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Shawn Flarida instructs open reiners May 11 at his two-day clinic at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. (Lucky Dog photo)

LAKE VIEW TERRACE—Shawn Flarida, the winningest reiner of all time, came to Hansen Dam Horse Park May 11-12 for a two-day clinic presented by LEGISequine.com, Langer Equestrian Group, Ariat, and Foran Performance Horses.

Flarida, the first and only reiner to ever slide into six million dollars of winnings, shared his wealth of knowledge with riders and auditors alike. He is a six-time NRHA Open Futurity Champion, six-time NRHA Open Derby champion and four-time NRBC Champion. The 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame inductee also was the inaugural WEG Reining Individual Gold Medalist. “Shawn was very generous with his knowledge,” said Tom Foran of Foran Performance Horses. “With Shawn there are no secrets. He’s patient with everyone. He’s as good of a teacher as he is a showman and horse trainer.”

Flarida was pleased to give his two cents about reining to both pros and non-pros.

“I hope everyone can take home some of the ideas I have shared and have some success,” Flarida said. “I like meeting new people, hearing what they want to improve and trying to be a part of their growth.”

Flarida awarded a “Ariat Most Improved Rider” prize to the rider who showed the most progress from the beginning to the end of the day. Pro rider David Worley and non-pro rider Kadin Hernandez each earned a new pair of jeans courtesy of Ariat.

Flarida will return for a clinic at Hansen Dam next May.

“The facility is absolutely to die for,” he said. “The weather is phenomenal, and the environment is great for the horses. The ring has great footing and is a really good size.”

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