Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Reining King aka Shawn Flarida

Reining is a crowd-pleaser with its showy sliding stops, speedy spins and controlled-speed circles, moves that originated from cowboys' herding cattle on the ranch. The idea is to make it look effortless, and Shawn Flarida has gone around the world doing just that.

"In my mind, I've never had a real job," Shawn Flarida said this week as he kicked up a cloud of dust riding in the outdoor arena of his farm near Springfield in Clark County. "I get to do something I absolutely love to do."

Five years ago, Flarida bought 72 acres on Beard Road, mowed down the crops and built a home, a 35-stall barn, an indoor and outdoor arena and a fenced pasture. He boards and trains 35 reining horses, all owned by others. Nineteen of them will go to the Congress, and Flarida will compete on nine.

Read the full article about this sport and this legend in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper.

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