Smart Little Lena's ashes in March were moved to a new resting place. NCHA Executive Director Jay Winborn (far right) displays Smart Little Lena’s 1982 Futurity Champion trophy while NCHA Charities Foundation Director Julia Buswold accepts the remaining Smart Little Lena memorabilia donated by Manion Ranch (clockwise from top) Kyle, Tommy and Layne Manion. • Photo courtesy of Manion Ranch.

Manion Ranch Donates Smart Little Lena’s Ashes

The ashes of the first National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) triple crown winner have a new resting place.
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Smooth Strategy and Phil Hanson’s 224 Tops NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby Gelding Open

Havey Kyle Kix Barbara Phil SumSpec 13Phil Hanson (right) was presented with the Derby Gelding Open award by NCHA President Barbara Brooks and her husband, country music performer Kix Brooks. Smooth Strategy's owners, Havey and Kyle Manion (left) were there to join in.A couple hours after securing a spot in the Derby Non-Pro semifinals with his owner, Smooth Strategy marked a career-best 224 and carried trainer Phil Hanson to a victory in July 31’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Summer Spectacular Derby Gelding Open finals.