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James Flies To Win At World Championship Freestyle Reining At Kentucky Reining Cup

danjamesDan James and Smart Little ElanIt was a night full of costumes and music, but a remarkable performance by Australian Dan James and Smart Little Elan put him at the top of the podium with a score of 227 at the World Freestyle Championship at the Kentucky Reining Cup. Drake Johnson, aboard Sonic Chic Dream, and Rocky Dare, aboard Bruce and Sue Kuryloski's Squeaky Clean Genes, tied with a score of 226 for the silver medal.

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Flarida Reigns Again In Kentucky Reining Cup CRI

spooksgottawhizSpooks Gotta Whiz and Shawn Flarida • Shawn Flarida & Spooks Gotta Whiz (Alleyn Evans for Shannon Brinkman/USEF photo)Shawn Flarida is no stranger to winning the Kentucky Reining Cup, having won here the last three years, and this year he took the top spot again, by scoring 452.5 aboard Michell Kimball's Spooks Gotta Whiz.

Mandy McCutcheon was a close second (449) aboard father Tim McQuay's Yellow Jersey, and third was Jordan Larson (448) with Heritage Farm's HF Mobster. This competition also served as the selection trial for the squad for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, in August.

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Flarida Wins Florida Classic

shawnflarida0314Shawn Flarida was all smiles after winning the Florida Derby Open on Yankee Gun..On the evening of March 1, Yankee Gun (Rowdy Yankee x Snow Gun x Gunner), ridden by Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Shawn Flarida for Arcese Quarter Horses USA, of Weatherford, Texas, scored a 234 to win the $20,000-added FRHA Florida Classic Derby Open.

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Mills Wins Sun Circuit Open CRI

MillsMatt Mills riding Mia Little Whiz • Photo by Jeff KirkbrideSanctioned by the International Equestrian Federation, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and USA Reining, the Sun Circuit FEI Concours de Reining International (CRI3***) offers a valuable and vital qualifying opportunity for U.S. riders to advance to the Official Team Selection Trial. Matt Mills, of Scottsdale, Ariz., took the gold medal aboard Janice Dickson’s Mia Little Whiz (Easy Otie Whiz x HR Kaylas Lil Lena x Little Lenas Legend) with an outstanding score of 149, showing to plus-one maneuver scores throughout the pattern and commanding the attention of the ground jury.

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Cactus Reining Classic Adds AQHA Ranch Pleasure Classes

cactusIn response to the growing popularity of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Ranch Pleasure classes, the Cactus Reining Classic announced the addition of both the AQHA Amateur Ranch Pleasure and AQHA Youth Ranch Pleasure classes to the 2014 schedule at the upcoming event held at WestWorld of Scottsdale March 5-9.

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Newest Adequan NAAC Champions Crowned

TheWhizWay SArcherThe Whiz Way & Stephen Archer • Photo by WaltenberryThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) hosts the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) each year during the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. The championships are for NRHA members and horses that have qualified through their respective Regional Affiliate Finals. Each finals sends its eight highest-placing riders, plus ties, to the Adequan NAAC to compete for North American bragging rights.