Articles: Press Release
Shawn Flarida Named USET Athlete of the Month for September 2002
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810,
Gladstone, NJ—September 30, 2002—Shawn Flarida of Springfield, OH, was named
United States Equestrian Team (USET) Athlete of the Month for September
after winning two Gold Medals at the first-ever Reining World Championship
held at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, September 11-22.
Flarida and his mount, San Jo Freckles, owned by Michael Harper,
led the U.S to the team Gold Medal and also took individual first place
honors with a score of 221.5 points. Flarida stood in second place
individually after the qualifying round but proved his skill in the final
round and emerged as the individual World Champion edging out teammate Tom
McCutcheon of Pilot Point, TX, riding Conquistador Whiz, owned by George
Shifrin. Flarida’s win makes him the first-ever reining World Champion.
Flarida was thrilled with his own performance as well as his horse’s
performance in Spain.
“It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Flarida. “I was
really pleased with my horse. It was a lot of fun out there. I have been
riding since I was a little boy, so something like this is really special.”
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.