Articles: Press Release
Flarida, Rome and Haverty Win Qualifiers at the Florida Reining Horse
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Gladstone, New Jersey—March 6, 2002—Shawn Flarida, Charles Rome and Zane
Haverty won USET Reining classes at the Florida Reining Horse Classic, held
March 2-3, in Ocala, FL.
Shawn Flarida, of Wilmington, OH, won the Intervet/USET Reining Championship
Qualifier aboard San Jo Freckles, owned by Michael Harper, with a score of
220.5, winning $2,718.95. Flarida edged out Bryant Pace, on Debra Sloan’s
Gunner, and Tom McCutcheon riding Smartest Chic Olena, owned by Terry Owens.
Pace and McCutcheon tied for second place with a score of 218, each winning
a check for $1,882.35.
Riders in the Intervet/USET Reining Championship Qualifiers are competing
for a spot in the Intervet/USET Reining Championship Semi-Finals, which will
be held May 17 at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby in
Oklahoma City, OK. The top twenty riders in the Semi-Finals will advance to
the $100,000 USET Reining Championship, Presented by Bayer at the 2002
Bayer/USET Festival of Champions, presented by State Line Tack, to be held
June 20-23, in Gladstone, NJ.
The Intervet/USET Reining Championship Qualifiers, Semi-Finals, and the
Championship are all steps in the selection process to determine the United
States reining team for the World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera,
Spain this September.
In the USET Futures Reining Championship Qualifier, held March 2 at the
Florida Reining Horse Classic, Charles Rome, Ocala, FL took the top prize
riding A Grand Prize, owned by Rome & Shirley. Rome and A Grand Prize slid
to win the first prize of $1,292.50 with a score of 215.5, just one-half
point higher than the second place score of 215, turned in by Bonnie
Hippensteel and The Whiz Master, who took home $969.37. The top four riders
in the USET Futures Reining Championship Qualifier earn an invitation to
compete in the USET Futures Reining Championship Final at the Bayer/USET
Festival of Champions.
The USET Young Rider Reining Medal Qualifier saw tough competition, with
only one point separating the top four finishers. Zane Haverty of Krum, TX
rode Chic Out Mamma, owned by Clint Haverty, to win with a score of 141.5.
Suzanne Wilson, on her Catalyst Command, and Matthew Palmer on Guy Palmer’s
Catalynx Chic tied for second, both with a score of 141 points. Brittany
Franks took fourth place on her Mr. Wolf Cash, just 0.5 points behind Wilson
and Palmer. They all earned points towards the USET Young Rider Reining
Medal Championship at the Bayer/USET Festival of Champions.
Earlier in the week, Flarida, a former Bayer/USET Festival of Champions Pro
Am Champion & two time Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Champion, led a
training session for Young Riders and Pace, 2001 USET Reining Champion,
conducted a training session for Futures riders.
“The USET is proud to continue to provide opportunities to help reiners
reach their full potential,” said USET Director of Reining Jeff Fox. “We
look forward to future training sessions as the USET continues to develop
promising reinier for international competition,” he added.
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.