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Shawn Flarida Becomes NRHA’s First $5 Million Rider

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Photo Credit: Dawn Baxstrom

Photo Credit: Dawn Baxstrom

December 19, 2013 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – NRHA press release by: Hayley Lewallen – The man who is no stranger for being the first to reach historic milestones, Shawn Flarida has reached another one by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) first Five Million Dollar Rider.

Helping Shawn reach this new milestone was his second place finish at the 2013 NRHA Futurity in the Level(L) 4 Open Finals aboard Tinseltown Fly Guy (Hollywoodstinseltown x Fly Flashy Jac), owned by Wagner & Vandorp. Marking a 224, the duo’s earnings for their finals and go-round performances totaled over $143,000 sending Flarida flying over the five million dollar mark. To watch their L4 Open reserve championship and go-round runs, visit the Gallery page at

Flarida resides in Springfield, Ohio and has been competing in NRHA-approved events since 1981. He became NRHA’s third Million Dollar Rider in 2003, the second Two Million Dollar Rider in 2006, the first Three Million Dollar Rider in 2008, and the first and currently only Four Million Dollar Rider in 2011.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit

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