Having looked at some photos of Halter horses today — and wondering why people are still breeding HYPP positive horses — Smokey is a stunner. Seriously, this horse is so handsome they will need to make a Breyer model of him.
Smokey, or This Whiz Shines, is more than just a side kick. The six year old buckskin gelding had a competition career of his own before joining the Baffert barn, competing at the National Reining Horse Association’s 2012 NRHA Futurity. He has some pretty impressive moves.
Baffert apparently has a soft spot for Quarter Horses as he got his start racing them. He’s bought several horses from Smokey’s breeder and claims Smokey is the barn favorite — and the intended mount for his 10 year old son.