Special is truly special in many ways. Smoothie is his mother, and he was born in September, 1999, about two weeks after we figured out why Smoothie had a potbelly that refused to go away. Turns out she had been bred before we bought her. We never found out who his sire was. In 2007 Special ruptured his suspensory ligament and we were told he needed to be put down. Long story short, we refused to do that and 3 years later Special was back to barrel racing. He has qualified for both the NRCA Finals Rodeo and the SDRA Finals Rodeos and won money at the pro rodeos. Both kids have also Pee Wee barrel raced on him.
Special now lives with some dear friends of ours, the Mahers. We still consider him a part of our family though and enjoy watching the Maher kids ride and compete on him!