Lynx Melody: The little horse who could

October 5, 2009

Lynx Melody's clone, Lynx Melody Too. Lynx Melody was the oldest horse to be cloned, and the only one to be cloned after death.

The old adage "great things come in small packages" certainly rang true when it came to Lynx Melody. She's gone now - the mare died September 28, 2004, at the age of 29 - but she'll never be forgotten. Her legacy lives on through her multiple money-earning offspring and grandget.

Standing just a little over 13 hands tall, Lynx Melody and her 6-foot-plus trainer, Larry Reeder, captured the hearts of spectators attending the 1978 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity Open finals. The pair scored a 221.5 to claim the Championship and prize money totaling $63,818 for the mare's owner, the late Billy Cogdell, Tulia, Texas. Lynx Melody (Doc's Lynx x Trona x Leon Bars) didn't just set records in the cutting pen; she also set a record as the first NCHA Futurity Champion to have produced a foal before winning the prestigious title.

When Codgell purchased Lynx Melody at the 1977 NCHA Futurity Sale for $6500, he didn't know he was getting a package, or two-for-one, deal. The following March, Lynx Melody foaled a stud colt by Doc's Stormy Leo, which was aptly named Docs Accident.

The "surprise foal" went on to finish as an Open finalist in the 1981 NCHA Futurity and recorded lifetime Equi-Stat earnings of $51,491.

In June 1979, Lynx Melody, bred by M. and Mrs James Wesley, Phoenix, Arizona, and Reeder traveled to California, where they won the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Maturity Open Championship. Later that summer, they returned to the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth to win the NCHA Derby Open Championship. Among Lynx Melody's career highlights was earning an NCHA Silver Award and her induction into the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2008. She is credited with NCHA lifetime earnings of $113,682.

Lynx Melody and Larry Reeder

Lynx Melody and Doc's Accident.

Lynx Melody is the oldest horse ever cloned and the first horse to be successfully cloned after its death. A clone of Lynx Melody was born in January 2007 - more than two years after her death.

Lynx Melody's 16 offspring have earned a total of $1,208,998 for average earnings of $75,562. Her leading money-earner is Shania Cee (a 1996 daughter of Peppys Boy 895), who also won the NCHA Futurity Open Championship (in 1999) and has total Equi-Stat lifetime earnings of $406,697.

Lynx Melody's second-leading money-earner, Cattin (a son of Smart Little Lena) has earnings of $137,811 and thus far, he has 81 earners of $1,005,132.

Another of Lynx Melody's daughters, Crackin (by Smart Little Lena), who earned $133,084 herself, produced a son, Crackerboy (DNA), who has earned $254,026. Lynx Melody's daughter, Shakin Cee, earned $16,064 and is the dam of Shakin Flo, the winner of $428,306.

It's no small wonder that Lynx Melody will be remembered for not only her accomplishments in the cutting pen but for her progeny and grandget's, as well. She proved size doesn't matter.

In reference to her small stature, Larry Reeder perhaps said it best: "You don't measure a horse's ability by the height of her withers."

Lynx Melody and Larry Reeder in action.