Journal on the Road

More Champions Crowned – NRCHA Celebration of Champions

February 5, 2012

Shiney Sushi and Jay McLaughlin have their last ride to a title.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Shiney Sushi and Jay McLaughlin circle their cow.

Shiney Sushi and Jay McLaughlin circle their cow February 4 at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. (Journal photo) To see more photos, scroll to the slide show below.

Shiney Sushi has retired.

The 2005 palomino mare collected the open bridle title February 5 for owner and breeder Carol Rose at the National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions in San Angelo, Texas.

After a cow horse career that has seen her garner $26,349 in NRCHA earnings and $5,379 at the AQHA World Championship Show, the mare finally got the title Carol thought she deserved.

“She’s so talented,” rider Jay McLaughlin said. “She’s freaky talented. You say the word, and she drags it, and she turns fast and she can run and get on her tail and get around. She’s very easy that way. She just always draws bad. Hopefully, her babies won’t do that. We’re riding a 2-year-old CD Lights (filly) out of her right now that’s phenomenal, so we’re excited about it.”

Shiney Sushi is by Shining Spark and out of Docs Sulena by Doc O’Lena. It’s the same cross that has produced stallions A Shiner Named Sioux and Shiners Lena Doc for Carol.

At the NRCHA finals, her last ride with Jay, “Sushi” worked sixth in the draw of the open bridle, a marquee event of the week.

“She was really good in the reined work,” Jay said, “and the cow that came out was hard to read. Kinda bounced off gate to gate, and when we went down the fence, it kinda shut down on us, left us for a second, but she’s good enough she jumped back into it. She took hold of it again, and it was fast and furious, two times in the middle.”

They marked a 436, three points ahead of second-place finisher Heza Diamond Spark, a 2005 palomino stallion by Diamond J Star and out of Sheza Shinette by Shining Spark. Heza Diamond Spark is owned by Michael Garver of Great Falls, Montana, and was shown by Justin Warneke. The stallion was bred by Holy Cow Performance Horses of Santa Ynez, California.

Sushi will become a broodmare for Carol.

“We just decided it was time,” Carol said. “She has a 2-year-old filly and a yearling. She’s going to have two babies this year, and we’re going to retire her.”

Other February 4 Finals
Non-Pro Bridle
– Murray Thompson of Atwater, California, and Smart Time Tuck
Non-Pro Hackamore – Karey Franz of Steelville, Missouri, and Nics Long Pants
Open Hackamore – Tuckers Smart Cat, owned by David and Barbara Archer, and ridden by Lyn Anderson of Madera, California

For more Journal photos from the Celebration of Champions, see the slide show below. Click on each photo to read about it.

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