Smart Chic An Tari (Smart Chic Olena x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark) has her own unique personality outside the reined cow horse pen. • Photo by Molly Montag.

Outside the Pen: Smart Chic An Tari

With her long flowing mane and stellar pedigree, Smart Chic An Tari makes a striking image while competing with the top reined cow horse performers in her age group.

The sorrel mare has a number of Reserve Championships to her credit, including the 2020 Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity and the 2021 East Coast Reined Cow Horse Classic Derby. She also placed fourth in the 2020 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Smart Chic An Tari shares a special connection with her regular rider, Sarah Dawson, as she’s a maternal half-sister to Shine Smarter, a WR This Cats Smart mare Dawson rode to the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity Limited Open Championship and Intermediate Open Reserve Championship – and credits with helping launch her career. Now, both Sarah and Chris Dawson qualified for The Run For A Million on her, and Sarah will be riding her in the fence work challenge.

Quarter Horse News talked with trainer Sarah Dawson at the 2021 DT Horses Western Derby to learn more about what Smart Chic An Tari is like outside the pen.

Fast Facts

Barn Name: Trudy
Age: 6
Pedigree: (Smart Chic Olena x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark)
Owner: Aaron Ranch, Commerce, TX
Breeder: Aaron Ranch, Commerce, TX
Home: Dawson Performance Horses
Equi-Stat performance record: $187,199

Favorite treat?
“She doesn’t really like treats.”

Typical Personality?
“Her personality, I would say, would be a little bit more like your typical mare. She likes to just be left alone, and then you bring her out to work her and then you leave her alone again … She has a good attitude, but she’s not much for like being petted on and rubbed. She says, ‘Leave me over here, come work me and then put me back over here.’”

Personality when turned out?
“When she’s turned out, she’s wild. She loves to run around.”

Best friend, human or horse?
“Oh, she loves me. What are you talking about! (Laughs jokingly). Yeah, I don’t know that she has one.”

What does she do the best?
“She runs and stops really hard and in all events. In the herd, she runs and stops hard; and the reining she runs and stops hard; and also down the fence. So, I would say running and stopping [because] she just she’s got a huge stop and is really strong.”