2023 Breeder's Guide Stallion: This Catt Shines

This Catt Shines is featured in The Team Roping Journal's 2023 Breeder's Guide, highlighting industry-best rope horse breeding programs, studs and incentives.

This Catt Shines
Ty Smith and Tom Lohse

STUD FEE: $1,750

SIRE: WR This Cats Smart
DAM: Shiners Bell Mia by Shining Spark

This Catt Shines | photo by Elite Equine Promotions

Oklahoma’s Ty Smith bought This Catt Shines as a yearling, and he immediately put the colt in some of the best hands in the business to set the horse’s career up for success in every direction.

“I sent him offto Austin Johnson to start,” Smith said. “And then he went to Ty Benson’s for the Snaffle Bit, and he showed him at the Futurity. Right after that, Tom and I started a partnership to go into the roping. We both like him whether he wins or loses. We plan to keep taking him to the AQHA shows and the calf roping futurities, and we’ll see where he goes in the team roping, too.”

At nearly 15.1 hands, This Catt Shines has the size to rope both ends, something Smith liked about him early on.

“From the time we bought him and put him to work, we knew he was put together and wanted to work like the kind of studs we need in the industry today: bigger boned, with the look, the run and the size,” Smith said. “Studs anymore are so small. We can cross him on mares that aren’t quite big enough and on mares that are big enough.”

This Catt Shines is in training now with Tavis Walters, who’s already won the AQHA’s Reserve World Championship in the Level 2 Junior Tie-Down on the horse and made the Open Finals in the tie-down there as well.

He’ll cross on both race- and cow-bred mares in 2023, and he’s enrolled in the Riata Buckle, making his colts eligible for at least $2.5 million in added payout.

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