Shawn Flarida. Photo courtesy  horsecity.com

Shawn Flarida. Photo courtesy horsecity.com

NRHA $6 Million reiner
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Aired September 13, 2019

We are thrilled to share Shawn Flarida’s journey in this,
our 100th episode of Because of Horses Podcast!

Family is the most important thing in his life. Shawn does also very much love his reining horses. Shawn was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2011 & just set a record as the first ever to reach $6 Million in rider earnings. He credits many of his accomplishments to his parents, his wife, his brothers & his children.

At a very young age he knew he was going to be a horse trainer. That was all there was to it. With his dad there to encourage & demand the best from Shawn, he developed a keen understanding of the reining horse mind. He started training horses right out of high school and he never looked back. Weekend after weekend he began his climb to his first $3-4 million in rider earnings all with his family by his side. Along this journey have been some really incredible horses that have made history themselves including:

Wimpys Little Step • Wimpys Little Chic • KR Lil Conquistador

Spooks Gotta Whiz • Smart Spook • And Many More...

Shawn rewrote the record books when he became the first person to reach
the $6 million rider status in Reining. The trainer, from Springfield, Ohio, reached the milestone at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity.

Shawn has made history quite a few times in the Reining Horse Industry with notable wins such as Multiple NRHA Open Futurity titles, NRHA Derby Open titles, and NRBC titles along with several All American Quarter Horse Congress wins. Shawn has also won five gold medals at the World Equestrian Games.

But ask him what matters most in his life? It’s no secret that he loves being a great horseman and great husband and father. 

Shawn Flarida riding Wimpys Little Step. Photo by  John Brasseaux Photography

Shawn Flarida riding Wimpys Little Step. Photo by John Brasseaux Photography