Radley and Crystal Nichols had a dream that quickly became a reality when an amazing opportunity appeared before them in 2012. A friend had recommended to Crystal to invest in a Shawne Bug Leo offspring when looking for a prospect to train because they were easy to have around, didn’t require everyday working or riding and they loved their job, which worked perfect with Crystal’s busy life as a stay at home mom of two children. Crystal envisioned having Shawne Bug Leo as a new addition to their newly built place in Abilene, Texas and to heavily promote him to the horse industry. This would help bring the proven and favored old bloodlines of Shawne Bug back to the barrel industry. Shawne Bug Leo, one out of three standing sons by Shawne Bug left alive, is a complete outcross that many need and long for. His statistics as a proven sire are truly remarkable in the barrel industry with a limited foal crop, number of money earners and progeny earnings. With less than 70 offspring on the ground as of 2015, Shawne Bug Leo has sired a 2x NFR Qualifier and earner over $300,000, multiple futurity and derby champions, multiple arena record holders, multiple slot race money earners, multiple 1D Open champions, 1D Youth champions, 1D Senior champion, multiple rodeo money earners, a pole bending money earner and more. With less than 18 offspring to compete by December of 2015, he has gone on to sire over $430,000 in progeny earnings.
NickelBar Ranch is not only the home to the proven stallion, Shawne Bug Leo but has been the home since 2013 to the proven race horse and up coming sire, Dashin Dynamo. Dashin Dynamo is an own son of the All-Time Leading Sire, First Down Dash and is out of the 100% Money Producer, Ronas Cover Girl by Ronas Ryon. Dashin Dynamo has all the same and wanted qualities and traits that Ronas Ryon himself carried. He has an amazing disposition, is kind, has the same correct built, has the desire to want to please you, athleticism and ability to sire athletic babies. Dashin Dynamo is a 3/4 brother and was raised from the same breeder as Brimmerton, a multi-million dollar sire with a standout record himself. Dynamo is a race winner with earnings of $25,974 who ran AAA times.
At NickelBar Ranch, we strive to have the upmost quality not only in our stallions but also in our prospects and broodmares. Our horses consist of own daughters and full sisters of some of the most proven bloodlines including: own daughters of multiple NFR Qualifiers and the LATE Firewater Fiesta and TR Dashing Badger (both who have won over $800,000 each), the full sister to NFR Qualifier Dash Ta Vanila $200,000+ LTE, Diamonds & Dirt Futurity Reserve Champion and Slot Race Reserve Champion Vanilas Sudden Fame, full sister to Proven Sire Born Ta Be Famous, who are all out of the Triple Crown Champion and earner over $200,000 herself SX Frenchmans Vanila. We also have invested in the $98,000 producing daughter of Streakin La Jolla and maternal sister to the LATE Miss JB 055 $200,000+ LTE, full sister to Brazilian Standing Stallion Firewater Fast and own daughter of Fire Water Flit with earnings over $30,000, daughters of All American Futurity Champion Sire Tres Seis and much more…
Radley and Crystal felt that by investing in some of the most desired and proven bloodlines through their mare power would give them the opportunity to offer top notch prospects to the public by their stallions and others. They take pride in their herd and look forward to seeing their future in the arena, on the track, as producers or sires.
With Crystal’s ability and background in art and marketing, she strives to promote not only NickelBar Ranch to the best of her ability but also Shawne Bug Leo and Dashin Dynamo. Crystal and Radley want these amazing stallions to excel in the horse industry as proven sires and will do what it takes to get them there because they believe in them 100% from what they have seen and have witnessed from the stallions and their offspring. When choosing a NickelBar Ranch prospect to purchase or stallion for your mare, you are choosing a wise investment for your business and your future.