Smith Red Hot on Ima Smokin Frosty
Tulsa, OK – July 20, 2012 - M. Wade Smith (Geary, Oklahoma) took home the National Championship honors title in Friday night’s Non-Pro Reining at the 65th National Appaloosa Show in Ft. Worth, Texas. Riding Ima Smokin Frosty, one of Smith’s three horses he competed on, Smith topped out on Pattern #2 with the flawless plus run at 211 1/2. Smith’s mount was just recently purchased from North View Farm in Bordertown, New Jersey and this was his first reining event with his new partner. This years field of the 12 Non-Pro competitors was an impressive mixture of veterans such as; Jane Cairo (Miami, Florida), Paul Stewart (Cooper City, Florida), and David L. Gregory (Hampton, Connecticut) combined with newcomers; Sheri Shaw (Tolar, Texas) and Jennifer Stone (Glendora, California).
Smith and Ima Smokin Frosty were Draw #11 of 12 and Smith knew he was going to have to lay down a perfect ride in order to beat Gregory and Cairo, who both had posted a 205 1/2. And he did just that. Cairo aboard Viejos Tattoo and Gregory riding First Draw finished up as Co-Reserve Champions. Rounding out the top 7 were; (4)David L. Gregory/Shadow of A Whizard -204 1/2, (5) Sheri Shaw/Duntattooedavaquero – 203 1/2, (6) Robin Broughton (Wadsworth, Illinois)/ANB Silver Dun It – 201 1/2, and (7) Paul Stewart/Wimpys Little Clown – 200 1/2. Congrats to M. Wade Smith, National Non-Pro Reining Champion, and kudos to Jane Cairo, ApRHA Treasurer, for having 3 of her stallions’ (Tattoos Dun It) offspring scoring in the top 7.