View Full Version : Smart Chic Olena - RIP

Jun. 25, 2012, 07:02 PM
Quarter Horse News
The late, great Smart Chic Olena, rest in peace. According to owner Bill Richardson, the 1985 stallion who has offspring earnings topping $10 million in the reining, reined cow horse and cutting arenas, spent his final months grazing peacefully in the pasture next to his longtime mare friend, Brooksinic. Smart Chic Olena was euthanized on June 24.

Jun. 25, 2012, 07:22 PM
So sad, he was a great horse.

Zu Zu
Jun. 25, 2012, 07:27 PM
OH ! So sorry to read this ~

RIP ~ Smart Chic Olena ~

What a legacy he leaves !

Jun. 25, 2012, 07:40 PM
Oh No! But what a great life for a fabulous, prolific, great QH sire...

Jun. 25, 2012, 07:43 PM
Wahhh RIP ):

Jun. 25, 2012, 08:31 PM
So sorry to hear that! I have a Smart Chic Olena grandson, who came from Penn State. If our horse is anything like his grandfather, the horse world lost a great one yesterday!

Jun. 25, 2012, 09:00 PM
His legacy will be carried on for years, as he is a tremendous broodmare sire. My heart broke when I read the news, as I was lucky enough to work with Chic. It was the greatest summer of my life and I am so thankful to have know the horse that I consider to be THE legend, not just a legend. RIP Chic aka The Emperor.

Jun. 25, 2012, 09:00 PM
1985 Sorrel Stallion
Smart Little Lena-Gay Sugar Chic, by Gay Bar King
PERFORMANCE RECORD: Earner of $167,471 in cutting, reining and cowhorse events,
and 65 AQHA points: 1990 AQHA World Champion Senior Cutting Horse; 1993
AQHA World Champion Senior Reining Horse; 1993 NRHA Open Reserve
World Champion; split 3rd, 1989 NCHA Open Super Stakes & 1991 NCHA Open
Challenge; 4th, 1990 NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic; 1990 AQHA High Point
Cutting Champion; AQHA Superior Cutting.
SIRE SUMMARY: $167,471: NRHA Hall of Fame; World Champion Senior Reining
& Cutting Horse. NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire; 2004 NRHA #3 Leading Sire,
NRCHA #5 Leading Sire; and#3 All-Time Leading Sire; #5 AQHA All-Time
Leading Sire of ROM, siring the earners of more than $7,000,000. SMART CHIC
OLENA has appeared on the top 5 Leading Reining Sires list and the AQHA Top
Ten Leading Performance Sires list each year his foals have shown. Sire of 684
AQHA performers, earning 15,355 points, 28 AQHA World/Reserve World Championships;
341 ROM. Sire of 41 APHA registered foals (33 overo/tobiano, 10 APHA
KEY PERFORMERS: SMART CHIC OLENA‘s countless champions include, SMART
SPOOK ($242,128: 2004 NRHA Open Futurity Champion; 2005 NRHA Open
Derby Champion), CHIC PLEASE ($209,185: NRHA Open Futurity Champion;
NRCHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion), CHICS MAGIC POTION ($200,993:
2004 NRCHA Stallion Stakes; 2003 NRCHA Open Snaffle Bit Futurity Champion;
2003 San Lucas RCH Open Futurity Champion), A CHIC IN TIME
($187,301: 2004 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman Champion; AQHA World
Champion Senior Reining Horse & Reserve World Champion Senior Cutting
Horse), SONITA LENA CHIC ($163,638: NCHA Non-Pro Classic/Challenge
Champion), PAID BY CHIC ($141,668: World’s Greatest Horseman Champion;
AQHA World Champion Senior Working Cowhorse; 3rd, NRHA & NRCHA Open
Futurities), SMART ZANOLENA ($116,371: NRCHA Futurity Champion),
SMARTEST CHIC OLENA ($112,597: 2004 NRBC Open Championship; 2003
USET Festival of Champions Champion and 2003 USET All-Star Series Champion),
PLAY FOR CHIC (102,124: split 4th, NCHA Open Super Stakes), A
LASTING AFFAIR ($98,586: Polo Ranch Non-Pro Derby Co-Champion),
CHOCOLATE CHIC OLENA ($94,796: AQHA World Champion Senior Reining
Horse; 4-time Reserve World Champion; NRHA Non-Pro Derby Champion),
JUST CHICYNN ($87,561: AQHA Reserve High Point Junior Cutting Champion).
ROWDY YANKEE ($82,246: NRHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion, etc),
SMOKIN CHIC OLENA (APHA) ($72,960: 4-time World Champion in Reining,
Working Cowhorse and Steer Stopping; NRBC Co-Reserve Champion),
BROADMOOR (AQHA World Champion Junior Reining Horse; NRHA Open
Futurity finalist; AQHA Superior Reining, $61,763), SAILING SMART (AQHA World
Champion Junior Reining Horse; Reserve World Champion Senior Working
Cowhorse), SIENNAS CHIC OLENA (AQHA World Champion Amateur Reining
Horse; 163 AQHA points),
Cowhorse Maternal Grandsire, siring the dams of DUNNIES PRESCRIPTION
($126,419: NRHA Intermediate Open & Limited Open Futurities’ Champion, 3rd,
Open), ROOSTERS CHICAROO ($60,025: NRCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion),
SHEZA SHINETTE ($54,415: AQHA World Champion Junior Working Cowhorse).

Jun. 25, 2012, 09:49 PM
Impeccable horse with an Impeccable pedigree, he left his mark...

Jun. 25, 2012, 09:49 PM
Who bred him?

Jun. 25, 2012, 09:56 PM
One of my trainers favorite stud horses. I love his offspring. A great life for a great horse!

Jun. 26, 2012, 11:09 AM
This is from a few years ago, but still interesting to watch...

I know All Starlight is now owned by Painted Horseshoe Ranch in Montana because that is where my geldings Dam was bred/came from...



Wait I found the long version....


Damrock Farm
Jun. 26, 2012, 09:50 PM
Smart Chic Olena was bred by Babcock Ranch of Valley View, TX which, unfortunately, was liquidated due to bankruptcy in 2010.

Jun. 26, 2012, 09:58 PM
Smart Chic Olena was bred by Babcock Ranch of Valley View, TX which, unfortunately, was liquidated due to bankruptcy in 2010.

No he was not - Jim Babcock purchased him at auction in 1998. He is still listed per AQHA as being owned by Jim, but all press releases have him as being owned by Bill Richardson.

He was bred by Emily Woodall.

Damrock Farm
Jun. 26, 2012, 10:53 PM
Thanks for the correction. I thought that Bill Richardson bought Smart Chic Olena seperately, but I'm not positive. I know that Smart Chic Olena and frozen semen from him were held back from the liquidation sale.

Jun. 27, 2012, 09:13 AM
Bill bought a large number of horses from the person who purchased the horses in the bankruptcy sale. I don't believe Bill stood Chic, as I believe he has lived the past few years with his old vet in Gainesville. I could be wrong about the part about him standing though. Just noted that it was odd that the horse was never transferred into his name, where as all the other ones in the sale a few months ago were.

It'll be interesting to see what happens with all the frozen that was available for sale.