Shiney Outlaw and Jay McLaughlin rode a big fence run to victory in the CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular. • Photo by Primo Morales.

Shiney Outlaw Blazes Down Fence for CD Survivor Memorial Victory

Shiney Outlaw can crush it down the fence, and the buckskin stallion did just that in the CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular.

With trainer Jay McLaughlin aboard, the son of Shiners Nickle won the prestigious bridle event with a 227 cow run on Thursday, June 10, at WestWorld of Scottsdale.

The Texas trainer said he started to feel some déjà vu earlier in the week when the pair marked a 214 in the herd work.

“We didn’t get the cattle cut like we wanted to [in the herd work], so I started off a tick like the World’s Greatest this year,” the Clarendon, Texas, trainer said. During the 2021 DT Horses and Hashtags’ World’s Greatest Horseman, the pair rallied to reserve after a disappointing herd work.

“The rein work, I thought I had him prepared, but he got pretty wound up when the crowd was getting it,” he continued. “He feels it when the crowd is electric! He ended up being really good there. I knew that the cattle were tough here but he has worked tougher cattle. I’ve scored higher, but this is really special to me.”

McLaughlin previously won this title with the great CD Dee Vee Dee. Showing a bridle horse is something the NRCHA Million Dollar Rider aims to do with every horse he trains. 

“Nancy Crawford is very much into the longevity of the horses, and I am and so is my whole crew. We try on every one to make it there [to the bridle] and if they can make it all the way through, that is pretty special,” he said. “I didn’t [train] this one all the way through but he has had some pretty special hands on him, and I am just following in their footsteps.”

Shiney Outlaw and McLaughlin rode to a composite of 661.5 (214 herd/220.5 rein/227 cow), earning breeder and owner Michelle Cannon $11,160 for the win. As the CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Champion, Shiney Outlaw’s connections took home the perpetual trophy for the event, a C.R. Morrison trophy courtesy of the Arizona Quarter Horse Association, a Gist buckle from Holy Cow Performance Horses, a $50 UltraCruz gift card from Santa Cruz Animal Health and a gift certificate from Platinum Performance for product. 

The CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular added another major victory Shiney Outlaw’s resume, which already included an American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship, a title at the World’s Richest Stockhorse competition, and the Open Bridle World Championship at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

There was a tie for the Reserve Champion spot. Justin Wright rode Light And Sassy (CD Lights x Dual Sass x Dual Pep), bred by Winston Hansma and owned by Shelly Franklin, to tie Kelby Phillips and 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Champion Duals Lucky Charm (Dual Smart Rey x TRR Ms Pepcid Olena x Pepcid), bred by Carolyn and Mark Murray and owned by JB6 LLC, both with a 660.5. Both horses earned $8,091.