Chics Smart Lena

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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

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