“Selling Smart Starbuck was not an easy thing for us to do,” McCutcheon said. “He’s been a big part of our lives, and we wanted to make sure he was going to a good home. We feel confident that he will be well taken care of. The time just seemed right.”
Smart Starbuck has indeed been good to the McCutcheons. Ridden by Tom in National Reining Horse Association aged events, Smart Starbuck was a finalist every time shown. He has NRHA lifetime earnings of $60,045.
Smart Scat, out of Scats Frecklefoot by Doctor Freckles and ridden by Mandy McCutcheon, won the 2008 NRHA Futurity Non-Pro. But this mare wasn’t the first Smart Starbuck offspring to shine.
Smart Starbuck’s first foal crop eligible to compete in 2003 included Starbucks Sidekick. Ridden by Dell Hendricks, this horse was successful in NRHA aged events then competed for Team USA at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games. According to Equi-Stat, Starbucks Sidekick has lifetime earnings of $193,206.
Ridden by Brian Bell for Jimmy Pierce, Starbucks Jazz, out of Flipped Out Jazz by Colonel Flip, competed successfully in NRHA aged events in 2006 and 2007, then went on to be shown by owner Anne Peters in Non-Pro division classes. According to Equi-Stat, Starbucks Jazz has earned $101,763 in the NRHA show pen.
In 2010, Bonnie Hippensteel earned the NRHA Non-Pro and Prime Time Non-Pro World Championships on Hes Justa Benz by Smart Starbuck out of Justa Spring Freckle by Freckle Kid.
Smart Starbuck earned NRHA Million Dollar Sire status in 2009. He is the first NRHA Million Dollar Sire to leave the country. “I think that’s a big deal,” Tom McCutcheon said. “That says a lot about these other countries and what they’re trying to do. I think it’s good for the industry.”