The one thing Terra Micek remembers most about first getting to know Nic N Chics is giving YouTube a lot of traffic one weekend five years or so ago.
All she had known to that point was her mother encouraging her to give the cow-horse gelding a look-see because trainer Brad Lund thought, “you’d be a pretty good match.”
“I bet that I wore YouTube videos out because I watched the two he had on there so much,” Micek said. “That was when I knew he was going to be mine.”
During spring break from her studies and rodeoing at Oklahoma Panhandle State in Goodwell she took off for an event at Fort Scott, Kansas. During a break she drove up 45 minutes to Lund’s house and jumped aboard “Nic.”
“I fell in love,” Micek said.
Lund’s prophecy was spot-on. Micek and Nic weren’t only a pretty good match, they were made for one another, the twosome eventually becoming the National Reined Cow Horse Non-Pro Bridle National Champions of 2017, among many other highlights and memories Micek will always carry with her.
“There were so many” memories, said Micek, who has an Equi-Stat record of $37,183.
Nic was humanely euthanized on Feb. 13 at age 17 after veterinarians discovered cancerous tumors in his gut during a surgical procedure. Nic had been getting ready for the NRCHA Celebration of Champions when a colicky condition arose and didn’t improve with conventional treatment.
“There wasn’t much they could do for him,” she said.
“He was my one in a million,” Micek said. “He was really special going down the fence, but you could just get on him and piddle around all day, if you wanted to, or you could rope on him. He was my one in a million.”
Over his career, Nic was a winner of more than $60,900, according to Equi-Stat. He was by Nic It In The Bud and out of Smart Chic Olena mare Desire A Chic, and he was bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Alabama, in 2003.
In 2019, he won more than $2,000 with Lori Wyman, Micek’s mother, aboard. That horse-and-rider team were preparing for the Celebration of Champions when Nic’s symptoms began manifesting in a terminable diagnosis.
“From the time I first rode him in the show pen, he was a winner,” Micek said. “My very first ‘big’ show was the Reno Snaffle Bit in 2015. That’s where we started our winning on the national level. I think I went in with like $1,200 won on him and we swept all three divisions [novice, intermediate, and non-pro bridle]. We won a saddle, three buckles, and $7,000 at that show.
“That’s when I knew we were going to be competitive on the national level. If I could stay out of Nic’s way and not make any mental mistakes, we were going to place pretty high just because he had such a cool look going down the fence.”
In 2016, a year after winning Reserve, Nic and Micek won an American Quarter Horse Association World championship, “one of my absolute dreams,” Micek said. In their final appearance at the NRCHA world show, in 2018, they left Fort Worth as Non-Pro Bridle World champs.
Nic the World champ also had a world championship appetite.
“He would never walk by an open bag of grain in the aisle of the stall barn,” Micek said. “I’d have to give him a handful of grain and he would finally walk again.”
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