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Shawn Flarida Rides His Way to Adequan/USEF National Reining Championship
National Reining Champion Shawn Flarida and Shiners Chick (Waltenberry)
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September 4, 2012
From the USEF Communication Department
Tulsa, Ok - The 2012 Adequan/USEF National Reining Championship lived up to
its billing on August 31 as six of the top riders in the nation went
head-to-head for the title of 2012 Reining National Champion.
The class, held at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic, had some of the top
names in the sport with two of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
Team Gold medalists competing. In the end, one of those riders would take
home the National Championship title as Shawn Flarida (Springfield, Ohio)
and Rosanne Sternberg's Shiners Chic scored 223 for the victory.
"Shiners Chic is a full Brother to Shine Chic Shine," Flarida
said. "Roseanne Sternberg asked me to compete the horse, and I was honored."
Pete Kyle (Whitesboro,Texas) and Tamra Kyle's A Ruf Gal were only two points
behind Flarida with a 221 to take the Reserve title. Kyle also won the Don
Burt Award as the top finishing restricted rider. Their second place finish
is even more impressive for A Ruf Gal as she won the Young Rider Individual
Reining Gold Medal at last month's North American Junior & Young Rider's
Championships with Kyle's son Reed.
Showing just how close this class was, third place was a tie between two
riders who scored only one point less than Kyle with a 220. Jarvis
W. Anderson (Crossroads, Texas) was on the Other King Ranch-owned Pretty
Peppy Check while Michael D. McEntire (Selma, North Carolina) rode Gun Smoke
Dennis, owned by Julia Kraetschmar, to the tie.
Brad Ettleman, the organizer of the show, was thrilled with the turnout in
the Championship class.
"On behalf of the entire organizing committee, we are thrilled with the high
level of competition at the FEI Tulsa Reining Cup and the Adequan/USEF
National Open Reining Championship. We are proud of the competition and the
high standard that each rider brought to the championships."
Results and other information about the 2012 Adequan/USEF National Reining
Championship and the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic can be found at
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for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
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