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What is Reining ?


Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena. In NRHA competition, contestants are required to run one of ten approved patterns.


Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360 degree spins done in place, and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.


The NRHA Judging system is recognized as the leading format for judging an equine event that combines technical and stylistic elements coupled with consideration of "degree of difficulty".


WCRA us an affiliate member of the NRHA. As such, WCRA uses the rules and guidelines of NRHA for its shows, with the exception of the modified patterns. The modified patterns, are used for novice horse/rider in circumstances where the horse/rider are new to reining and are not accustomed to all of the traditional moves. (i.e. Roll backs and /or lead changes)





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