The handsome palomino stallion, sired by the incredible Smart Chic Olena out of Ebony Shines, has been a standout since his arrival at Shawn’s Springfield, OH training facility in the late summer of 2010.
In their first outing together at the 2010 Carolina Fall Classic, Flarida rode Shine Chic Shine, owned by Amabile & Strusiner, to a big score of 151.5 to win the Open Futurity. Just a few weeks later the duo won the first go round of the NRHA Open futurity and placed second in the second go. They headed to the finals with the highest composite score, but suffered some bobbles in the finals that kept them from the top spot.
“I always knew he was a good horse, but I was disappointed that we didn’t finish better at the futurity. I was determined to show everyone how good he really was and my first opportunity was the 2011 NRBC.” As the last draw of the Open NRBC finals, Shine Chic Shine tied for the lead with a 229.5. With just a short recovery period, Shine Chic Shine returned to the arena a posted a 231 to win the $75,000 first prize pay check. “The heart and courage this horse demonstrated tonight was incredible. I always knew it was there and I’m glad we got to show it everyone else tonight”, Shawn said after the run off for the win. Shine finished off his 2011 show season with a three way tie for the NRHA Derby Open reserve championship.
Shine Chic Shine came back to the NRBC in 2012 and finished fifth marking an impressive 229.5, but he had to try harder than most! “This horse never ceases to amaze me,” Flarida said. “Some where after our first stop and back up in the finals pattern, Shine lost his right hind slide plate. I didn’t know what was wrong when we went to stop, because he didn’t feel right and I was very concerned that he had hurt himself. I couldn’t believe how hard he tried!!! I was relieved when I found out it was a missing a slide plate, but disappointed that it hurt his performance in the finals. Once again, Shine proved that he is 100% heart!”
AQHA Genetic Test: 5 Panel N/N
– NRHA SIRE & DAM
– NRHA GERMANY SSP PROGRAM
– IRHBA (Italian Breeders)