2011 News

Carolina Fall Classic

Big Shiner

October 29, 2011 – Shawn took two colts that he had never shown before to the Carolina Fall Classic futurity, Willaimston, NC, to see where they would fit into his Oklahoma City show string. He couldn’t have been more happy with the way both colts showed and is looking forward to showing them again. He marked a 147.5 on Big Shiner to win the Open Level 4 futurity and placed third on Blue Collar Tag. Based on their performance it looks like we will get to see Shawn show these two talented horses again in December.

2011 Congress

October 12, 2011 – Another Congress has come to a close. Shawn rode Shez Dun Steppin and Smart Merada Rey to matching scores of 223.5 and earned the co-reserve championship in the Congress Open Futurity Level 4. Rick Clark rode Wallawalla Bangbang to the Congress Non Pro Level 4 & Level 3 futurity reserve championship with a score 216.5. Kim Crupper and Karen Shedlauskas were also Non Pro Futurity finalists.

Quistador, owned by Gus & Gaynia Revenberg, took Shawn to the Congress $3000 Open class with a score of 230. Ann Admonius rode Wimpys Tonnob to win the $3000 Non Pro & $1000 Intermediate Non Pro class with a score of 218.

The Tradition Futurity

Smart Merada Rey

September 10, 2011 – Smart Merada Rey, owned by Gaynia Revenberg, was a winner at the Kentucky Horse Park again. This time he marked a 226 to win the $7500 Open Level 4 futurity. Shawn was second on another Revenberg entry, Splashin In The Wave. Karen Shedlauskas won the Non Pro futurity Level 3 on Hesa Genuine Friend. Kim Crupper and Heza Little Twisted were second in the Level 3. Allen Crupper rode Prize Chex to win the Non Pro futurity Level 1 & 2.

DRHA Dorminy Plantation Futurity

Rowdys Pistol

August 13, 2011 – Shawn headed south to Perry, GA for the DRHA Dorminy Plantation Futurity with two more futurity prospects. He has been on the road the last three weekends in an effort to sort through his string of futurity prospects. This weekend found him in the winners circle again. This time he was aboard Jeff Stern’s Rowdys Pistol, a fancy gelding by Custom Pistol.

NCRHA Futurity

Shez Dun Steppin, NRCHA Open Futurity Champion

August 6, 2011 – The truck and trailer barely stopped moving after the Kentucky event before Shawn loaded up again and headed north to the NCRHA Futurity, St. Paul, MN to test drive three more futurity prospects. He couldn’t have been more excited to win the event on Shez Dun Steppin, owned by Clark-Wolfe Reining Horses, with a score of 224.5.

Her mother, Sheza Dun Dry, is a favorite show horse of Shawn’s. He won the Congress Novice Horse Open class and many other major event classes on this great mare. Sheza also produced another great winner for Shawn, BR Sheza Cameo Jac, who was the Congress Open Futurity reserve champion. This fancy filly was born, raised and trained at Shawn Flarida Reiners.

Clayton Woosley HOF Reining

July 31, 2011 – ith almost no relief from the heat in the month of July, no one was surprised when the temperature remainder over 100 degrees in Kentucky the last week of July. Shawn took a full load of futurity and derby horses to the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY for the event named in honor of a few Hall of Famer, Clayton Woosley. Although the show ran almost day and night, it was a good show for Team Green. This was the first trip to the show pen for some of his three year olds and he had a little unfinished business with Quistador.

Smart Merada Rey

Wimpy Bar The Door

Shawn won the $3000 Open Futurity aboard Smart Merada Rey, owned by Gus and Gaynia Revenberg, with a score of 222.5. His assistant, Keith Ceddia, rode Wimpy Bar The Door owned by the Barren Ranch, to the co-championship of the Open Levels 1, 2 & 3 futurity with a score of 220. Kim Crupper rode her own Chics Love Chrome to win the Non Pro Level 3 futurity, while her husband, Allen, rode Prize Chex to win the Non Pro Level 1 & 2 divisions.


Quistador finally found his day in the sun when he and Shawn marked a 231 to win the Level 4 Open Derby. Ann Admonius rode Wimpys Tonnob to earn paychecks in all four Non Pro derby divisions as well as picking up the Prime Time reserve championship. Vincienzo Santos rode Hollywood Mojo, owned by John and Kristy Milchick, to the Open Level 2 7 & Up reserve championship. They also earned paychecks in Level 3 & Level 4.

NRHA Derby

Quistador and Shawn almost part ways in the Derby finals.

July 2, 2011 – It sure was hot in Oklahoma City for the NRHA Derby, but it didn’t seem to bother our team. Shawn rode Shine Chic Shine and Whizkey N Diamonds to a three way tie for the Open division co-reserve championship. Both horses marked a 226.5 for the reserve championship. Quistador tied to win the first go round with an impressive 229, but had an interesting bobble in the finals that resulted in a score of zero. No one was more disappointed than Shawn, but he is confident Quistador’s time to shine will come soon. Rick Clark, riding Wimps Chocolate Chip, earned a finals berth in the Non Pro Level 4 and Level 3 finals.

With everyone trying to fight the heat Shawn & Michele thought they would try to cool things down on Thursday afternoon with an old fashioned ice cream social. Michele was dipping and all the fixin’s were laid out to sample. It was a great break form the heat and we didn’t have to worry about the ice cream melting in that 100 degree – it was getting goobled up too fast!

Hall of Fame presentation

Thursday evening everyone traveled to the National Western Heritage Museum & Cowboy Hall of Fame for the 2011 NRHA Awards Banquet. Shawn was honored as the 2010 Leading Open rider before he was inducted into NRHA’s Hall of Fame. He joined his brother Mike and many people and horses that have changed the face of reining. He was introduced by his wife of 20 years, Michele, and his oldest son, 16 year old Cody. Shawn’s parents, Bill and Betty, as well as two of his three brothers, Mike and Mark, joined him and his family of Michele, Cody, Courtney and Sam to celebrate this impressive milestone.

NRHA's leading Sire & Dam - Bill & Betty Flarida

In addition to his Hall of Fame induction, Shawn remains NRHA’s leading rider and the only $3 Million & $4 Million Dollar rider in NRHA history. Of course, for a guy known for his work ethic, it was back to business as soon as the banquet was over. He had Non Pro finalists and three Open finalists to get ready in the next two days. He was back in the barn just a few hours after the party.

Carolina Classic Derby

May 15, 2011 – Team Green headed to the Carolina Classic without their fearless leader, but things went very well in his absence. Able Flarida assistant, Chenzo Santos, took four non pro clients to the show and all four of them made the finals. Jeff Kirkbride rode KR Smart Lil Devil to the Carolina Classic & ABI Intermediate Non Pro reserve championship as well as placing third in the Classic & ABI finals. Jeff Stern qualified for all three finals aboard Sugars Lil Whiz, Rick Clark qualified for the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro finals in both events and Ann Admonius rode Wimpys Tonnob to all three finals as well.

Great job Team Green!

Kentucky Cup Reining

April 2011 -Shawn was excited to be a part of the inagural Kentucky Cup Reining which was held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park along with the Rolex Three Day Event. He and his old buddy, KR Lil Conquistador, marked a 226.5 to win the Individual Championship that ran concurrently with the Team competition.

They were also a part of the team sponsored by Ariat that included Lyle Lovett riding Smart N Shiney and Lisa Coulter riding Western Whiz. As a team they finished in fourth.


April 2011 – Shine Chic Shine had to prove that he was the winner twice at the NRBC. As the last draw of the open finals, the handsome palomino stallion marked at 229.5 to tie Whiz It A Chic and Todd Sommers for the lead. With only a brief recovery period, Shine Chic Shine returned to the arena to post an even better score of 231. “I always knew he was a good horse, but the heart and courage he showed tonight was incredible. I’m so glad that everyone got a chance to see just how good of a horse he is.” Shawn rode Whizkey N Diamonds to a big score of 228.5 which earned them a fourth place finish. Quistador was Shawn’s third finalist, but an unfortunate slip in his turn around resulted in a score of zero. Shawn earned over $119,000 at the 2011 NRBC.

Jeff Kirkbride rode KR Lil Conquistador to the reserve championship in the very first $25,000 NRBC Non Pro Classic Challenge and $10,000 Intermediate Non Pro Classic Challenge. They also placed second in the concurrently run $5000 Non Pro class. Jeff and KR earned an impressive $7386.27 and together with Shawn’s earnings aboard KR is the $20,000 Open Challenge and concurrently run classes, KR Lil Conquistador earned $8670.22 at the NRBC.

Ann Admonius rode Wimpys Tonnob to place fourth in the Non Pro Level 2, third in the Level 1 and fourth in the Prime Time finals. Rick Clark rode Wimps Chocolate Chip to a finals berth in the Level 4 and Level 3 finals.

Bluegrass Reining Stakes

March, 2011 -The 2011 show got off to a great start at the Bluegrass Reining Stakes, Gordyville, USA. Shawn couldn’t have been more please with Whizkey N Diamonds, AKA Foster, a horse he had a lot of success with as a three year old in 2009. “I asked Clinton (Anderson), for him back several times last year,” Shawn said. “And Clinton told me each time that the horse was too busy with clinic and TVcommitments.” Foster returned to Shawn’s in December 2010 and was just recently sold to Rhodes River Ranch/CDR Farms.

“He is so much fun to show,” Shawn said about the gorgeous buckskin stallion. “I couldn’t have asked him to be any better here.” Marking a 227.5 Shawn and Foster topped the Wimpys Little Step Derby and the Gordyville Breeders Cup. This was the fifth consecutive time that Shawn has won these events and only the second year that they have been run concurrently.

Flarida also placed fourth on Equine Plus’s Its All About Spark with a score of 222.5. This horse is new to Shawn’s show string but he was very happy with the way he showed. Watch for this stallion at the major events this year. The next stop for Shawn Flarida Reiners will be the NRBC.