Archive for August, 2010

Smart Little Lena 1979 – 2010

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Smart Little Lena

Bill Freeman on Smart Little Lena


… and Mr. Beamon was waiting to hold the gate.

Great stallions never die, but live on through their progeny. So it is with Smart Little Lena, who suffered a debilitating stroke this morning and was humanely put to rest by Dr. John McCarroll.

“It is one thing to recognize a horse for all his great accomplishments, but it’s another thing to be fortunate enough to really have known him,” said longtime Manion Ranch employee Robin Levison, who was with Smart Little Lena at the end and who found it hard speak.

Levison said that the 31-year-old legendary cutting horse champion and sire had been in good condition until the stroke.

Check back here for an upcoming tribute to Smart Little Lena.

No need to gild these geldings

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Geldings? As Rodney Dangerfield would say, “They don’t get no respect.”

At least they haven’t always in the the cutting world. Until recently.

The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting, with its substantial purse money, and the Mercuria NCHA World Finals, held during the NCHA Futurity Festival in Fort Worth, have put the spotlight on geldings like never before.

Boony Playboy on the block at $100,000

There are also restricted incentive programs for young geldings – EE Ranches’ popular Futurity program, which has paid out $280,000 in three years, comes to mind. Many limited age events also include gelding divisions, and last week, the NCHA executive committee passed a resolution to incorporate open and non-pro gelding 4-year-old classes within the NCHA Summer Spectacular. These classes have been part of the NCHA Super Stakes slate since 1994, when 1993 NCHA Futurity champion Bobs Smokin Joe won the open division.

Even in the hallowed hall of NCHA Futurity open champions, geldings have held their ground, despite the fact that among NCHA Futurity entrants, colts have historically outnumbered geldings by a wide margin. The total of 48 NCHA Futurity open champions includes 20 stallions, 20 mares and eight geldings.

The first Futurity champion was the gelding Money’s Glo, shown by Buster Welch in 1962. Welch also rode the unregistered gelding Rey Jay’s Pete to win the event in 1966.

The next gelding to capture the Futurity title was The Gemnist, with Kathy Daughn in 1985. It was the beginning of a 12-year span that saw five geldings win the event: The Gemnist in 1985; Smart Little Senor in 1988; July Jazz in 1989; Bobs Smokin Joe in 1993; and Playboy McCrae in 1996.

It would be another 10 years before a gelding captured the win – Oh Cay Felix, who scored an unprecedented double victory in 2006, with Craig Thompson in the open and Patrick Collins in the amateur division.

Meanwhile, the top four all-time leading NCHA money earners listed in the 2009 NCHA Yearbook are geldings: Poco Quixote Rio, $1,091,734; Red White And Boon, $882,498; Sister CD, $729,177; and Dual Rey Me, $708,061. Dual Rey Me is the leading active money earner, with $812,406 as this is written.

Finally, it isn’t often that geldings are among the high-selling lots at a cutting horse auction. But Boony Playboy, a 7-year-old gelding sired by Peptoboonsmal, was the second-highest seller at $100,000 during the NCHA Summer Spectacular Sale on July 31, 2010.

Geldings? They’ve got my respect.

2010 Fort Klamath 4yo Non-Pro

Sunday, August 29th, 2010
219.0
m
ICED OUT R: JERRY ERWIN O: JERRY & KATHY ERWIN
(SMOOTH AS A CAT x ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $6,879

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2010 Fort Klamath 4yo Amateur

Friday, August 27th, 2010
219.0
m
ICED OUT R: JERRY ERWIN O: JERRY & KATHY ERWIN
(SMOOTH AS A CAT x ABSOLUTELY STUNNING, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $1,373

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2010 Fort Klamath 5/6yo Amateur

Friday, August 27th, 2010
215.0
m
CD CINCO DE MAYO R: ERIC FREITAS O: ERIC FREITAS
(CD ROYAL x CT SWEET UNION, by DOC’S HICKORY)
Earned: $1,197
215.0
g
HIS REYFLECTION R: TRACI HATCH SHEHADY O: TRACI HATCH SHEHADY
(DUAL REY x SWEET SHORTY LENA, by SHORTY LENA)
Earned: $1,197

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2010 Fort Klamath 3yo Non-Pro

Friday, August 27th, 2010
224.0
s
FOR INSTANCE R: KATIE FONSEN YOUNG O: KATIE FONSEN YOUNG
(SR INSTANT CHOICE x TRAVALEN TESSIE, by TRAVALENA)
Earned: $6,060

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2010 Fort Klamath 5/6yo Non-Pro

Friday, August 27th, 2010
223.0
m
LIL DUSTY LOLA R: JANET WESTFALL O: JANET & RUSS WESTFALL
(CD ROYAL x SMART LIKE DUSTY, by SMART LITTLE LENA)
Earned: $7,676

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