Reining is an individually judged event in which a horse and rider perform one of the eleven patterns set forth by the NRHA. Each pattern is made up of specific elements. They are slow small circles, large fast circles, 2 rollbacks, back up, lead changes, 4 spins in each direction and sliding stops. The horse's athletic ability, precision and willingness to be guided easily are scored in each maneuver.
To truly understand what reining is, watch Dave run a complete reining pattern at a horse show!
One of the brilliant strategies put in place by the NRHA are the very specific levels of competition and sensibilities for both horse and rider. The system in place allows for beginning riders to show against riders at their same level. By tracking accumulating scores and money won, horses and riders advance up through the divisions only as their capabilities and accomplishments increase.
Visit the NRHA website to learn more about the association we operate in.
Visit the Florida Reining Horse Association website to learn even more!.
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