Junior Rider Team Earns FEI Silver Medal

August 11, 2017 -Grivens, Switzlerland – Team USA Junior Rider Team earned the Team Silver medal today and the FEI Junior & Young Rider World Championships. The team was composed of Sam Flarida, Emilia Ruetimann and Emma Lane. All three riders had smooth rides and handled the world stage pressure with incredible grace and ability. Sam was riding Footwork Revolution, Emilia was aboard Black Hails Gold and Emma was riding Gunner Gump. All three riders qualified for the Individual competition tomorrow and will be riding for Individual medals. Congratulations Team USA and good luck tomorrow!

Silver Medal Team USA

Sam Flarida Earns Team USA Berth

July 10, 2017 – Sam Flarida and Footwork Revolution have been named to the Platinum Performance Team USA Junior Rider Team which will be vying for the World Championship in Switzerland early in the month of August. Sam rode two horses in a Team Qualifier during the CNYRHA Ride N Slide show in early June. He won the qualifier aboard Katsy Leeman’s Footwork Revolution, which earned him a spot on the Junior Rider team.

Sam Flarida & Footwork Revolution

Having just turned 14, Sam is one of the youngest riders on the team but also one with a great deal of experience. He is a three time OQHA Quarter Horse Congress Champion, the 2016 AQHYA 13 & Under Reining World Champion, as well as a NRHA Non Pro Futurity finalist. His partner on this adventure is equally decorated. Footwork Revolution has over $100,000 in NRHA earnings in Open and Non Pro competition. Katsy Leeman won the 2015 NRHA Non Pro Derby Level 1 & 2 championship as well as the 2016 AQHA Amateur Reining reserve world championship.

Another rider from Shawn Flarida Reiners also qualified for the Championships. Emilia Ruetimann and Black Hails Gold, owned by her mother Lisa, qualified for the team with her showing at the 2017 NRBC. Emilia and “Hailer” are a new team but have meshed very quickly with wins at the NRBC and NRHA Derby. Black Hails Gold had a very successful career as an Open horse before being purchased by the Ruetimann family. He has NRHA earnings of over $146,000 and placed third in the 2014 NRHA Futurity.

Team Shawn Flarida Reiners

Both teens will be traveling to the CS Ranch, Grivens, Switzerland in early August as members of a seven member Team USA. Stay tuned for updates!


2017 WNY Equifest

If you are looking for a very affordable Shawn Flarida Clinic, then the WNY Equifest has what you are looking for!

WHAT: WNY EQUIFEST 2017 – Sponsored by the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council (WCNYSHC)
DATE: Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 2017
TIME: Doors open at 9:30 am, Opening Ceremony at 10:00 am
WHERE: Showplex Arena, Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, NY
CELEBRATE THE HORSE at WNY EquiFest 2017, Western New York’s premier equine expo and equestrian gathering Saturday, March 18 and Sunday March 19 at the Showplex on the Fairgrounds in Hamburg, New York.

WNY EquiFest is a free, family-friendly equine exposition featuring some of the area’s top clinicians and trainers. Sponsored by the Western Chapter New York State Horse Council, this will be the event’s seventh successful consecutive year, growing bigger and more exciting with the addition of new clinicians and presenters. This year, we have included top horse trainers and more exciting presentations, sure to please every horse lover and enthusiast.

Purina, the Yankee Reining Horse Association and the Western Chapter New York State Horse Council are proud to welcome Shawn Flarida, the National Reining Horse Association’s leading rider, who was inducted into NRHA’s Hall of Fame in June 2011 and to date, the only 5.5 Million Dollar Rider. Shawn will host a demonstration on Saturday, followed by a participant clinic Saturday evening. Auditors are welcome.

We are also thrilled to have for the first time in Western New York, the Golden Pony Express Drill Team from Ohio. Riding Haflinger horses, this exciting precision drill team’s riders range from 11 to 38 and are guaranteed to be real crowd pleasers!

Not-Your-Average Dog and Pony Show, a K9 and horse relay race will delight the audience with exciting teams of agility dogs and horses, each team competing for the best time.

The Last Chance Corral, based in Athens, Ohio, is bringing four foals from its nurse mare foal rescue program. This organization is a 501c (3) non-profit devoted to the rehabilitation, recovery and adoption of orphaned, abandoned and abused foals, ponies and horses.

Returning will be perennial favorites: the Parade of Breeds and Breed Avenue, where you can have a close encounter of the best kind with your favorite equine companion.

For the kids or the “kid at heart”, the Family Fun Corral will engage even the littlest cowpoke with fun and educational projects where they can explore their creativity, making fun art projects or trying their hand at old fashioned cowhand skills.

Another new comer to EquiFest is Breyer, the World’s Finest Model Horses, hosting their Family Fun Day. Young family members can paint their own stablemate and take their creation home! Activity hours are from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday at the Breyer booth.
Brittany Braunbach and her students will thrill the audience once more with their jaw-dropping skills at trick riding. Erie, Niagara and Wyoming County 4-H teams will participate once again with a Horse Bowl competition and equine communication presentations.
Over 100 vendors will offer the equine enthusiast must-have horse products ranging from the newest line of riding wear, saddles, equipment, tractors, trucks, trailers, beautiful hand-crafted horse pottery, purses, fine hand-made chocolates, exotic spices – something for everyone – with both products and information for all attendees.

There will be plenty of refreshments on-site and free-parking. Like us on Facebook at EquiFest WNY. For a full event schedule, visit our website at www.wnyequifest.com. For more information, contact Barbara Moore at wchc411@gmail.com or (716)-912-2100 or Mary at or marymcnall@gmail.com or (585) 322-2696.


Shawn and sam

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