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Whizkey N Diamonds is an NRHA Million Dollar Sire after only seven breeding seasons. Photo by John O'Hara

Yes, Sire! Whizkey N Diamonds Reaches Million Dollar Rank

Whizkey N Diamonds, owned by Rhodes River Ranch, is the National Reining Horse Association’s newest Million Dollar Sire. The elite status was achieved after only seven breeding seasons and a first foal crop not reaching competition age until 2016. Whizkey N Diamonds, bred by Cristin Schuetz, is by the all-time leading sire of NRHA money […]

Luckie Moonstone and Flarida Slide to Florida Reining Classic Championship

The Florida Reining Classic, held Feb. 22-25 at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center in Jacksonville, Florida, beckoned limited-age and ancillary riders alike to its warmer climate. Both types of exhibitors competed together during the Open and Non-Pro derbies, allowing the horses to make fewer trips through the show pen and the competitors to run for more […]
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Flarida Reaches New Heights

Shawn Flarida rewrote the record books when he became the first person to reach $6 million rider status in reining. The trainer, from Springfield, Ohio, reached the milestone at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity.
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Face The Attitude and Schmersal Crowned NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champions

The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show saw the highest scores of the week as the biggest stars shined in the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open finals on Saturday night in front of a full house. The Futurity Open also witnessed a new champion crowned: Craig Schmersal. […]
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Shane Brown Wins Kentucky Reining Cup Freestyle Again

ShaneBrownFreestyleFor the second time in three years, Shane Brown won the World Championship Freestyle Reining tonight at the Kentucky Horse Park. He rode Shepherd Star to the title, receiving 228 points from the three judges.

Brown’s score put him just 1 point ahead of three riders who tied for second with a score of 227—Aaron Ralston on Blue Taris Glo, Drake Johnson on Sonic Chic Dream, and Pete Kyle on A Ruf Gal.

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Equi-Stat Reining Open Rider Award Winner Shawn Flarida

SpooksGottaWhiz SFlaridaSpooks Gotta Whiz and Shawn Flarida – photo by WaltenberryWhen I was in seventh grade, I thought winning $100,000 would be a really neat thing,” Shawn Flarida said when asked about his earliest ambitions.

As an Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Reining Rider, it’s clear Flarida’s grade-school wish has come true many times over. And with the $456,671 earned in 2012, he can now add Equi-Stat Open Rider Award winner to his extensive list of achievements.