Run is a 734 acre nature sanctuary dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of the Kentucky River Palisades and early Kentucky history. With over 10 miles of trails to explore, hikers will encounter 19th century remnants of early settlers and enjoy the beauty of over 800 species of flora and fauna. The nature center showcases unique displays and a variety of handson exhibits. www.ravenrunsanctuary.com

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Ark Encounter Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 37 miles With a commitment to historical accuracy and artistic excellence, Ark Encounter is a life-size reconstruction of Noah’s Ark. Visitors will be able to explore three decks of world class exhibits learning how Noah might have cared for all of the animals as well as what life might have been like for Noah and his family living aboard the ark. A virtual reality experience will take viewers back to the time of Noah and allow them to experience the building of ark and the flood. Screaming Eagle at the Ark Encounter is an outdoor adventure course featuring zip lining, an aerial challenge and bungee jumping. also features a zoo and zippiness. Kids will also enjoy panning for fossils and visiting the animals at the Ararat Ridge Zoo. www.arkencounter.com

Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Park Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 74 miles

Visit the Red River Gorge and take a hike up to the Natural Bridge, a sandstone rock bridge that is 65 feet in height and spans 78 feet in length. You can also hop on a boat, kayak or paddle board and experience the gorge underground in a historic mine. Those who prefer to stay above ground can take a biplane canopy tour over the gorge. www.redrivergorge.com


SPIRITS

CUISINE & sweet treats Bluegrass Distillers

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 8 miles

Participate in a quick 15 minute tasting of Bluegrass Distillers small-batch craft bourbon or take part in a tour of their production area. Bourbon enthusiasts may prefer a private tour with a detailed tasting session and ends with guests getting to label their own bottle and enjoying a special signature cocktail. www.bluegrassdistillers.com

Stella’s Kentucky Deli

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 8 miles

Enjoy a home-cooked meal at Stella’s historic downtown location. Their menu focuses on simple, high quality foods that emphasize the superior flavors and textures of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. www.stellaskentuckydeli.com

Corto Lima

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 9 miles

Corto Lima is a mid-scale Latin inspired restaurant specializing in a new brand of Latin cuisine with a modern interpretation. Their menu, which introduces diners to the cuisine of Mexico, The Caribbean, Central and South American and the American Southwest, focuses on affordability, quality ingredients and creativity. www.cortolima.com 61 | PREMIER | MAY 2021


Lockbox

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 9 miles

Located in the 21c Museum Hotel, the culinary team at Lockbox uses thoughtful yet simple preparations and cooking techniques in a contemporary setting. The local, high-quality ingredients from around the Bluegrass region shin in seasonal dishes. www.lockboxlex.com

Coles 735 Main Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 10 miles

Coles prides themselves on bringing the art of dinning to every experience. The use only the best seasonal ingredients available, sourced from local farms and trusted purveyors. Their menu goes beyond the plate, with handcrafted cocktails featuring unique, house-made ingredients, hundreds of bourbons available for tasting, and an award-winning carefully curated wine program. www.coles735main.com

The Beer Trappe

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 10 miles

The Beer Trappe is a friendly neighborhood bar that offers one of the most diverse selections of beer in the country. Their bar features eight rotating taps of rare craft beer as well as a selection of over 500 speciality from around the world. www.thebeertrappe.com

Crank & Boom Ice Cream Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 14 miles

Described by Travel & Leisure as “the best ice cream in Kentucky,” Crank & Boom uses local, all-natural ingredients to create melt-in-your-mouth flavor combinations like Bourbon & Honey, Kentucky Blackberry & Buttermilk, Blueberry Lime Cheesecake and Dark Chocolate Truffle. Their signature ice cream cocktails have been featured in Food & Wine, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Taste of the South. www.crankandboom.com 62 | PREMIER | MAY 2021


Malone’s

Old Kentucky Chocolates

Named one of the Great Steak Houses of North America, Malone’s is a premier prime beef steakhouse. In addition to offering a wide selection of fresh, hand cut USDA prime steaks, Malone’s diverse menu offers something for everyone including seasonal chef features. www.bluegrasshospitality.com/malones

Old Kentucky Chocolates began making bourbon chocolate in Lexington in 1964. Since then they have continued to make chocolates that amaze with fresh ingredients and exquisite flavor. www.oldkycandy.com

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 14 miles

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 14 miles

El Rancho Tapatio Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 16 miles

Winner of 2020 Lexington Herald-Leader Reader’s Choice award for Best Mexican Restaurant, El Rancho Tapatio’s authentic food is described as “not your everyday Mexican cuisine.” www.elranchotapatio.com

Woodford Reserve

Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 26 miles

The art of making fine bourbon first took place on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery, a National Historic Landmark, in 1812. Book a guided tasting to sample Woodford’s full Family of Brands. After the tasting make a stop in the gift shop to purchase a bottle of your favorite Woodford whiskey. www.woodfordreserve.com

Wild Turkey Distillery Distance from Kentucky Horse Park: 30 miles

For over 75 years, Wild Turkey has made their whiskey the right way on top of Wild Turkey Hill. Their visitor’s center has won numerous architectural awards even being selected to represent “the best in American architecture” by Architect Magazine. “Angel’s Room,” where visitors can enjoy bourbon tastings following their tour, offers an unparalleled view of the Kentucky River. As visitors prepare to leave they can make a stop in the gift shop to purchase anything from limited edition products to some of the company’s highest-end bourbons. www.wildturkeybourbon.com

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