Generator's Silver Dollar - Every Man's Horse

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By Sarah Gee, Tanya Hopper
© Voice, February 2007

With four world titles of his own, Silver Dollar’s record speaks for itself. A champion in the show ring, he has steadily risen to the top of the ranks to become a legend in the breeding barn. During his show career, Silver Dollar was one of the most exciting horses to ever grace the show ring. Countless fans supported the flashy, hard-walking stallion, all the way through his career, which ended with him being crowned the 2000 World Champion Aged Stallion and Reserve World Grand Champion. His popularity has carried over into his breeding career and his following is just as ardent as it was in the show ring with many mare owners showing an ongoing support for his breeding program. Dollar's trainer Link Webb states, "He's a great horse and he's proven himself. He was easy to train, natural, and I think that's proven in his colts." His ability to produce offspring for virtually every niche in the industry has established Silver Dollar as “Every Man’s Horse.”

On the rail or on the trail, Silver Dollar get are proving themselves all over the country. They have excelled at every level of competition and in every division, from Trail Pleasure to Performance and everything in between. They are known for their natural gait, willing dispositions, and fine conformation. Many are as comfortable in the heat of competition as they are on laid back rides through the countryside. Silver Dollar truly is that rare stallion that can meet the needs of nearly every mare owner, regardless of where their interests lie.

Consistently ranking at the top of the Sire of the Year lists, Silver Dollar placed second in the 2006 Celebration Leading Sires of Two Year Olds rankings and third on the list ranking the leading sires of three-year-old performance horses. At the 2006 Celebration Silver Dollar was one of only four stallions that had ribbon-winning offspring in each of the age divisions – Weanling, Yearling, Two Year Old, Three Year Old, and Four Year Old – and was among the top three stallions for the most ribbons won by their offspring. Impressively, his get also placed in several other world grand championship and world championship classes. His talented offspring picked up ribbons in each of the following divisions, Walking Mares and Geldings, 15.2 & Under, Show Pleasure, Elite, Novice, Youth, Walking Pony, Park Performance, Park Pleasure, Lite Shod, and Trail Pleasure.

Of course, Silver Dollar’s heirs were not without their fair share of world titles in 2006. They collected a total of one world grand championship, one reserve world grand championship, five world championships, four reserve world championships, one national futurity championship, and one reserve national futurity championship. Not surprisingly these titles were earned in nearly every division from Halter to Trail Pleasure to Performance. Additionally, Silver Dollar offspring picked up two world grand championships, one reserve world grand championship, and four world championships in Lite Shod and Open Shod competition at the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association (SSHBEA) Fall Show. The accomplishments of Silver Dollar’s progeny are made all the more impressive when one considers that the oldest is only eight years old. Time and time again Silver Dollar has truly proven himself to be “Every Man’s Horse.”

Longtime flatshod owner, breeder, and exhibitor Dr. Judy Moore had this to say: “When I bred to Silver Dollar, I found his colts were more walky with great dispositions. I bred Dixie Coin, who is out of the same dam as Rowdy Rev, and she produced Gold Coin In Dixie, who I rode to the 2005 Amateur Owned and Trained English Trail Pleasure World Championship and the 2006 TWHBEASM National Futurity Three-Year-Old Trail Pleasure title. I was so thrilled, I re-bred Dixie Coin via embryo transfer at Rising Star Ranch, and now have a grey roan lit-up stud colt and a black filly who are full brother and sister to Gold Coin In Dixie.”

In addition to the impressive string of world titles collected by Silver Dollar offspring, A Strong Dollar (Silver Dollar x Mo Precious), who is perhaps Silver Dollar’s most well known son, was one of the three horses that were eligible to compete in the 2006 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Championship. Strong Dollar went on to be crowned the 2006 International Grand Champion. Now in his second season standing at stud, he is fast following in his sire’s hoof prints as he attracts some of the finest mares in the industry to his court. Strong Dollar is owned by Curtice McCloy and trained by Link Webb. Like his sire, he stands at Rising Star Ranch. In his first season, he bred an astonishing 128 mares and people are already raving about the results. His colts are inheriting Strong Dollar’s beauty, size, and color. Many are so pleased with their Strong Dollar foals, they are already scheduling return bookings.

Rising Star Ranch, home of Silver Dollar, recently acquired a new breeding staff. Dr. Mike Harry, a well-known and respected veterinarian was hired to oversee the Rising Star Ranch breeding program. Harry expressed his enthusiasm to be working with Silver Dollar: “Generator’s Silver Dollar always impressed me with his way of going and timing in the show ring.
Equine reproduction is all about timing and Silver Dollar has impressed me in the stallion barn too.” Harry continued, “He is what you want in a breeding stallion. He attracts the right kind of mares and has a high conception rate, performing just as well as he did in the ring. When you think of what is desired in a Tennessee Walking Horse stallion, you think of Generator’s Silver Dollar.”

Mike Hicks was selected to come on board as stallion manager. Hicks has worked at some of the industry’s top breeding facilities and with some of the top stallions and he counts Silver Dollar among the cream of the crop. When expressing his thoughts on what Silver Dollar produces, Hicks had this to say: “I have had the opportunity to work with several Silver Dollar foals. Their talent, good looks, and trainability makes them a pleasure to deal with and easy to market.”

Tanya Hopper rounds out the staff as the breeding operations manager. Hopper has a history with Silver Dollar, having spent three years with him prior to his arrival at Rising Star Ranch. Tanya was a fan of Silver Dollar in the show ring, but it’s getting to know him that she cherishes the most. “I have always loved Dollar’s unique personality. He loves attention and he just has a fun persona that makes him delightful to be around. We make sure he gets lots of TLC, which includes plenty of peppermints and a root beer every Friday,” Hopper laughs. She goes on to say that visitors really get a kick out of witnessing Silver Dollar’s “Root Beer Fridays” at Rising Star Ranch.

His offspring’s accomplishments are what most vividly represent Silver Dollar’s abilities as a breeding stallion. He is tried and true, a proven producer in the show ring and in the breeding barn. If you are looking for a stallion who will produce a natural, free moving, intelligent, and trainable horse with a great disposition, whether on the rail or on the trail, Silver Dollar is the stallion for you. He is without a doubt “Every Man’s Horse.”



(Silver Dollar x Stormy’s Black Beauty)

Owner-Amateur Novice Ladies on Novice Mares or Geldings
15.2 & Under Mares World Champion
Novice World Grand Champion
Also WHTA Novice Horse of the Year and 15.2 & Under Mare of the Year


(Silver Dollar x Pusher’s Miss Lisa)

Owner-Amateur Two-Year-Old Stallions


(Silver Dollar x Miss Rock Hard)

Yearling Fillies/Geldings


(Silver Dollar x Impressive Afternoon)

Elite Ladies Mares/Geldings
Owner-Amateur Mares 15.2 & Under
Also WHTA 15.2 & Under Amateur Mare or Gelding Horse of the Year

(Silver Dollar x Push N’ For Perfection)

Amateur Show Pleasure


(Silver Dollar x Foolish Pusher)

Amateur Performance Owner-Amateur Riders on Mares and Geldings Reserve World Champion


(Silver Dollar x I’m Delighted To Push)

Amateur Show Pleasure World Champion


(Silver Dollar x Dark Spirit’s Star HV)

Mares and Geldings Reserve World Grand Champion



(Silver Dollar x Dixie Coin)

Three-Year-Old Trail Pleasure Champion

(Silver Dollar x One Man Woman)

Three-Year-Old Trail Pleasure Reserve Champion




Youth 11 & Under Open Shod World Champion
Youth 11 & Under Open Shod World Grand Champion



Youth 12 – 17 Lite Shod, no canter World Champion
Youth 12 – 17 Lite Shod, no canter World Grand Champion



Three-Year-Old Open Shod Mares and Geldings World Champion
Three-Year-Old Open Shod Reserve World Grand Champion


Amateur Novice Open Shod, no canter World Champion



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