After a successful weekend at a number of National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) approved events, another stallion has crossed a historic NRHA milestone. Thanks to his offspring earning more than $22,000, Smart Spook is unofficially an NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire.
Smart Spook is a 17-year-old stallion by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook (by Grays Starlight). Owned and bred by Rosanne Sternberg, the sorrel stallion stands at Sterling Ranch in Whitesboro, Texas, and was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Before entering his career in the breeding shed, Smart Spook enjoyed success within the show pen, earning more than $403,149 in NRHA lifetime earnings. The stallion’s top finishes include:
- 2004 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion, ridden by Shawn Flarida
- 2005 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, ridden by Flarida
- 2005 American Quarter Horse Association Junior Reining World Champion, ridden by Flarida
- 2007-2009 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Reining Masters Gold Medalist, ridden by Rudi Kronsteiner
Smart Spook’s first offspring were foaled in 2006. Since then, the sire has produced eight foals with more than $100,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings – two of which have won more than $200,000 – in addition to five NRHA Futurity champions and one NRHA Derby champion.
Helping the notable sire cross the five million dollar mark were great performances by his offspring at the 2018 NRHA European Futurity, One HOT Reining – HOT Summer Slide and Reining By The Bay, where Luca Fappani rode Spooks N Jewels (out of Whiz Jewels x Topsail Whiz), owned by his parents Andrea and Tish, to more than $22,500 in earnings.
Smart Spook’s most notable offspring include:
- Custom Spook (out of Custom Spinderella x Custom Crome, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC): NRHA earnings of $222,115
- Shine N Spook (out of Ebony Shines x Shining Spark, owned by Ubere Agropecuaria Eireli): NRHA earnings of $219,827
- Red Stripe Spook (out of Ms Red Capri x Jacs Aledo Bar, owned by Laurie Boaz): NRHA earnings of $179,767
- Ebony Spook (out of Ebony Whiz x Topsail Whiz, owned by Rosanne Sternberg): NRHA earnings of $160,634
- Spook Off Sparks (out of Setting Off Sparks x Shining Spark, owned by Silver Spurs Equine): NRHA earnings of $142,339
Congratulations to Smart Spook and Sterling Ranch!