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☛ Shiney Outlaw breaks records at AQHA World Show 11-15 -17




By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 15, 2017

Shiney Outlaw, ridden by Sarah Dawson and owned by Michelle Cannon, broke previous AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse Scores at AQHA World Show.
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A beautiful 5-year-old buckskin stallion named Shiney Outlaw was the talk of the AQHA World Show, when ridden by Sarah Dawson, Aubrey, Texas, at the AQHA Junior Working Cow Horse Finals, outscoring a field of 16 top working cow horses out of 44 entries vying for a $30,921.45 total purse. The pair scored a whopping 455, 5 1/2 points higher than the previous all-time score of 449.5.  The total score included a 225 in the reined work and a 230 in down-the-fence.

Owned and bred by Michelle Cannon of Cannon Quarter Horses, Waxahachie, Texas, the score was 11 1/2 points higher than the second-place horse, Bet Lucky 13, ridden by Todd Crawford, Blanchard, Okla., and owned by Robert & Allysn Light, Oxford, N.C., who scored a total of 433.5 points. Third place went to Dual N Tomcat, owned by McKenna Paige Ivey, Hamilton, Ohio, and ridden by Wade Meador, Marietta, Okla. Dual N Tomcat and Ivey were also named Level 2 Champions.

Reserve in the Level 2 went to Scootin Jule Lee, owned and shown by Kaleigh Christina King, Overbrook, Okla., while third went to Maliblu Barbie, owned by K&L Phillips LLC, Corona, Del Mar, Calif.

Shiney Outlaw and Sarah had just come off a win at the 2017 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, where they won the Open Hackamore title.  According to the Dawson’s web site, Sarah Dawson is co-owner of Dawson Performance Horses with her husband Chris. She is the daughter of Richard and Cheryl Winters, who put a strong equine training foundation on Sarah. She later went on to work with professionals such as Doug Williamson, Carol Rose, Bill Smith and Sandy Collier. She rode Shinen Smarter to 5th place in the Open at the 2015 NRCHA Futurity, was Reserve Champion in the Intermediate Open and Champion in the Limited Open. Since then, Sarah and Shinen Smarter have made the finals at every Derby this year.

After high school, Chris became an assistant trainer for Todd Crawford. He also learned from Harold Farren and worked for Carol Rose. He had mentors in the reined cow horse industry like Ron Ralls, Don Murphy and Jim Paul.

The Cannons took home a stash of awards, including a custom-designed gold trophy and a Montana Silversmith sterling-silver buckle with 14-karat-gold overlay, both courtesy of Lucas Oil World Show, as well as a specially designed jacket with a world champion patch, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; 100 pounds of Nutrena feed and a neck wreath.

Shiney Outlaw is sired by Shiners Nickel, a buckskin stallion by Shining Spark who was out of Shesa Lota Nic by Reminic. Shiners Nickel was the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Co-Reserve Champion and has earnings of $108,790. However his untimely death at the NRBC was a huge blow to the Cannons as he was due to begin his first breeding season at the ranch so only a  limited number of offspring were sired by him. Shiney

Outlaw’s dam is Mereyda, a daughter of Dual Rey out of Merada Missy by Freckles Merada. Shiney Outlaw was her first offspring, with a full sibling Shemerriedfornickles being born in 2014. Her 2013 foal was Ladiestartyourendgine, a daughter of Hydrive Cat and in 2016 Metallic Missy, a daughter of Metallic Cat was born.

Shiney Outlaw was trained by Zane Davis and as a 3-year-old qualified for the 2015 Snaffle Bit Futurity Finals; however, they had to scratch due to an injury that was sustained during the competition.

Cannon Quarter Horses is owned by Bill and Michelle Cannon and consists of a fabulous array of offspring competing in the cutting, reining and reined cow horse industry – which all consist of like bloodlines.

According to the  Cannon’s web site, their broodmare band consists of some of the best in the industry, including performers with impressive show records, with much of the money won in the cutting pen.  Tootsie Rey, a daughter of Dual Rey out of Hickorys Toodie Lena by Docs Hickory,  has NCHA earnings of over $210,000 and Lil Lena Long Legs (Smart Little Lena x Lil Lucy Long Legs by Dual Pep) has over $190,000 in NCHA earnings. She was the only mare who had two offspring compete and place in the 2014 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Her offspring earnings are now over $450,000. They also own Cat Belue, with one of her first foals being well on his way to $200,000 in NCHA earnings. Another mare, Shady Little Cat’s (by High Brow Cat) first foals have earned over $180,000 in the reined cow horse and cutting pens.

According to Equi-Stat, the Cannons were the No. 1 owners of reined cow horses from 2009-2014. The couple have big plans for their future and their horses, including building  a new facility complete with a covered arena with stalls and breeding and rehab facilities, as well as a ranch home.

The AQHA World Show, held Nov. 2-18, with 4,800 entries from nine countries, including the United States Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom competing for 99 world championships and 90 Adequan® Level 2.championships at this year’s event. You can tune in to the free live webcast, presented by Bank of America, to watch all the action from the Jim Norick and Performance arenas at You’ll also find the best coverage of the show, results and more!

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