Hall of Fame
Canadian Supreme Earnings – $64,066.68
Bred and raised by Lynn and Gary Tresidder, Smart Little Baggins was foaled on June 1, 1990 in Texas. The handsome sorrel colt with one white sock and a stripe was bred from cutting royalty and had the disposition, conformation, and ability to make the cutting pen his destiny. On the top side of his pedigree, phenomenal cutting ability and heritage were provided by his sire, Smart Little Lena. Sired by the immortal Doc O’Lena.
The dam of Smart Little Baggins was Missy Bar Freckles who is an Oklahoma Cutting Futurity champion with proven abilities in her own right. Owned by Gary Tresidder, she was by 1976 NCHA Futurity champion Colonel Freckles, and out of a mare by Doc’s Dee Bar. She also brought conformation and ability to her foal.
The young stallion had an unfortunate injury as a two-year-old, and this prevented him from enjoying an extensive show career.
“Smart Little Baggins had a wonderful disposition and conformation, matched with a very high intelligence and a great willingness to learn.” noted Gary Tresidder. “He was very easy to train, and was a great performer as a result. I gave him recuperative time off in the pasture after his injury, and then Gerry Hansma took him back into training. After only six months of training, Gerry rode him to win the open class in the Canadian Supreme Classic Challenge. I rode him a bit as a non pro, it is the only time I ever scored a 150 and as Dave Batty put it “it will probably be the last as well.”
Smart Little Baggins sired 143 registered Quarter Horse foals. His foals were dazzling in the cutting pen, utilizing their strong athletic ability and level-headed cow sense to control their cows with smooth movements and hard stops. They showcase the essence of the cutting horse, and their show records tell the story. Little Baguette won the 2001 Canadian Supreme Open Futurity, and then the 2002 Canadian Supreme Non Pro Maturity. Stylish Baggins won the 2002 Canadian Supreme Open Futurity, and in 2003 Smart Lace won the Canadian Supreme Open Futurity. Smart Ann Peppy won the 2004 Canadian Supreme Open Maturity.
Many cutters would agree that the most successful son of Smart Little Baggins is the dynamic Caught Me Lookin, the flagship stallion at Hansma Performance Horses owned by Gerry and Sandy Hansma. This solid champion has won many aged events in the United States and Canada, and has been a top-scoring finalist in a number of others. He recently rose to further heights when he won the 2003 Open NCHA Western National Championship, and is now the highest money-earning Canadian stallion in history. As with the other get of Smart Little Baggins, his story has a long way yet to go.
“Unfortunately, Smart Little Baggins had to be put down at the young age of 12 years due to a back problem and it was with many tears that we said goodbye to him” Lynn & Gary Tresidder.
It is always difficult to lose a favorite horse, but especially so when that great stallion is in the prime of his life, and his siring potential is in the stages of bearing great success. He was most certainly one of the very best cutting sires Canada has ever known. His get have proven themselves, and won, against the very best that the cutting world can offer on both sides of the 49th parallel, and they will continue to do so in the years and generations to come.
Story by Richard McCarty