Hall of Fame
Hotrodder Disco (“Disco”) was foaled in 1979 in Texas, by Doc’s Hotrodder out of the mare Coketta. Bill and Elaine Speight bought him as a yearling from Jay Garrett of Midland, Texas and he spent the rest of his 16 years of life with the Speight family.
Disco was a rich brown colour, well-built and very representative of the Quarter Horse. A painting of him, which hangs in the office of the Speight home, reveals the bright, intelligent and sensitive nature which accompanied his good looks.
“He was outgoing, with plenty of heart, but also very well mannered and easy to handle,” remembers Wil appreciatively. “I would ride him bareback to the pasture with nothing but a halter, and then hold the lead shank while he bred the selected mare. He never gave us any trouble.”
The stallion passed these same qualities onto his get. “His babies were smart and sensitive,” says Elaine. “They never understood rough treatment.”
This great stallion would go on to prove himself both as a champion cutting horse and as a champion sire.
Hotrodder Disco began his performance career as a 3-year-old contestant in Fort Worth, Texas. Competing in the 1982 NCHA World Championship Futurity, he did very well and missed the semi-finals by a mere half-point. As a four-year-old, he was shown at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Derby. In 1985 and 1986, A.J. Speight, the youngest son of Bill and Elaine, showed the stallion with great success.
In 1986, Hotrodder Disco was retired to stud, and over the course of his lifetime produced a total of 141 foals. Many went on to be champion cutting horses, and many others have become solid and talented mounts for the numerous horse people in the Northern area who appreciate fine Western performance horses. The combined cutting earnings figure of his offsping exceeds $150,000 in futurities, derbies, stakes, Supreme events, NCHA & CCHA events, making Hotrodder Disco the all-time leading money-earning Canadian cutting horse sire.
Most cutters would agree that the highest-achieving son of Hotrodder Disco is Docs Lena Doc, from the sire’s first foal crop. The blue roan stallion was trained by Bill Speight, who rode him to the Open championship at the 1986 CHBAC Cutting Stakes.
The Stallion was sold to Mike Prew of Calgary, AB, who remains his owner. Docs Lena Doc has since been shown by Denton Moffat, of Armstrong, BC. The stallion won both CCHA Open High Point and CFR Finals Championship in 1987, 1988, and 1989, a feat never equalled. After winning the title of Reserve World Champion Cutting Horse at the 1989 NCHA Finals in Houston, Docs Lena Doc again won the CCHA Open High Point Championship in 1994 and 1995.
Hotrodder Disco numbered many other high achievers in his extensive foal crop. These horses have done well for the various cutters who have campaigned them. The mare Docs Royal Rose was from the stallion’s first foal crop, and was the 1986 CHBAC Cutting Stakes Non-Pro Champion. Another mare, Disco Olena, was the 1993 Non-Pro Champion at the Canadian Supreme and the Canadian Cutting Horse Futurity. The gelding Lena Bar Disco, a full brother to Docs Lena Doc, was ridden by A.J. Speight in the non-pro finals of the 1995 CHBAC Cutting Stakes. Also, a finalist in that class was Discos Foxy Paulina, owned and shown by Leo Lant of Medicine Hat, AB.
Four of Hotrodder Disco’s get, which were especially talented, have been retained by the Speight family in their current show lineup. These excellent cutters are all full sisters and brothers, out of the excellent mare Cliffs Mia Doc. This mare, by Doc O’Lena out of Mia Freckles, is the top money-earning dam at the Canadian Supreme. The group is headed by the 7-year-old gelding Freckles Mia Doc, who was the Open Champion and Non-Pro Reserve Champion at the 1994 Canadian Supreme, and Open finalist at the 1995 CHBAC Cutting Stakes. The other horses in the are gelding Stylish Disco and mares Discos Mia Doc and Mia Doc Freckles. Bill, Elaine, and Wil expect to see good performances continue from this bloodline.
Hotrodder Disco was with his band of mares, after the conclusion of the breeding season, when he passed away of unknown causes on July 23, 1995. Sixteen years of productive life had given the Canadian cutting horse world a great performer and sire, who had in turn created a new family of top cutting horses. Ten of his get competed in the 1995 Canadian Supreme in Red Deer, where a tribute to him was a featured part of the program.