Meet Smokey, American Pharoahs Pony Horse at the NRHA Futurity

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Smokey has become America's beloved pony horse and loyal companion to the one and only American Pharaoh.
Smokey has become America's beloved pony horse and loyal companion to the one and only American Pharaoh (Photo: NRHA Reiner)

Oklahoma City, Okla.,– The 50th Running of the 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show is off to a great start and concludes December 5, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Exhibitors planning to attend this pinnacle event will vie for estimated total cash, purse and prizes of more than $2 million!

Aside from all the action, one of most talked about horses in world, best friend to the newest storied horse in the thoroughbred world, and everyone’s best friend, Smokey will be available all week for photos and neck scratches! Smokey is a six-year-old American Quarter Horse reiner, and is known in the western world as This Whiz Shines, owned by Bob Baffert of Bob Baffert Racing Stables, Inc. His calm, easy demeanor and patience under stress keeps everyone happy, including trainers, jockeys and owners! He is a permanent member of trainer Bob Baffert's barn, and is loved by all. He accompanies American Pharoah everywhere he goes.

Smokey is available in the SuperBarn at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City every day until December 5 for one hour at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Parking is free, and coliseum tickets start at $15 to stick around and watch all the great action this week at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity!

While making plans to come to the Futurity to see Smokey and all the reining action, don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Join NRHA members from around the world to witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years! There is a special place for all fans of the sport of reining to witness this much-anticipated celebration for free. Donor tables are still available. For more information about donor tables still remaining, contact NRHA at (405) 946-7400!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com.