Athletic palomino horses are nothing new to the reined cow horse winner’s circle, but Shiney Sushi had yet to step into the champion’s spotlight. She finally got her due, winning the Open Bridle class at the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Celebration of Champions in San Angelo, Texas, on February 4.
The 2005 daughter of Shining Spark had shown and finished respectably during her career. In 2009 she was NRCHA Open Stakes Reserve Champion, and in 2009 and 2010 captured the Circle Y Open Derby Rein Work reserve championship. Yet a championship eluded her and an injury in 2009 sidelined her.
More mature and ready to show in 2011, Shiney Sushi took command in her Open Bridle run, scoring a 436.
“We decided if she won first, we would retire her,” Rose said. “We went out on top, and that’s the best way [to go].”
The mare is retired from the show pen, and brings her show record and impeccable pedigree to Rose’s breeding program. Out of Docs Sulena, a 1988 daughter of Doc O’ Lena, Shiney Sushi is a full sister to Rose’s champion stallions A Shiner Named Sioux and Shiners Lena Doc. But, pedigree alone didn’t win her a spot in the broodmare barn.
“The four things I look for in a broodmare are fist, conformation, second, mind, third, athletic ability and fourth, pedigree. If they don’t stay sound and have a good mind you can’t train them. You can find those good horses and then you look at the pedigree and say, ‘Can I stand it or not?’ I think Sushi is going to be a great broodmare.”
Western Horseman’s exclusive video details the mare’s accomplishments in the show arena and Rose talks about her hopes for the offspring. Shiney Sushi’s offspring include a 2-year-old by CD Lights, a mare named Bossie, and a yearling colt, also by CD Lights, named Sushi Boss.
To get the story behind this champion mare from Carol Rose and Jay McLaughlin click on the video below.
See Shiney Sushi and Jay McLaughlin's full run HERE.