ⓘ Hes Puttin on the Ritz was a Tennessee Walking Horse stallion who won World Championships at the ages of two and three before winning his breeds World Grand Cha ..

                                     

ⓘ Hes Puttin on the Ritz

Hes Puttin on the Ritz was a Tennessee Walking Horse stallion who won World Championships at the ages of two and three before winning his breeds World Grand Championship in 1996.

                                     

1. Life and career

Hes Puttin on the Ritz was foaled in 1991. He was a chestnut stallion sired by A Command Performance and out of Gens Living Doll. His maternal grandsire was Prides Generator. He was sold to William and Sandra Johnson, the owners of Waterfall Farms, as a two-year-old. He was initially trained by Billy Gray and his son Tim, and ridden by Tim Gray, won the Two-Year-Old World Championship in the 1993 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. The next year he won the Three-Year-Old World Championship and was named Horse of the Year. The following year, 1995, he was expected to enter the World Grand Championship. However, Hes Puttin on the Ritz suffered a foot injury and did not compete in the Celebration at all that year. Instead he was sent from Days stable home to Waterfall Farms and bred for the first time; his trainer was also switched, from the Grays to Sammy Day. In 1996, Hes Puttin on the Ritz won the stallion class in the Celebration and entered the World Grand Championship, which he and Day won.

Hes Puttin on the Ritz retired from showing after his World Grand Championship win and stood at stud until 2014, when he was completely retired due to a tumor. He died in his paddock August 3, 2016.

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