TruWest Pure PrairieSmoke was our principal sire and a person would be hard pressed to find a more breeding-worthy stallion. He was one of those colts that identified himself from birth as a genuine stallion prospect. He only ratified my opinion from then on, never giving me one incident to consider changing my mind. He’s sublimely gentle, kind and easy to manage at all times and places. He was gentle for anyone to ride and he was called upon like any other horse to do his share of the ranch work. He loved to work and accepts new assignments joyfully. Ask me sometime about his intro to pasture roping.
Smokey was trained as a reining horse, as well as his background in cattle work here at home. At the First Canadian National Morgan Show in Regina, 1997, Smokey earned the Championships in Working Cowhorse, Open Reining and Freestyle Reining, showing a lot of folks that you can do it on a Morgan. We received many nice comments on his beauty and good disposition as well. Shown locally he always drew interest and places well every time out. He has yet to be beaten in Working Cowhorse and in 2002 was the Grand Champion Stallion at the Dawson County Open Horse Show.
Every outing to shows and stallion expos brought more lovely ladies to his court, both new and repeat breedings, Morgan mares and other breeds. Smokey’s foals have been wonderfully consistent for correctness and balance, cute trim heads and good dispositions. The older ones that we are riding now have been very easy to start, all have wanted to work cattle from the beginning and are smooth travelers with a lot of style.
Smokey will always be loved and cherished. His legacy lives on in his only breeding son, TruWest Smokey Mntn Chief.
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