Updated: Sep 21
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘬 𝘚𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘚𝘺𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯’𝘴 𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 24 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴, 𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘦𝘳𝘢 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘺.
The Darkk Side—a 2019 brown roan stallion by Once in a Blu Boon out of Dixon Flowers Rope Horses AQHA/PRCA Heel Horse of the Year DT Sugar Chex Whiz (Shiners Lena Chex)—has been under the ownership of the Relentless Remuda and Solo Select Horses and in training with Trevor Brazile and Miles Baker. The group announced the syndication May 4, and by the afternoon of May 5, the shares had all sold.
“We believe in this horse and his ability to help usher in the next generation of rope horses,” 26-time World Champion Brazile said. “It’s an honor to know that other people can see this growth in the rope horse industry and want to be such an integral part of his journey.”
In just three shows, Baker has piloted The Darkk Side to more than $23,000 in earnings. As of May 9, the young stallion had over $25,000 in EquiStat earnings.
Brazile and Baker will continue to show The Darkk Side for the syndicate, while each shareholder will receive two breedings each year and get to watch the horse compete on the largest stages in the futurity game.
“I’m grateful for everyone who has taken the opportunity to partner with us on a horse in whose abilities we so deeply believe,” Solo Select’s Melanie Smith said. “He’s been such an easy horse to stand behind, and we’re excited to bring him to the public.”
The Dark Side Syndicate will be managed by the Lazy E Ranch’s FE. “Butch” Wise, with all training and show bills through Dec. 31, 2024 included in the share price of the 15.1-hand, 1,200-lbs stallion.
“Everyone who has had a part in his breeding and training along the way has made the best possible choices to set him up for success,” Baker added. “We’re looking forward to carrying that into the next stage of his performance and breeding career.”
While all shares are now sold, the syndicate is accepting names for a waiting list at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT SOLO SELECT: Melanie Smith, of Whitesboro, Texas, is the owner of the leading online horse sale company, Select Horse Sales. Smith has spent the last few years developing a well-rounded breeding program, including reined cow horses, barrel horses, rope horses and cutters. Solo Select owns industry- leading stallions Woody Be Tuff (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie x Tuff Lena) and Metallic Cattack (Metallic Cat x Qulolena x CD Olena) and the program offers embryos and offspring by these talented stallions crossed on the performance industry’s best mares. soloselecthorses.com
ABOUT THE RELENTLESS REMUDA: Trevor Brazile, 26-time PRCA World Champion, and Miles Baker, industry-leading horse trainer, formed the Relentless Remuda in 2021 to continue their production of the top-tier horses in the performance-horse industry. Together, they have trained some of the highest- earning futurity horses in the sport’s history, with the mission of making long-lasting horses that excel at every level. relentlessremuda.com