A contraction of two words (“smack” and “down”) popularized by WWE wrestler-turned-actor The Rock that refers to the inflicting of a beatdown of epic proportions (The Urban Dictionary)
Five American Mustangs are putting their new found reputations as the darlings of the horse industry on the line during the Texas Classic Horse Show in Fort Worth, Texas, as they take on five of the best domestically raised freestyle horses the horse industry has to offer in a “no holds barred” freestyle “smackdown.” A winner-take-all purse of $5,000 is up for grabs in the event to be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center May 25.
The five American Mustangs are all products of the recent Extreme Mustang Makeover sensation. Tentatively scheduled to appear is 2007 Extreme Mustang Makeover and multiple NCHA champion Guy Woods of Pilot Point, Texas, and his Mustang, Max.
“We’re excited to welcome these unique horses to the Texas Classic,” said show manager Val Clark. “Even though the Classic is the largest Quarter Horse show in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, we open our doors to the industry and these Mustangs certainly represent one of the first horses known to America. We think they’ll put on a great show and will offer some tough competition to some highly trained show horses.”
The Mustang contestants were participants in the 2007 Extreme Mustang Makeover presented by Fort Dodge thrilled standing room only crowds last September in Fort Worth, as they witnessed the results of 100 trainers working 100 days to tame 100 of America’s iconic wild Mustangs. The results, attracting such media powerhouses as Newsweek, National Geographic and Western Horseman magazines, were nothing short of astounding.
“Bring it on,” said MHF Executive Director Patti Colbert. “The public is going to have a lot of fun watching this event and cheering on their favorite, plus I think we might even have a few surprises in store from both sides of the competition. We look forward to being a part of it.”
Colbert said crowds can expect horses to negotiate obstacles including a few jumps, chase cattle and handle gun fire.
About the Texas Classic
The Classic, which is held at the prestigious Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, is the largest AQHA approved show in the State of Texas and ranks as one of the top show destinations in the nation. This ten day event features NCHA/AQHA cutting, NRCHA/AQHA Cow Horse, NRHA/AQHA Reining and a full slate of AQHA & NSBA classes. Drawing in top competitors from across the US, the show encompassed almost 11,000 entries in 2007. Professional staff, fun activities and philanthropic goals will take the 2008 Classic to a greater level of exposure & quality than it has ever experienced before.
For more information, contact the Mustang Heritage Foundation office or the Texas Classic at 512-731-4637.