Smart Like Juice: NRHA's Newest $3 Million Sire

The National Reining Horse Association honors cutting-bred Smart Like Juice and his huge impact on the reining industry.

From the National Reining Horse Association

Smart Like Juice is a 1994 son of Smart Little Lena out of Jessies Oak by Doc's Oak. (Credit: courtesy of NRHA)

The National Reining Horse Association recognizes and honors million-dollar earners in the sire, rider and owner categories and there is a family/entity who has achieved the much sought after honor in all three categories. Smart Like Juice, Jose Vazquez and Smart Like Juice Inc. comprise the family of overachievers. Now we celebrate Smart Like Juice ascending to $3 million sire status!

This 1994 son of Smart Little Lena out of Jessies Oak by Docs Oak was bred by National Cutting Horse Association icon Lindy Burch of Weatherford, Texas. It was good fortune for the sport of reining when “Juice” was purchased by Justin Zimmerman in 1997 and pointed in the direction of the reining pen. He was shown in the 1997 NRHA Futurity by NRHA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Ken Eppers, finishing seventh. When ownership passed to Vazquez/Smart Like Juice Inc., the late Ed Fear took the reins and competed very successfully on the new acquisition. Vazquez also put earnings on the stallion who then went on to the breeding shed having earned $56,096 in NRHA lifetime earnings, which at the time was a significant amount!

With offspring earnings of more than $3,179,295, it’s quite evident that he is a prolific sire; passing on his athletic genes and presence in the show pen as well as a disposition that endears his progeny to non pro riders around the world. His offspring have earned world championships, major event championships, gold medals, Adequan North American Affiliate championships, and the list goes on.

Smart Like Juice’s highest money-earners include Juiced Up Doc (LTE $183,494), Moonshine Juice ($122,365), Wound By Juice (LTE $112,368), Moonshine N Juice (LTE $95,144) and SLJ Sweet N Juicy (LTE $88,821). Wind Her Up Shiner by Shining Spark is the dam of Moonshine Juice, Wound By Juice and Moonshine N Juice. One would have to deem Smart Like Juice and Wind Her Up Shiner a “magic cross.” It seems that all involved with Juice have been touched by a bit of “magic.”

Smart Like Juice will spend the 2016 breeding season at Hannagan Farms in Gifford, Illinois.

NRHA is extremely gratified and honored to congratulate Smart Like Juice on reaching NRHA $3 million sire status.