Daughter of PB resident leads team into national equestrian event

A team of three riders led by Shannon Weaver Flanagan will compete today and Saturday at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association National Finals in Syracuse, N.Y.

Flanagan is the owner and trainer of Silent Knight Stables in Krum, Texas. A Little Rock Central High School graduate, she is the daughter of George T. Weaver Jr. of Pine Bluff.

The riders will represent Silent Knight Stables at the Finals. Two of them will participate in individual competition.

They qualified through the Zone 7 finals on March 23 in Tyler, Texas. For Silent Knight, this is the first year to compete in this showing venue.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to experience what it would be like to ride on a college team,” Flanagan said in a news release. “We assist our students in getting scholarships for riding and held them find a team at the college level. Providing opportunities for them to be seen by college coaches is just another way to accomplish those goals.”

Flanagan’s riders include Carley Cockrum, Emma Horn and Riley Stringfellow.

The IEA program was modeled after the university/collegiate program. Horses and tack are provided to the rider at each competitive event. The challenge of riding an unknown mount tests each rider’s skill and preparedness as an equestrian.