What Is Reining?

Reining is one of the most popular western disciplines.  It is best known for sliding stops, spins and rollbacks.  These maneuvers are executed in a precise pattern.  All work is done at the lope or gallop and trotting will earn you a penalty in the show pen.  It is often identified as the Western form of Dressage riding, requiring the rider to execute the pattern with responsiveness and no apparent resistance. Reining is a very crowd pleasing sport that every horse enthusiast can enjoy and appreciate!

While there are many horses that can be shown in Reining, the Quarter Horse is the most common breed for the sport.  Reining was first recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and later by the  United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  In 1966 the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) was formed in the U.S. and developed a worldwide membership and standardized rules and patterns that are used in AQHA and USEF.  Reining became an Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) recognized discipline in 2000.