NRCHA Hall of Fame Inductees

Prolific dam Smoke Time Tuck and record-breaking rider Anne Reynolds are honored by the National Reined Cow Horse Association.

From the National Reined Cow Horse Association

Smoke Time Tuck's greatest contribution to her sport has been through her babies. She produced 14 registered foals, and 11 of them have won a total of $500,946.96 in reined cow horse money, making her the all-time No. 1 NRCHA dam. (Credit: Bar Eleven Quarter Horses)

After a busy day of showing October 1 at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada, it was time for the annual NRCHA Hall of Fame Banquet, the Snaffle Bit Futurity highlight event held at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino. In 2015, one equine and one top hand received the NRCHA's highest honor.

Smoke Time Tuck

A sorrel mare from Oregon added tremendous pizzazz to the National Reined Cow Horse Association arena during her lifetime, and now joins the NRCHA Hall of Fame: Smoke Time Tuck, an Oregon-bred daughter of Doc Tom Tucker out of Ima Smoke by Mr Fools Smoke. The leading cow horse dam died shortly before the 2013 NRCHA Celebration of Champions in San Angelo, Texas.

Foaled in 1985, Smoke Time Tuck was owned her entire life by her breeder, Bar Eleven Quarter Horses, the Eagle Point, Oregon, horse operation owned by NRCHA Hall of Fame horseman Skip Brown.

Smoke Time Tuck was shown only twice herself, earning $3,555 in NRCHA money. Her greatest contribution to her sport has been through her babies. She produced 14 registered foals, and 11 of them have won a total of $500,946.96 in reined cow horse money, making her the all-time No. 1 NRCHA dam.

California horsewoman Lyn Anderson helped Smoke Time Tuck's offspring achieve their greatest potential. Approximately half of Anderson's own lifetime $804,140.34 NRCHA money has been earned aboard horses out of Smoke Time Tuck.

"The number of foals she has had that have been money-earners is just amazing, with only breeding one time a year. No embryo transfer, no nothing, and she's still on top. I owe a lot to that mare," Anderson said. 

She has observed similar ability and disposition in the Smoke Time Tuck babies that have come through her training program – they are high-motored, gifted athletes and natural performers.

"They're all hugely quick in the front end and super fence horses," Anderson said. 

Leading the impressive list of Smoke Time Tuck's money earners is Smart Time Tuck, a 1997 bay gelding sired by Senors Lil Brudder (Smart Little Lena-Senorita Misty by Senor George), who has just over $150,000 on his NRCHA earnings record. He is owned by California non-pro rider Murray Thompson.

The second-highest earning Smoke Time Tuck foal is Tuckers Smart Cat, by WR This Cats Smart (High Brow Cat-The Smart Look by Smart Little Lena). The 2007 sorrel gelding carried Anderson to consecutive NRCHA open hackamore world championships in 2011 and 2012 on his way to $136,662 in lifetime earnings to date. Tuckers Smart Cat is owned by David and Barbara Archer, Clovis, California. 

Anne M. Reynolds

Anne M. Reynolds

King Hill, Idaho, horsewoman Anne M. Reynolds, already firmly established as one of the most successful competitors, breeders and owners in National Reined Cow Horse Association history, joins the Hall of Fame in 2015.

Reynolds' road to more than $1.5 million in lifetime NRCHA earnings began in 1974. She has won the Snaffle Bit Futurity non-pro championship a record eight times, and in 2012, she became an exclusively open competitor. 

Not only is she the NRCHA's only female $1 million rider, and the only competitor to achieve that status as a non-pro, Reynolds is one of the association's only $1 million owners. Virtually all her champions have been raised and trained at her Why Worry Ranch, where she has a collaborative program with her mother, Joyce Pearson.

Reynolds' winning formula is based on decades of breeding and training savvy, along with a constant willingness to learn.

"We all tend to think of the process that goes into training a snaffle bit horse as a two-year time period, and primarily one person training the horse. What sometimes people don't realize is, yes, it takes 22 months to train that horse, but it's taken me my entire lifetime to learn how to do those 22 months, and I didn't do it alone. I had the help of a lot of other great trainers," she said.

Another Reynolds trademark is an unwavering commitment to the mental side of competition. She said she has been in the process of mastering her mental game for more than 30 years. Part of that journey has been learning how to enjoy the progressive nature of horsemanship. 

"When my kids were young, I went for a nine-year stretch where I didn't have enough time to prepare a horse to be competitive. What I learned during that time was that what I loved most about preparing a horse wasn't winning, but just being able to get out there for an hour every day and improve the horse a little bit. I gave up the idea of winning, and started thoroughly enjoying the process. All of us who get to play this game at any level should be tremendously grateful for the opportunity. It is such a great sport, with so many wonderful people involved in it! My best advice is to just enjoy it, have fun, and be grateful."