Flarida Named USET Athlete of the Month for September
NJSeptember 30, 2002Shawn 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. Flaridas win
makes him the first-ever reining World Champion.
was thrilled with his own performance as well as his horses
performance in Spain. It still hasnt 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