by Christine HamiltonThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Shine Smartly carries rider Shawn Hays and his son, Bryce
It’s been a banner year for the talented mare Shine Smartly. She won the first annual Holy Cow $50,000-added Bridle Spectacular, was reserve at the National Stock Horse Association World’s Richest Stockhorse, and won the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Bridle – all with Shawn Hays of Nocona, Texas, aboard.
On November 19, she capped it with a world championship in senior working cow horse at the 2010 AQHA World Championship Show with Shawn in the saddle again.
They rode 12th in the go order.
“She was making me a little nervous when I went in,” Shawn told The American Quarter Horse Journal. “She always gets … kind of wired up before we go in. I knew as long as I could get her to trot into the middle of the arena and get her (lope) departure, she’d be good.
“Once I got her loped off, she just felt like she was right there the whole time. She did her circles good; ran to every one of her stops and really stopped hard for me; got turned around good.”
Shawn said that the real clincher was drawing a good cow. The two earned a 218.5 for the dry work, and a 225 for the cow work for a combined 443.5.
“They don’t call the scores out anymore, which is a good thing, I think,” Shawn added, “because the judges don’t get locked in…trying to stay with each other: They don’t know what (the others) are marking.
“But then we don’t know how hard we have to run out back. But I just knew, if we were going to win first, I might as well just run at it and run hard. So that’s what I did.”
Shine Smartly is owned by Shawn’s wife, Tammy, and her father, Walter Greeman. Walter originally got the mare from AQHA Professional Horseman Don Murphy as a 2-year-old. An injury prevented her from showing at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity as a 3-year-old, but she’s earned top honors since, including taking Tammy to the 2005 amateur working cow horse world championship, and Shawn won reserve on her in the 2007 NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman. The mare has had down time as a broodmare since then. “She’s just been a good little mare,” Shawn said. “(For now,) I’m just going to go home and play around with her and see how she is in the roping and maybe enter the World’s Greatest on her again.”