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Smart Chic Olena Dies

Written by Kelsey Pecsek on .

Smart Chic Olena
The great Smart Chic Olena was euthanized June 24 at the age of 27. His influence on the reining, reined cow horse and cutting industries, however, will keep the 1985 stallion (Smart Little Lena x Gay Sugar Chic x Gay Bar King) a household name.

Smart Chic Olena, who was owned by Bill Richardson, Whitesboro, Texas, and bred by Emily Woodall, Dallas, Texas, earned nearly $130,000 in his own career as a cutting and reining horse – $113,604 in cutting and $15,361 in reining. Among his achievements is a third-place tie at the 1989 National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes, which earned the horse $32,782.

Beyond his own career, Smart Chic Olena sired 896 performers, according to Equi-Stat. Those offspring have amassed $11.9 million in earnings, making the average $13,284 for his get. While the stallion never earned money in reined cow horse events himslef, he has sired many talented individuals in the sport.

The stallion’s No. 1 reined cow horse performer is Chics Magic Potion, a 2000 stallion (Remedys Magic Potion x Remedys Reply), bred by Kim Muehlstaetter, Scottsdale, Ariz., who has garnered $314,721 in the show pen – $280,150 in cow horse and $34,571 in reining. His No. 1 performer among all disciplines is Smart Spook (Sugarplum Spook x Grays Starlight), a 2001 stallion, owned and bred by Rosanne Sternberg, Aubrey, Texas, who boasts a reining record of $405,650. His No. 1 daughter is 2003 mare Smart Crackin Chic (Kwackin x Dual Pep), bred by David Nogle, Palatine, Ill., with $215,500 on her Equi-Stat reined cow horse record.

In total, Smart Chic Olena has produced one foal that has earned in excess of $400,000, four that exceed $300,000, six with more than $200,000 and an impressive 21 foals that have garnered at least $100,000 each. The mark he’s made will not soon be forgotten.

According to Richardson, Smart Chic Olena’s final months were spent grazing in his pasture with his favorite mare, Brooksinic.