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Smart Chic Olena - RIP

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  • Smart Chic Olena - RIP

    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.

  • #2
    So sad, he was a great horse.


    • #3
      OH ! So sorry to read this ~ thanks for posting ~

      OH ! So sorry to read this ~

      RIP ~ Smart Chic Olena ~

      What a legacy he leaves !
      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


      • #4
        Oh No! But what a great life for a fabulous, prolific, great QH sire...
        Not all who wander are lost.


        • #5
          Wahhh RIP ):


          • #6
            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!
            "You can't fix stupid"- Ron White


            • #7
              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.
              Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.


              • Original Poster

                Look at this record.

                SMART CHIC OLENA
                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),
                MATERNAL SIRE RECORD: SMART CHIC OLENA, A Leading Reining and Reined
                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).


                • #9
                  Impeccable horse with an Impeccable pedigree, he left his mark...
                  APHA I CD SPOT
                  APHA BDB FASHION DESIGN


                  • #10
                    Who bred him?


                    • #11
                      One of my trainers favorite stud horses. I love his offspring. A great life for a great horse!


                      • #12
                        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....

                        APHA I CD SPOT
                        APHA BDB FASHION DESIGN


                        • #13
                          Smart Chic Olena was bred by Babcock Ranch of Valley View, TX which, unfortunately, was liquidated due to bankruptcy in 2010.

                          Damrock Farm


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Damrock Farm View Post
                            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.
                            Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.


                            • #15
                              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.

                              Damrock Farm


                              • #16
                                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.
                                Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.