Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Shawn Flarida has made a habit of showing horses to win world titles. 2001 was business as usual as he piloted Chic N Out to earn the 2001 Novice Horse Open World Championship.
Owned by Ron and Jennifer Fisher of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the 8-year-old bay stallion is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Dry Lucille. He was shown as a 3-year-old by Barbara Williams, then Bryant Pace showed him to second and third place finishes in the Gordyville Breeders Cup Limited Open and Open classes.
Ron Fisher bought the horse in 1999 and showed him in some Non Pro competition, but he felt the horse's true potential was untapped. He approached Flarida about riding him and Shawn was soon impressed with the horse's abilities. "He's such an athlete. It took us a while to get to know each other, but he's a great show horse. When it came time to show, he was all business."
Serious business it was. In one stretch, Shawn and Chic N Out won six consecutive $1,000 Novice Horse Open Classes and their average scores were in the 73 range. By summers end, they were so far ahead for the title that they entered their last Novice Horse Open class in August.
With the championship secured, the future for Chic N Out is still to be decided. Ron Fisher may show him in Non Pro or he might become a 2002 USET candidate for Shawn.
Flarida and the other 2001 NRHA Champions will receive World Championship buckles in Oklahoma City during the NRHA Derby. The National Reining Horse Association World Champions will be recognized at the annual Awards Banquet, held May 16 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
The National Reining Horse Association is the world-wide governing body of reining, responsible for promoting the sport, working to insure the highest standards of competition and educating its members and the public about reining. For information on the National Reining Horse Association, call 405-946-7400 or visit the NRHA Official Web Site at www.nrha.com.