Chics Smart Lena
Details: 2010 AQHA stallion by Smart Chic Olena and out of Hixie Chic, by Docs Hickory. Barn name: Smarty. Owned by: Wayne and Denise Naplin of Deer Park, Washington. Jason Gay of Caldwell, Idaho. Special start: Smarty was the Naplins’ first- ever show horse. “We weren’t looking for a show horse, but ended up getting Smarty from Babcock Ranch as a weanling,” Denise shares. After a year of hanging out in the pasture, the Naplins realized Smarty was talented enough to become a competitive show horse. Class clown: “Smarty is a real character. Everyone who handles him says he’s a clown,” Wayne shares. “When he was a baby, I’d go into the pasture and he’d come running at me, do a sliding stop, then hang his head on top of me. He was a really friendly colt.” Great trainers: “We wanted him started by the best, so we contacted Al Dunning to see if he had room for Smarty,” says Denise. “Al said he’d keep a spot for Smarty because of his breeding, and when he turned 2, we sent him to Al’s.” Since then, Smarty has been shown by several top Arizona trainers including Jade Keller, Shadd Parkinson, and Brad Barkemeyer. He then headed north where he’s currently ridden by Jason Gay. Sliding to a stop: While Smarty went on to be a finalist at the 2013 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, his sliding stop was a problem at first. He stops so well, he slid past the cow during his reined cow horse debut. Future plans: Smarty is just beginning his breeding career, but his show career might be winding down. The Naplins are deciding between retiring Smarty from competition or Wayne competing in the non- pro division with the horse.
… Nichole Chirico