I just heard through the grapevine that Smart Chic Olena passed away yesterday. I didn't think he was quite that old (1985) I imagine that Quarter Horse News or some other outlet will pick up the story soon and be able to provide more details.
I remember reading about all of his cutting, reining and other cow-horses successes in magazines when I was a kid and so wanting to get into the sport. I also remember drooling over his breyer.
Seems like we have lost quite a few legends in the last year or so.