Oklahoma City, OK – December 16, 2010 – Just two short years ago, Shawn Flarida became the National Reining Horse Association’s first Three Million Dollar Rider with earnings accumulated at the 2008 NRHA Futurity. History repeated itself when the gates closed on the 2010 NRHA Futurity and the results were announced. With rides in the finals aboard Quistador (owned by Augustine and Gaynia Revenberg) and Shine Chic Shine (owned by Amabile & Strusiner), plus a tie for third in the $100,000 added NRHA World Championship Shootout on Wimpys Little Chic (owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA), Flarida scooped up more than $100,000 to become NRHA’s first Four Million Dollar Rider. Flarida’s official NRHA earnings are $4,023,885.
Flarida, of Springfield, OH, became the second rider in history to break the $2 million mark in 2006 at the FEI World Reining Masters in Denver, CO. Bill Horn was the first rider to earn in excess of $1 million. Tim McQuay, Craig Schmersal and Andrea Fappani are the only other riders to cross the $2 million earnings level. Only thirteen other riders have crossed the $1 million earnings plateau in addition to Flarida.
St. Louis, MO (November 17, 2010) – Arenus, a premier provider of innovative health and nutritional products for pets and horses, is pleased to announce that World Equestrian Games Gold Medalist Shawn Flarida has joined their team as an Arenus Ambassador. Flarida, the National Reining Horse Association’s Three Million Dollar Winner, helped the U.S. Reining Team clinch the Team Gold Medal at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.
Flarida competed with RC Fancy Step, owned by the Plummer Family of SDP Buffalo Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas, during the World Equestrian Games. “Shawn has been a longtime supporter of Arenus products and we are proud to say that his World Equestrian Games partner, RC Fancy Step, has used STEADFAST Equine, a joint health supplement from Arenus, for the past two years,” said Arenus Equine Sales Specialist & Nutritionist Brady Karren. “RC Fancy Step is an amazing horse and he and Shawn anchored the U.S. Reining Team to win the Team Gold Medal at the World Equestrian Games.”
Union City, Calif. May 5, 2010 – Ariat International, the leading manufacturer of innovative performance equestrian footwear, apparel and belts, is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Shawn Flarida, world-renowned reiner and Western horseman.
“We are thrilled to have Shawn join forces with Ariat,” said Susan Alcala, Ariat’s vice president of marketing. “He is the consummate athlete, known for his passion and commitment to his sport, which complements our brand values perfectly.”
Flarida is the National Reining Horse Association’s all-time leading money earner, and the first ever Three Million Dollar Rider. He has five NRHA Open Futurity championships to his name and has won the All-American Quarter Horse Congress eight times. Yet despite this impressive resume, Flarida is known throughout the industry for his humility and unmatched work ethic.
St. Louis, MO (September 10, 2010) – Shawn Flarida, the National Reining Horse Association’s Three Million Dollar Winner, is headed to the World Equestrian Games on RC Fancy Step as part of the US Reining Team. Flarida and RC Fancy Step, owned by the Plummer Family of SDP Buffalo Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas, clinched a spot on the WEG Reining Dream Team after winning a gold medal at the Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In addition to hard work and talent, Flarida believes there is a third component to RC Fancy Step’s winning abilities — STEADFAST EQUINE, a joint health product specifically designed for horses with a high-demand lifestyle which supports total structural joint integrity. STEADFAST EQUINE is sold by Arenus, a premier provider of innovative health and nutritional products for pets and horses, featuring the ASSURE, STEADFAST, EQUILITE, ALEIRA, RELEIRA and SORE NO-MORE product families.