Team USA Junior Riders earn 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!

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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.

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!


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