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BREAKING: Roping's WINNINGEST Stallion WSR Hesa Dunofa Lena Sells March 17 with Riata Buckle Spot

Never has a rope horse stud won as much as World Champion Patrick Smith's WSR Hesa Dunofa Lena, and this Sunday, March 17, the NFR stallion sells with his Riata Buckle spot only in The Select Online Sale.

Known far and wide as "Rooster," the 2004 dun stallion came from the Adams family's Western States Ranches' famed breeding program, by Hesa Sonofa Dun out of Paulena by Doc Olena, and he's earned well over half-a-million dollars in his two decades at the highest level.

"To tell the absolute truth, I've been super torn because I love this horse," Smith said. "I'm spread too thin to have time to get involved in the breeding and futurity world the way this horse deserves. This is one of the most amazing heel horses of all time. He's strong, he's kind and he's gentle. Everything you want to say about a stud, he is. I get report after report of his colts being gentle, easy to start with a big stop and kind mind. I've got several on the ground I'm going to be working with and promoting in the future. I'm OK with selling him because I'm going to keep the babies of my own. I hate to be a sentimental guy in this business, because this horse has a lot of business in his future. I could brag on him for days, because there's not anything about him that isn't deserving."

Rooster is sound, and he's ready to go—whether that's on the road to make another run at the Finals, to the junior rodeo or to the Ariat World Series of Team Roping Finale. With over $3 million paid at this year's Riata Buckle, as a Riata stallion, Rooster is also eligible to compete there this September.

WSR Hesa Dunofa Lena's Career

The Adams started Rooster at their ranch in Dublin, Texas, starting him in the cutting and reining before going to the heeling quickly as a 3-year-old.