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NRCHA Supreme Cow Horse Bettin Yer Smart


Bettin Yer Smart (Jayhawk), the standout 2007 AQHA red roan stallion with big moves, spectacular fence work and easy-going personality, was humanely euthanized on August 30, 2021, on the range of Long Pines Land and Livestock north of Camp Crook, SD.

Bettin Yer Smart (Jayhawk) helped introduce reined cow horse to the northern plains. This 2007 AQHA red roan stallion was owned by Long Pines Land and Livestock near Buffalo, South Dakota, for almost all of his life. A product of the Lindy Burch breeding program for the Oxbow Ranch, he is a grandson of Lindy’s great mare, Bet Yer Blue Boons, winner of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Show, thanks to the Equine Reproductive Lab at Colorado State University. Lindy bred her world champion to Peptoboonsmal, and the result was Bet Yer Boons, who Lindy bred to Smart Little Lena, and Bettin Yer Smart’s destiny was set.

During his limited show career, Bettin Yer Smart won the hackamore division at the 2012 Snaffle Bit Futurity. The same year, he won Reserve Open Hackamore Champion at the NRCHA World Show. In fact, he has winnings in all NRCHA divisions (snaffle, hackamore, two-rein and bridle) and qualified for the World Show in all but snaffle. In 2020, he returned alongside his winning offspring.

In the AQHA, he was High Point Open Junior Working Cow Horse for 2011, earning 36.5 AQHA points plus a Register of Merit in Open Performance. Bettin Yer Smart won almost $40,000 in reined cow horse and cutting competitions, placing him among an honored few to be named an NRCHA Supreme Working Cow Horse.

His training and showing was under Justin Lawrence, Alzada, Montana. “This horse has more trainability and try than any other day in and day out,” says Lawrence. He chose to compete on Bettin Yer Smart in three of his invitations to the World’s Best Horseman. Lawrence and his wife, Kelcie, purchased the eye-catching roan stallion as a yearling. He was bought soon afterwards by Long Pines Land and Livestock, one of the first in a four-state area to seriously enter reined cow horse competitively.

“Bettin” on His Offspring

Long Pine’s horse program is the result of husband and wife team, Deb Brown and Larry Licking's, vision. Deb is addicted to working cow horses and Larry loved the speed and fast footwork of barrel horses (Larry died in 2021). Bettin Yer Smart fits both.

During his show career, this versatile stallion was a handy ranch horse, used to dragging calves at brandings and long days of wet saddle blankets. He was promised a home on the range of northwestern South Dakota/southern Montana. He became a range stallion in 2015, and was humanely euthanized at the ranch Aug. 30, 2021, due to a severe stifle injury.

The Long Pines broodmares are cow, cutting and speed bred, and Bettin Yer Smart’s 2016 foal crop is proved he crossed well on them all. Instead of standing him to outside mares immediately, Long Pines asked Bettin Yer Smart to prove himself as a sire.

“He stamps his offspring with strong, correct conformations, good looks, great minds and athleticism,” says Deb.

Long Pines has put horses from his foal crops into training with Justin Lawrence. Smart Vaca Reina and Smokin the Jay became NRCHA open money winners in their first and second shows, respectively.

Tina and Terri Nistler, successful reining competitors in Montana, have one of Bettin Yer Smart’s first foals, BetMyBrakes R Smokin, a 2016 red roan stallion that looks almost like a twin to his sire. Terri says he is “insanely athletic, kind, good natured, and really wants to work.” She adds, “He’s very trainable with a good work ethic and already has a strong stop. We’d sure bring another mare to Bettin Yer Smart.”

The work ethic and good disposition of Jayhawk tends to come up frequently. “He hadn’t been ridden for probably 16 months, and Sterling (Deb’s son) threw a saddle on him and worked bulls with him,” Deb says.

“Jayhawk had so many qualities that we want in all our Long Pines horses. We hope he helps us increase the popularity of reined cow horse, and that his offspring give many others the chance to have a part of him,” concludes Deb.

Bettin Yer Smart foals born in 2019 and beyond are NRCHA Stallion Stakes eligible. Horses by Bettin Yer Smart and Judgemental are eligible for AQHA Ranchers Heritage and SDRCHA Stallion Stakes.