Callie is the first foal from top-tier Long Pines horses: national champion Bettin Yer Smart and Smart Miss Dual Rey (both deceased). She is in speed event training with Brandee Wardell, Lone Mountain Performance Horses. Callie began barrel racing competitions in Spring 2022, picking up checks at her first two runs. She will eventually join our broodmare band.
“She’s ridiculously fast with exceptional acceleration and footwork,” says Brandee. “And with the heart and grit that makes a real special horse.”
Callie is probably spending as much time working cattle and riding on the range as she spends in the arena.
“This is why Brandee’s program is so special and fits us great,” says Deb Brown at Long Pines. “Nothing makes a solid, trustworthy horse like ranch work.”
Deb called this mare “the firecracker” when she was a foal. At Brandee’s, she’s known as “the cow dog” for her smarts, grit, constant alertness and cow-sense. She thinks she’s the biggest and fastest horse alive, although a bit smaller at about 14.2HH.
Callie is following the roping sled and will soon start box work. With her acceleration plus nice stop, breakaway and calf roping seem like a natural. Brandee is especially looking forward to running her in the poles and small- to mid-size barrel patterns.
“Callie has a mind that never stops – she learns fast and wants to put it work right away. She’s always the one running and playing in the turn-out,” Brandee adds.
Callie was started right by the team at Justin Lawrence Cow Horses as a 2-year-old, which helps her current training move along more smoothly. Justin Lawrence’s team improved upon her natural talent so she is well versed in lead changes, spins, stops, turn-arounds and other reined cow horse requirements.
Bettin Yer Smart seems to be a golden cross with Smart Miss Dual Rey, an own daughter of Dual Rey, who proved herself as a cutting and cow horse. Callie’s half-brother, Rey Cool Cat, was 2019 BHSS Ranch Versatility Horse Open Champion, CRCHA Drought Buster Youth Overall Champion and 2018 Champion AQHA Region II Jr. Working Cow Horse. Callie's half-sister, Rey Judgemental, is a successful polo horse in California.
“Having Callie in our broodmare band in the future is so exciting to us. This maternal line contributes even more cow, athleticism, heart and grit to Long Pines horses,” says Deb.