Springfield, OH - With healthy turnout of para reiners spread over three levels or Grades 2, 3 and 4, Jennifer Flanagan on her Chromed Out Swagwagon captured the high score during both days of competition at the Buckeye’s 2018 Coughlin Automotive Open Futurity Show.
“I had such a great experience at the Buckeye Series, this was our first big win against some really strong competition. I am showing a new horse this year, (we call him Swag), and I feel we are really starting to click together and become a partnership.”
As a Grade 2 rider, Jennifer is paralyzed from the waist down and after retiring her longtime trusted mount needed something safe, reliable but quality to show. Flanagan found a great match in the well trained, unflappable 5-year old at Jesse Chase Performance Horses, Wendell, NC with help from USA Para Reining Chair Jennifer Hoyt.
Flanagan lives outside Nashville, TN, the only reiner at a hunter/jumper barn but has traveled to area shows, mixing in some western dressage with her reining aspirations. “I love how the show organizers have stepped up to really recognize para reining at their shows. We have shown at several new locations this year and everyone has been supportive and welcoming,”
A new face on the para reining scene is Alexis Mann, a 15 year old Grade 4 rider who competes her gelding Stepping Out in the Youth division. She is excited to qualify for 2018 Dechra/USEF/USA Reining Para Reining National Championships at the All American QH Congress in Ohio.
As title sponsor, Dechra Veterinary Products, well known for their healing equine products Osphos and Phycox is generously awarding $5000 in prize monies.
In addition, wonderful prizes are being donated by USEF and NRHA, and our Congress Sponsors Tinseltown Flash, Ruoff Dietter Reining Horses, Rick Clark, Shawn Flarida Reining Horses and A/S Trail Equipment & Services.
The Buckeye Series has provided a great atmosphere for these riders to gain valuable time in the pen heading toward this exciting national championship.
Para reiners Mindy Davis from AK, Holly Jacobson from MA and Louis Zamboli from NY rounded out the competition.