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Smart Spook is $2 Million Sire

Former AQHA world champion Smart Spook reaches National Reining Horse Association $2 million-sire status.

By Hayley Lewallen
National Reining Horse Association
December 17, 2013

Smart Spook and Rudi Kronsteiner

Trainer Rudi Kronsteiner shows Smart Spook. (Waltenberry photo courtesy of NRHA)

Smart Spook reached another milestone in his career by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s 13th $2 million sire. Helping Smart Spook reach this milestone was Colonels Smart Spook, owned by Sally Amabile and shown by $1 million rider Jordan Larson. Colonels Smart Spook’s first place finish in the NRHA World Championship Shootout held during the NRHA Futurity helped push his sire, Smart Spook, over the $2 million mark.
 
Smart Spook, a 2001 stallion, owned and bred by $1 million owner Rosanne Sternberg of Aubrey, Texas, is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook by Grays Starlight. With $403,150 in NRHA lifetime earnings, it’s safe to say Smart Spook had a successful show career including the following wins:

  • 2004 NRHA Futurity Open Level 4 champion with Shawn Flarida
  • 2005 NRHA Derby Open Level 4 champion with Shawn Flarida
  • 2005 AQHA junior reining world champion with Shawn Flarida
  • Earner of six Gold Medals in FEI World Reining Masters competition

His top-earning offspring include:

  • Custom Spook (out of Custom Spinderella): $184,400 NRHA lifetime earnings, owned by NRHA $1 million owner Rancho Oso Rio; 2010 NRHA Futurity Open Level 4 finalist, 2011 NRHA Derby Open Level 4 finalist, 2012 National Reining Breeders Classic Open Level 3 finalist, 2013 NRBC Open Level 3 finalist
  • Red Stripe Spook (out of Ms Red Capri): $175,800 NRHA lifetime earnings, owned by Bonnie Hippensteel; 2010 NRHA Futurity Open Level 4 reserve champion,  2013 NRBC Open Level 4 finalist
  • Spook Off Sparks (out of Setting Off Sparks): $142,300 NRHA lifetime earnings, owned by Silver Spurs Equine; 2011 NRHA Cowtown Open Level 4 finalist, 2011 Scottsdale Classic Futurity Open Level 4 champion, 2011 NRHA Futurity Open Level 4 reserve champion
  • Spooks N Sparks (out of Whizicle): $100,700 NRHA lifetime earnings, owned by Tamarack Ranch; 2011 NRHA Futurity Non-Pro Level 3 and 4 champion, 2012 NRBC Non-Pro Level 4 finalist, 2012 NRHA Derby Non-Pro Level 4 finalist
  • Jacs Lil Spook (out of Miss Whoa Jac): $94,700 NRHA lifetime earnings, owned by Ruben Pacheco Cuevas; 2010 NRHA Futurity Open Level 1, 2 and 3 finalist; 2011 NRBC Open Level 1 and 2 champion, Open Level 3 reserve champion and Open Level 4 finalist; 2011 NRHA Derby Open Level 1 and 2 finalist

AQHA Professional Horseman Dick Pieper shows you how to get your colt started right for reining maneuvers, tune-up a seasoned mount or teach your horse a new event in "Plus This," featured in the December American Quarter Horse Journal.