2022 Breeder's Guide Stud: Smart Nu Shiner

Smart Nu Shiner, the 2017 AQHA Senior Heeling world champion, trained by J.D. Yates, owned by Mike VanEgdom, is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2022 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

Smart Nu Shiner

Rolling V Performance Horses

Rock Valley, Iowa

712-541-7646

Stud fee: $1,500

Mike VanEgdom had always wanted to raise great rope horses, and started doing just that in 2014 with the purchase of Smart Nu Shiner, by Smart Shiner out of Annies Nu Lena by Nu Cash. Now 13, the stud was trained by J.D. Yates, who was out with an injury when Jay Wadhams won the AQHA Senior Heeling world title on him in 2017.

“He was just as quiet and gentle as you’d want to get on, and he could really stop,” recalled Yates. “He was kind of a want-to-do-it horse. Whatever you wanted to do, he’d do.”

Learn: J.D. Yates’ Hackamore Secrets

Yates continues to train and show the stud’s offspring, including a 5-year-old named Probably A Shiner that VanEgdom plans to campaign both at horse shows and rope-horse futurities this year. He finished fifth in junior heading and sixth in junior heeling at the 2021 AQHA World Show.

“These colts want to stop and want to do it all,” Yates said. “They’re really kind and really gentle. I ride offspring just like the stud—quiet, gentle and good-minded. And they’re class-looking horses.”

VanEgdom has crossed the 15-hand stud on lots of Pitzer-bred mares, producing plenty of bone and stamping his babies with dynamic color.

“Smart Nu Shiner’s dam was one of the best mares Carol Rose ever had,” he said. “I’ve got him crossed on several different bloodlines and have a nice set of colts coming by him that are 4 this year. Everything we’ve been riding out of him has enough run and enough cow and dang sure wants to stop.”

SIRE: Smart Shiner

DAM: Annies Nu Lena by Nu Cash

Read: The 2022 Team Roping Journal Breeder’s Guide