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CJ Shopbell Pilots Shes Playin Rey to Open Bridle Championship
Shes Playin Rey and CJ Shopbell made it two for two in the Open Bridle at NRCHA Premier Events in Fort Worth when they marked a 238 to win that class and $6,440 the Snaffle Bit Futurity. Back in February, the pair had won the same class at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions.
"This is exciting. She felt pretty with me. She'd been at home (at the owner's Gregg Lafitte's place since the NRCHA Celebration of Champions) so I didn't know what she'd be like," Shopbell said. "We ended up entering her late a couple of days before the prelims and decided to try it and it worked out."
During her reining run in the finals, the mare showed off her powerful stop.
"She stopped huge," Shopbell said. "She felt really good in her circles and was with me."
Shopbell knew he needed a big score down the fence get the win and didn't hesitate to let Shes Playin Rey (TR Dual Rey x Playin Acre x Playin Stylish) go.
"I felt like I got past the center on her the first turn. She stepped by it and was a little bit long feeling but when I picked up on her, she gathered herself back up and came through there and then went and gathered that cow up and we swapped sides after the left turn and circled up," recalled Shopbell. "I didn't know if we were going to get there on the second set of circles by golly, she got me there. In the fence work, I'm most proud of her circling. She is always been a great circler, you can throw the reins to her and go to spurring and she's going to get you there."
Randy Paul rode Lenaliltothewright (Leas Wright On x Shining Survivor x Shining Spark) to a score of 437.5 for owner Linda Katz to be the reserve champion. They earned $5,152.