Our Breeding Philosophy & Our Commitment To You . . .
Welcome to Smith Show Horses!
We are located in West Fargo, ND! We, ourselves, have been raising Appaloosas for over 40 years. Mark’s involvement started years before when his Grandpa Smith put him on his first horse. Gail fell in love with Mark and his horses and the rest is history, as they say.
We purchased the family farm from Mark’s Grandfather as newlyweds and had been active in the local and regional level. Due to time constraints and jobs we have only now been able to go beyond that level as we continue to build our breeding program.
In 2002 long time friend and Appaloosa competitor, Dave Aasand and Mark became partners and purchased World Champion, Shes Pretty Fancy from Bob Kletschka. She was bred to the syndicated Appaloosa stallion, The Secret.. The foal she was carrying was An Awesome Secret.
It was the consensus, a filly was preferred! A colt was born. BUT when Dave was called the
description included adjectives such as incredible, awesome, COLORED, “a face like a deer"
and the tiniest ears!
The plan was to get him ready for the World show, even though he was a March foal. He stood a respectable 3rd. The reaction from spectators and trainers at his stall encouraged us to get him ready for the National Show in 2004. About 8 weeks before the show our young stallion got hung up in the stall and he had major surgery on his front foot. He was never lame, but it prevented any “fitness program” before the major show. He stood a close 4th. At that time he was retired due to on-going treatment.
That cross worked, however that yearling injury turned out to be much more extensive than we originally thought, and it was tenuous in the breeding pen. An Awesome Secret has become known for his production consistency at a very young age. He had sired a top ten contender in performance and a World Champion in Halter from his first two foal crops. That was done with limited numbers (less than a dozen on the ground).
We Have Come
Although, our friendship remains undivided, we and Dave decided to dissolve our partnership. The mare that started it all was bred to The Secret ... just like the day we bought her. She was a large part in the establishment of a strong breeding program for us. Dave kept a daughter of hers by The Secret and we, kept An Awesome Secret, a son of hers and Indelible Image, a grandson of hers. WE also own her daughter Pretty Inclusive. We loved this mare and recognize the influence this mare has had in our breeding program in a few short years. There aren't many mares that are that consistent.
After reading the article above, the belief it is as much about a great mare as it is about us.
This is the kind of mare that proves the value of a strong maternal influence.
As we evaluated future plans we leased our mare, Pretty Inclusive to a syndicate member. Pretty Inclusive shares the same dam as An Awesome Secret, Shes Pretty Fancy. She is by All Inclusive. All Inclusive died at a very young age, but he left a mark in the ApHC industry through his foals. His get have become well recognized
for their production capabilities. ...and the more we thought about it, we offered to buy Pretty Inclusive's foal before it was born. The colt was born on Valentine's Day. We knew, right from the moment he was born, this colt was the one that would be able to carry on our dream if An Awesome Secret's breeding life were cut short. He would need a name of his own and stand on his own. We named him Indelible Image. Ten days later Awesome started having trouble breeding and we realized just how fast things can change. But we were a minimum of 2 years away from Indelible Image's first test breeding. We brought An Awesome Secret home from our collection facility in Minneapolis, with a prognosis his breeding days were over. We were devastated. Earlier injuries revealed he had fractured a vertebrae at the base of his neck, possibly when he freed himself from the leg injury, but in any case his days as a breeding stallion were over, according to Anoka Equine.
NEVER give in and NEVER give up! Since that horrible diagnosis, we have been able to rehabilitate An Awesome Secret to be used in a limited breeding program, but the doctors told us, it is a matter of time when it cannot be "fixed". It could be tomorrow or next year, at some point we will not be able to manage his pain. We have contracted with Northstar Stables in Devils Lake, ND to be our collection and shipping site, however, at this time we are only offering on site breeding at that facility. We have learned that nothing is forever and anything is possible through this unexpected adventure. Currently, An Awesome Secret
has gotten stronger and under the guidance of Casselton, Veterinary Clinic, we are encouraged Awesome will have a longer breeding life than we anticipated a couple of years ago. We know it may come to a sudden stop. We are currently taking breedings one at a time. So far he has shown us he is ready and willing. Call us if you have any questions.
We are really excited about Indelible Image. His incredible production bloodlines should prove to be as strong as An Awesome Secret's early accomplishments. He has the WOW factor, that makes you look twice. He is balanced and has an easy going attitude.
Times change. Dave has now retired from his "real" job and has cut back on the breeding concept. Dave is going to do more active showing and has kept a couple of mares to satisfy his baby fix. We purchased his investment in the stallions and realize that we, too, have a limited amount of mares to own two stallions. We seriously considered syndication with the younger stallion, but feel the two stallions, together, make a solid breeding program.
Indelible Image will stand to the public. The first two foal crops are on the ground. The first year, a test breeding by Ink (as a 2 year old) to our son's riding mare, Check Please! The result was a red leopard (2011 colt)! The next year, 2012, there were futurity winners and a foal that stud Grand Champion 3 times. He is 1/2 point from his ROM in Most Colorful., another will begin his halter career in January.
Our breeding philosophy~breed the best to the best. We include title holders in our breeding, but more important PRODUCERS! Mark says, "All of our foals are for sale." However, we breed our mares with the expectation each foal would be the kind we would keep in our breeding program or be the quality to show at a World and National Level. We believe that if you get a foal from Smith Show Horses there will be fewer surprises and higher expectations.
We take this commitment seriously!
If you have ANY questions, please feel free to call or email us.
Our Breeding Philosophy & Our Commitment To You
We believe a horse should halter and perform.
We have chosen three futurities that
support that philosophy.
Foals born in 2013 by An Awesome Secret
and Indelible Image will be eligible for
The Iowa Select Futurity, The All Breed Challenge & RRVISS
You will have a chance to earn money, but most important,
If you decide to sell, there will be market for your foal!