In the Blood: Smart Lookin Nurse

Smart Lookin Nurse & Bart Holowath • Photo by Primo Morales

The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Cow Horse Classic Derby Non-Pro and Intermediate Non-Pro at the Celebration of Champions was won by Bart Holowath and his gelding Smart Lookin Nurse. They marked a 148 in the herd work, a 146 in the rein work and a 148 down the fence for a composite of 442 to earn the high score in both divisions. The take home purse totaled nearly $6,400.

Smart Lookin Nurse (WR This Cats Smart x Nurseware x Dual Rey), a 2013 gelding bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock, of Douglas, Wyoming, is owned by Bart and Terri Holowath, of Cayley, Alberta, Canada. A look at his pedigree will show many of the same horses we often report on, but this time we see an interesting pattern of inbreeding on both sides of the pedigree, then crossing, which forms a linebreeding pattern that dominates the pedigree.


WR This Cats Smart • Photo by Cam Essick

WR This Cats Smart (High Brow Cat x The Smart Look x Smart Little Lena) was a multiple aged event winner and the 2006 NCHA Open World Finals Champion. He won $236,474 in his career, according to Equi-Stat, and he is now a leading sire that shows a great deal of versatility through his foals that have been shown in events like cutting, reining, reined cow horse and barrel racing. His sire earnings in Equi-Stat passed the $10 million mark in those events. His leading money-winners include Teles Bout This Cat ($239,791), Velvets Revolver ($220,314), This Kats Kool ($183,698), Tuckers Smart Cat ($182,333) and others.

High Brow Cat (High Brow Hickory x Smart Little Kitty x Smart Little Lena) is the all-time leading sire of money-earning cutting horses. This great stallion has recently taken on a new role as a leading paternal grandsire of reined cow horses, with earnings of more than $6.9 million. The foals of WR This Cats Smart have contributed $2 million to this total, with No. 1 cow horse earner being Tuckers Smart Cat.

Smart Little Kitty (Smart Little Lena x Doc’s Kitty x Doc Bar) is the dam of horses with earnings of $322,605 in Equi-Stat, including Smart Lil Highbrow ($98,918) and Smart Bronze ($72,347). Her dam, Doc’s Kitty, was the 1969 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion. She is the dam of Pretty Little Kitty ($82,077), Meradas Kitty ($19,331) and Kittys Destiny ($17,793).

The Smart Look & Tom Wiens • Photo by Judy Spaulding

The Smart Look (Smart Little Lena x Dox Royal Smoke x Freckles Playboy), a 1991 NCHA Futurity Open finalist, earned $48,723. She has produced foals that have made her the No. 3 dam, according to Equi-Stat, with earnings in excess of $1.8 million. Some of the foals responsible for that distinction include: Dual Smart Rey, the 2006 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion; One Smart Lookin Cat, the 2003 NCHA Futurity Open Champion; and Smart Lookin Hi Brow, the 1999 NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Open Champion. These three champions give The Smart Look her own version of the NCHA Triple Crown.

The fact that Smart Little Kitty and The Smart Look are both sired by Smart Little Lena gives us a breeding pattern of 3 X 2 to Smart Little Lena. Depending on what you want to call it, this is a pretty intense form of linebreeding, a type of inbreeding.


Nurseware (Dual Rey X Readytoware X Peptoboonsmal) is an unshown mare. Her only performer out of the four foals she’s produced to date is Smart Lookin Nurse.

Dual Rey (Dual Pep x Nurse Rey x Wyoming Doc) is the No. 3 all-time leading sire of cutting horse money-winners with nearly $37 million in earnings. He is also a part of the trend that finds cutting horse sires making their presence known in the reined cow horse discipline. At the end of 2017, he was the No. 2 Five-Year Leading Sire of reined cow horse money-earners, according to Equi-Stat. All told, his foals have earned almost $2 million in the sport. His leading money-winner on that list is Dom Dualuise ($213,689).

The lineage of Dual Pep is a key on this side of the pedigree. He is sired by Peppy San Badger and his dam, Miss Dual Doc, is by Doc’s Remedy.

Lee Francois and Elseware, a 2010 daughter of Readytoware • Photo by Hart Photos

Readytoware (Peptoboonsmal x Sugs Software x Doc’s Sug) has $50,545 in earnings. She was third in the 2003 Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open and a finalist in the 2003 Super Stakes Classic Open. She is the dam of horses that have won $162,839, and her leading performers are Elseware ($78,685) and Wareable ($50,269).

Sugs Software was an unshown mare and the dam of only three foals, with Readytoware her only performer. Her sire, Doc’s Sug (Doc Bar x Bar Gal x Sugar Bars) was an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Champion with 16 halter points and 11 Grand Championships. He earned 20 performance points, with 15 in Western pleasure and five in cutting. He also earned $1,194 in the NCHA to receive his Certificate of Ability.

Gay Bar Lady (Gay Bar King x Keepsake Bay x Scooter S) was the dam of Sugs Software. She was an AQHA Champion with 15 halter points, along with one Grand Championship and four Reserve Grand Championships. Her 109 performance points and a Superior came in cutting. In the NCHA, she earned $6,391 and received her Certificate of Ability.

Gay Bar Lady was the dam of horses that earned $524,403. Her leading money-winner was Sugs Gay Lady ($298,905), the 1982 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion and the 1983 NCHA Super Stakes Open Reserve Champion. Doc Ware ($166,540) was her second leading earner. Sugs Software was a full sister to these two cutters.

Peptoboonsmal brings us back as a part of the breeding pattern we see in Smart Lookin Nurse. Peptoboonsmal was sired by Peppy San Badger and out of Royal Blue Boon, by Boon Bar. This makes Peptoboonsmal a three-quarter brother to Dual Pep. Again, this is pretty close linebreeding, so it could be called inbreeding in this case.

When there is a breeding pattern like this to three-quarter brothers, we are looking at the mating of collateral relatives or a collateral linebreeding pattern. Collateral relatives are full siblings and/or three-quarter siblings that appear in the pedigree together.

WR This Cats Smart gives us a breeding pattern of 3 X 2 to Smart Little Lena. Nurseware has a breeding pattern of 3 X 3 to the three-quarter brothers Dual Pep and Peptoboonsmal. But when they are crossed, they are linebreeding to the Doc Bar/Leo San cross. There is linebreeding to Doc Bar through Doc O’Lena, Doc’s Remedy and Boon Bar. The linebreeding to Leo San comes through his sons Mr San Peppy, the sire of Peppy San Badger, and Peppy San, the sire of Smart Peppy, who is the dam of Smart Little Lena.

While there are other sources of Doc Bar and Leo San in the pedigree, they don’t come close to dominating the pedigree like these other horses.