After leaving an inerasable mark on the cutting industry with incredible offspring earnings in excess of $1.7 million, The Smart Look was humanely euthanized the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 7. The 28-year-old mare owed the world nothing – she gave her all as a broodmare and died as the No. 3 cutting producer of all time.
“She had lived out her last few years under the watchful care of Jake James and Amy Carter at Ms. [Julie] Wrigley’s ranch,” said Justin High, DVM, who provided the mare’s veterinary care for the last few years. “During this time, she was as healthy and strong as any horse on the place, especially for her age. Within the last few months, she began to suffer from complications of a small colon disorder, which despite the best care possible, was not something she would be able to overcome.”
The Smart Look was bred by the legendary Bill Freeman, and purchased by George and Christine Stout before the first performance of her career. George Stout later debuted the mare in Fort Worth, Texas, at the 1991 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, where they finished 21st in the Open finals. Over the next year, they finished 14th and 15th in the Non-Pro at the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular, respectively.
After changing hands again, The Smart Look took to the weekend scene with new owner Thomas Wiens, of Sedalia, Colorado. The mare continued to show in Non-Pro and Amateur classes until her retirement in 1999, when she left the performance arena with $48,723 to her credit. At that juncture, she was already well on her way to making a name for herself as a broodmare.
In that same year, The Smart Look produced a son by High Brow Cat that went on to become one of her highest earners of all time. That foal was 2005 NCHA Open World Finals Show Champion WR This Cats Smart, who garnered $236,474 as a cutter and has since achieved Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Sire status. But even before WR This Cats Smart made a name for himself, The Smart Look’s first foal was thickening her bankroll.
Smart Lookin Hi Brow (by High Brow Hickory), bred by Wiens Ranch Company Inc., earned $221,929 in the cutting pen. Among the mare’s accolades are Derby Open championships from the 1999 Abilene Spectacular and NCHA Summer Spectacular, and Classic/Challenge Open titles from the 2000 Augusta Futurity and 2001 Polo Ranch Classic. To date, her offspring earnings total approximately $275,000, according to Equi-Stat.
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