Smart Spook Becomes NRHA $3 Million Sire

Former AQHA world champion Smart Spook reaches National Reining Horse Association $3 million-sire status.

From the National Reining Horse Association

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

Smart Spook made it a three-peat when his offspring continued to excel in the show pen and earned their sire more than $3 million and a new moniker – NRHA $3 million sire. The sorrel 2001 stallion is by NRHA $6 million sire and Hall of Fame inductee Smart Chic Olena and out of Sugarplum Spook by $1 million sire Grays Starlight. Bred, raised, and owned by Rosanne Sternberg, one of only a few designated NRHA $1 million owners, Smart Spook is well known for his athletic ability and outstanding disposition.

“This year has been a truly great year for Smart Spook, not only entering the NRHA Hall of Fame, but now, at the young age of 14, reaching the level of a $3 million sire. This is also an important year for NRHA, celebrating its 50th anniversary and moving into a new office and Hall Of Fame building. Smart Spook and I are honored to be part of NRHA’s milestone in Reining and look forward to continuing to make an enduring mark and legacy in the sport, for many years to come. Raising, owning and standing Smart Spook is the dream of any horse breeder and reiner. His wonderful temperament and character, which he passes on to his foals, brings endless enjoyment to my family,” said Sternberg when notified of Smart Spook’s newest designation.

Smart Spook, has more than $403,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings. Not only did he earn the 2004 NRHA Futurity Level 4 open, the 2005 NRHA Derby, the 2005 AQHA world championship in junior reining, but he earned a record six Gold Medals in FEI World Reining Masters competition.

The true evaluation of a stallion lies in his progeny. A prolific stallion, Smart Spook puts a stamp on his offspring that leaves no doubt as to their quality and potential. To test that philosophy, consider his top-five money-earning offspring:

  • Custom Spook, $212,424.82                     
  • Red Stripe Spook, $179,729.30                     
  • Shine N Spook, $168,259.37                     
  • Spook Off Sparks, $142,339.23                     
  • Ebony Spook, $123,354.63