Thursday, June 23, 2005

Smith receives several horse show honors

Nicki Smith, the 11-year-old daughter of Jerry and Karen Smith of Byhalia, is a very accomplished equestrian.

She began riding when she was 5 years old as a member of the Ingram’s Mill Saddle Club. She has shown four seasons with 4-H but recently advanced to competing in Mid-South Quarter Horse Shows. Her first quarter horse show was May 21 in Columbia, Tenn., where she placed third and sixth in the 13 and under division and received fourth honors in the combined 18 and under class.

In addition to being a standout in the show ring, she is an honor roll student at SBEC in Olive Branch and enjoys playing the guitar.

The Smiths recently purchased Zipping Tiger Leo (shown in the photo) out of Pros Vindicator. Pros Vindicator stands at stud at the Bueno Quarter Horse Training Facility. He has sired numerous horses that have been successful in halter, showmanship, western pleasure and reining. Butch Robertson and Bill Thompson, trainers and partners of the training facility, have numerous successful years in the show pen. Their expertise has won them several championships and placements at events such as the Mid-South Futurity, Dixie Nationals, the World Congress.

If you would like more information about Bueno Quarter Horses, you may contact them at 837-2759 or visit their operation at Hwy 370 in Falkner.

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