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Chic Please Dies at 25

A stallion known for his versatility as both a performer and a sire has died at the age of 25.

Chic Please (Smart Chic Olena x San O Lenita x Tenino San) was laid to rest on Monday, Jan. 20, according to a post made on the stallion’s Facebook page. He was euthanized “after some complications related to his age.”

“We are so grateful to have had him as part of our program, and to continue to watch the legacy he left through his offspring,” wrote owner Sergio Zermeno of Entorno Quarter Horses.

Chic Please — the Show Horse

When he was just 3 years old, Chic Please took the Western performance horse world by storm. He and Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Todd Bergen arrived for the 1998 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity with $9,000 already recorded in their ledger.

Their stellar finals performances, which totaled a 654.5 composite (218 herd/223 rein/213.5), secured the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Championship behind Reminics Pep and Greg Ward. But Chic Please was just getting started.

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Chic Please & Todd Bergen • Photo by Waltenberry

The M S & B Enterprises-bred stallion, who was owned at the time by Arcese Quarter Horses, left Reno, Nevada, to head for Oklahoma City. His destination? The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity.

In a true representation of his versatility, Chic Please dominated in the Jim Norick Arena. He carried Bergen to fourth in round one with a 220, second in round two with a 223 and first in the finals with a 224.5. It was an astonishing feat for the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Reserve Champion.

Chic Please, who also made the Open finals of the NRHA Derby and NRCHA Derby in 1999, retired from the show pen at age 5 with $209,000-plus on his Equi-Stat record. By then, the respect he garnered for his standout futurity season translated into hype from mare owners.

Chic Please as a Sire

At the time of his death, Chic Please’s offspring record exceeded $2.7 million. His 319 money-earning progeny built that total with paychecks in reined cow horse, reining, cutting, ranch versatility, roping and barrel racing.

ARC Sparkin Chics, a 2008 stallion (out of Sailing Spark x Shining Spark) trained and shown by Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider Doug Williamson, is Chic Please’s No. 1 performer. With nearly $165,000 in lifetime earnings, the 2011 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open finalist was still competing as of late 2019.

Chic Please’s top reining earner is RC The Chicster (out of Sonita Wilson x Doc Wilson), a 2005 stallion with $56,068 to his credit. The horse, who began his career in the United States, retired in 2012 after competing in Europe under the guidance of Michel Sandijck, Ernst Claassen and Steve Vannietvelt.

In Zermeno’s farewell post to Chic Please, he thanked Hilldale Farm, Equus RGV, Oasis Ranch and Brightstone Ranch for the stallion’s care.

“We would also like to extend a thank you to all the mare owners that bred to Chic Please over the years,” he wrote. “It was such an honor to have him in our lives!”