Say what you will about Sinfully Smart Cat, but, his trainer said with a wry smile, make sure quirky son of a gun is one of those things.
“When he was a 4 year old, we were loping around getting ready to show and it was hot out and you think he ought to be wore out, but one day he just jumped straight in the air,” Wade Reaney said. “I about fell off of him. It came out of nowhere … scared me.
“He does stuff like that to keep me on my toes.”
In the parlance of the human athlete, that type of stuff is merely demonstrating one’s “individuality.”
Now a 7 year old, “Taco” is the new National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Open Two Rein World Champion, crowned Wednesday at the John Justin Arena in Fort Worth after making his way through a concluding finals obstacle with a 440 composite, including a big score in the cow, a 226.
“I knew if I drew the right cow … he can do all of it, but if you just draw that right cow you can do something. That’s the kind of horse he is,” said Reaney, an Idaho cowboy relishing his first World title. “That’s where he shines, is that cow work. He’s really pretty and take hold of a difficult cow and we did that today, and he handled it perfect.”
Owner Karen Olson was overjoyed by the result.
Taco is by Equi-Stat Elite $13 million sire WR This Cats Smart, a star of The Four Sixes, and out of Sinful Style (by Docs Stylish Oak). The breeding was done by Cowan Select Horses LLC of Havre, Montana.
Taco was one of three WR This Cats Smart offspring in the finals. SJR Smart Dancer, another, ridden by Rebecca Sternadel, was Reserve, 41/2 points back of the World Champion.
Reaney, who guided Taco to four first-place and two second-place finishes in 2019, has an Equi-Stat record of $488,736 over his career.
Not reflected in that figure was the $6,447 the team collected on Thursday.
“He thinks a lot,” Reaney said of Taco. “He’s always looks around a lot … he always wants to do stuff. He’s kind of quirky, too. He’ll do his own thing. You just have to leave him alone, he kind of does it himself. “He’s been so fun to train. It’s been pretty cool … been a blessing to have.”
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