Smart Stingrey wins at Western Nationals

May 1st, 2014

Mike Wood on Smart Stingrey.

Mike Wood and Smart Stingrey marked 217 for a half-point win in the $10,000 Novice finals, the first championship decided at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western Nationals in Denver on Wednesday.

Jon Burgess took the reserve title with a 216.5 on his own Starlights Gypsy gelding.

Smart Stingrey was bred by John McClaren by Dual Rey out of Smart Sandhill Kay, a Smart Mate mare that earned $45,000. Smart Stingrey is her first money earner, and the 8-year-old gelding has earned over $150,000, including an extensive aged event career with Lloyd Cox.

Mike Wood trains Smart Stingrey for Michelle and Jeff LeMaster of Las Vegas, Nevada. He showed in the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in the $10,000 Novice division last winter.

At Denver, he posted the top score in the go-round with a 221, and drew first in the first set of the finals for his championship run. He also qualified for the Open and the $3,000 Novice finals.