Kentucky Reining Cup

Fifth win at the Kentucky Reining Cup is just as golden for Shawn Flarida.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Awards at the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup (Credit: Journal)

While “My Old Kentucky Home” won’t be played to the masses until next weekend’s Kentucky Derby, it might be something Shawn Flarida sings every time he crosses the Ohio River to compete at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. For the fifth year, Flarida has competed in, and won, the Kentucky Reining Cup, held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

“Brad Ettleman does an awesome job putting this event on,” Flarida said, complimenting Ettleman of HorsePower Inc., producer of the Kentucky Reining Cup. “It’s a wonderfully run event that I enjoy entering.”

Flarida showed two horses in this year’s installment. His ride on Gunnin By The Bay earned him a score of 215, placing the pair third. Molly Morgenstern of Springfield, Ohio, owns the 4-year-old stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Dun It By The Bay by Starlights Wrangler.

Magnum Chic Dunit slid her way into first place under Flarida with a score of 218.5 for owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA. Flarida was happy with his ride on the relatively green 4-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Skeets Red Dunit by Skeets Peppy.

The two started National Reining Horse Association pattern 10 with a strong stop. Despite the mare’s propensity for not turning as well to the right as she does to the left, the pair still earned plus-one scores in both directions. Their circles were fluid and flawless, and her last stops got stronger with each stop.

“She’s a young mare, she should continue to get stronger and get better all of the time. But I’m pretty proud of her,” Flarida said.

Chicago non-pro rider Jose Vazquez claimed the second spot in the Spooks Gotta Whiz $10,000-Added Open, as well as the top spot in the Baby Spooks $5,000-Added Non-Pro aboard his homebred Shiner Side Winder, a 6-year-old gelding by Smart Like Juice and out of Winder Her Up Shiner by Shining Spark.

Though still tired from the trip to the National Reining Breeders Classic, Vazquez wanted to see if his gelding could improve from his lackluster showing in Houston.

“I was very pleased (with tonight’s ride),” Vazquez said. “I showed that horse in the NRBC and he was not as good then, so I was anxious to show him again. He was pretty fair, pretty good. So he’s back to what he’s capable of doing. Hopefully he’s ready to do well the next time.”

Vazquez’s rides Friday night bring him just $12,000 shy of earning NRHA Million Dollar Rider status to go along with his status as an NRHA Million Dollar Owner.

Kentucky Reining Cup/Spooks Gotta Whiz $10,000-Added Open

1st – Magnum Chic Dunit, ridden by Shawn Flarida, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA (218.5)
2nd – Shiner Side Winder, ridden by Jose Vazquez, owned by Smart Like Juice Inc.  (216.5)
3rd – Gunnin By The Bay, ridden by Shawn Flarida, owned by Molly Morgenstern (215)
4th – Cinnabars Lil Whiz, ridden by Randall Dooley, owned by Dana Cohen (214.5)
5th – Gunners Star, ridden by Fernando Salgado, owned by Darling 888 BG Reining Horses (213.5)
6th – JSE Smart Gun, ridden by Randy Schaffhauser, owned by Mary Healey (208.5)

Kentucky Reining Cup/Baby Spooks $5,000-Added Non-Pro

1st – Shiner Side Winder, ridden by Jose Vazquez, owned by Smart Like Juice Inc.  (216.5)
2nd – Colonel G, ridden by Gloria Bradley, owned by William Bradley (216)
3rd – Electric Starlight, ridden and owned by Steven Borgia (213)
4th – Vella Juice, ridden by Jose Vazquez, owned by Smart Like Juice Inc. (212)
5th – Magnum Refund, ridden by Dana Cohen, owned by Gail Klapper (210)
6th – Caliante Wimpy, ridden by Cappy Dryden, owned by Bur Oak LLC (203)
6th – Wimps Chocolate Chip, ridden by Rick Clark, owned by Clark Reining Horses LLC (203)

Journal Coverage of the Kentucky Reining Cup

  • Freestyle – Laura Sumrall claims the 2015 world championship freestyle title aboard Wimpys Top Model in a 'Frozen'-inspired routine.
  • Para-Reining – The third time’s the charm for Holly Jacobson, who won the Nutrena para-reining at the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup.
  • Open and Non-Pro – Fifth win at the Kentucky Reining Cup is just as golden for Shawn Flarida.