In August 1995 the English Reining Horse Association was founded with Bob Mayhew as Chairman, Carole Archer as Secretary, Bill Archer as Treasurer. By April 1996 membership had grown to 46 and the name had changed to British Reining Horse Association. That year was also when our affiliation was accepted by the NRHA. By 2003 membership had grown to 119 and another name change was approved, namely British Reining (BR) and we incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee. Since then we have gone from strength to strength.
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So 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 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and BR competition, contestants are required to run one of thirteen approved patterns, included in the NRHA Handbook.
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 recognised as the leading format for judging an equine event that combines technical and stylistic elements coupled with consideration of "degree of difficulty". Many segments of the equine judging discipline have openly embraced the NRHA Judging System.
Here is a great video from the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) conveying the excitement of the sport and the athleticism of both horse & rider.
Click here to read more about Reining and the core manoeuvres.
Great photos from Switzerland - Well done team !
Some “Snapshots” from our 2015 Championship show
Our thanks to LRG Photography - More photos from the show can be found on their website
The next generation of Reiners were also at the Champs Show
A big thank you to the Parents for their permission to publish the pictures on our website.
Where can I see reining in the UK?
Just click on the logos to link to the venue websites