Sumbunnydunnickbar       2001 Sorrel mare     15.1, 1,100 lbs.

Sumbunnydunnickbar, Pole Bending Futurity Champion
2006 WBRA Pole Bending Futurity, Moses Lake, WA - Champions!


This is 'Nicky'. Ken Smith and Nicky just recently placed 10th out of 65 in the 2011 Fort Worth Timed Event Challenge Pole Bending. Earlier in Nicky's career, they won the average and the Championship at the 2006 WBRA Speedhorse Pole Bending Futurity at Moses Lake, Washington, and she was third in the average in the 2006 Gillette pole futurity. In June, 2007, Nicky put together three clean, consistent runs to win the Senior Pole Bending Circuit Series Championship at the Central Point, Oregon AQHA show. Nicky is promising to be a great pole bending horse. In 2007, she earned her AQHA Register of Merit (ROM) in pole bending with limited AQHA showing. She has been trained using the methods we teach at our pole bending clinics.

Nicky in the championship photo at Central Point, Oregon in 2007
Nicky's championship photo after winning the 2007 three-run Circuit Series at Central Point, Oregon

Nicky was sired by the late, great Dr Nick Bar, one of the two best known sons of Flit Bar, the other being Fire Water Flit. Dr Nick Bar is also the sire of Lindsay Sears' great horse, Martha. Flit Bars are known for low, smooth hindquarter turns. Dr Nick Bar himself was a standout performer - a crowd pleaser with his super smooth, close turning style. Dr Nick Bar first came to prominence by running the fastest qualifying time his futurity year in Fort Smith, AR. He qualified for the AQHA World Show as a 3-year old in the team roping heading, and he was a Superhorse contender in 1983, having qualified in the team roping heading and heeling, barrel racing, and pole bending. Dr Nick Bar started Fallon Taylor on her professional rodeo career with big wins at major WPRA rodeos, and he remained sound and was still winning into his twentys.

Her dam, Backfire Bunny, was ridden by Mary Roberts to wins totaling approximately $12,000 in less than one year. Mary reports that she won second at the Mesquite and Humble, Texas WPRA rodeos and won the rest at CTBRA, TSBRA and open 4D barrel races. Then a fractured sesmoid prematurely ended her performance career. She was light mouthed and really eager to please. She had natural rate at the barrels, but she also hit another gear when she got in the turns. She could handle any type of ground because of her turning style. Deep ground never phased her.

Backfire Bunny's sire, Mr Sonny Bunny, was Dixie Thomas' rodeo horse. We have heard that he was one of the top horses in his day. Dixie did well in the WPRA, CPRA ,and IPRA on him.

For a quick video of Nicky making a 20.2 second pole bending run in November 2009, start the media player below:




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Pedigree of  Sumbunnydunnickbar
(You can click on the horses' names in red to learn more about them.)

(SIRE side)   Sugar Bars Three Bars
  Flit Bar Frontera Sugar
  Flit Leo
Dr Nick Bar   Julie W
  Leo Tag Leo
  Este Tag Tagalong
  Little Estileta Chubby Dun
    Estileta McCue

(DAM side)   Sail On Bunny Bunny Bid
  Mr Sonny Bunny Miss Myrna Mix
  Fanciest Lady Easy Jet
Backfire Bunny   The Lady Bug
  Ranch Bars Sugar Bars
  Ranch Bars Annie Akin's Judy
  Alkali Annie Steeldust Jim
    Gentile Winnie


Ken and Pat Smith
Sunrise West Quarter Horses, LLC
2240 4th Avenue
Clarkston, Washington WA 99403
509-780-9426


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