Carol Rose’s homebred Reys A Shine (Dual Rey x Lil Miss Shiney Chex x Shining Spark) won the Open Novice Horse with Chris Dawson aboard. Reys A Shine and Dawson had a composite score of 659.5 (214.5 herd/219 rein/226 cow) and picked up a check for $3,188 while also qualifying for the Open finals.

“We’re just kind of getting him figured out,” Dawson said. “It’s the first time that we’ve taken him to the horse show and he’s the horse that we have at home.”

Dawson laughed as he added, “He’s got the training of a 3-year-old right now,” as the horse had a year off from training.

“He’s just a phenomenal show horse – he’s like his mama,” said Dawson, who also trained Lil Miss Shiney Chex.

Dawson had a game plan during the cow work, but his cow had other ideas.

“I wasn’t really ready to go – I was going to drive him back and forth across there a little bit,” Dawson said. “I was sitting decent on him so I didn’t feel like I needed to be real big, but that cow didn’t really give me an option. The cow said he was going to to go so we went on with him and my horse was really good – perfect.”

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