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NFR Stallion WSR Hesa Dunofa Lena Tops March Select Online Sale; Will Continue Breeding, Competing with Zito Family Rope Horse Program

Patrick Smith's NFR stallion WSR Hesa Dunofa Lena topped the March 2024 Select Online Sale, selling to Colorado team roper David Zito who will continue the horse's breeding and competition career. 

The 2004 dun stallion WSR Hesa Dunofa Lena—by Hesa Sonofa Dun out of Paulena by Doc Olena—has over $500,000 in earnings, having been raised in the Adams' family's famed Western States Ranches program. “Rooster” won California Rodeo Salinas, the Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale, Nevada, and carried Dakota Kirchenschlager, Cesar de la Cruz, Russell Cardoza and Patrick Smith to NFR qualifications and big rodeo and jackpot wins across the better part of two decades.

“Rooster has had an unprecedented career for a stallion as a performer at the highest level,” said Smith, a two-time world champ and three-time NFR average champ. “He deserves to be in a home where his legacy will be a priority, and that’s what David and his family want for him. He’s been a part of our family, he was a part of the Adams family and now he’ll be a part of the Zito family, helping them build their breeding program from the ground up.”