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  • British Reining - our history
    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.
  • 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.
  • NRHA Promotional Video

    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.
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Important - British Reining Championships & BR Memberships 2020/2021

 Important - British Reining Championships & BR Memberships 2020/2021

It is with much regret that, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and logistical challenges it presents for our venues and show organisers, we will sadly not be running a British Reining Championships this year.

Running an affiliated show usually involves extensive travel for competitors, as well as bringing judges and/or other show team members from overseas. The unpredictable nature of potential quarantine requirements, travel restrictions and regional lockdowns has meant that planning an event such as the BR Championships is unfortunately not viable this year.

As a small membership led organisation, British Reining is very grateful to the many members who have joined or renewed their memberships this year, despite the lack of events. With such continued support we can be confident that our organisation can develop and remain able to run future events when the Covid-19 situation improves. 

As we have been unable to offer as much as we would have liked for our members this year, the council of British Reining have decided to automatically roll on all new and existing 2020 memberships for an additional 12 months, ie through to the end of 2021.

We very much hope that those members who have not yet renewed for 2020 will do so, in order that we may start to plan an action packed programme of events for 2021.

Stay safe. 

Best wishes,

British Reining Council


COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic - British Equestrian update

The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is having significant impact on the equestrian sector. British Equestrian is closely monitoring the regular updates coming through from the Government, and is working in conjunction with its Member Bodies, such as British Reining, and other industry bodies to feed this information through to you.



Prime Time World Championship: congrats to Francesca Sternberg and Colonel Chic Dream

THEY OFFICIALLY took the 2019 NRHA - National Reining Horse Association Prime Time World Championship: congrats to Francesca Sternberg and Colonel Chic Dream ( Magnum Chic Dream x Little Annies Oak)
Photo by Tom Hautmann • Photo & Design
Doug Allen Tabitha Sternberg Allen George Sternberg Allen


British Reining 2020 Newsletter

Dear Members,

As the new year is upon us it is time to reflect and plan your Reining goals for 2020. Congratulations to all our members on their many achievements in 2019! British Reining Council would also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our members and supporters for your continued and valued support.

In our Newsletter (click here or on image) we cover: - 

2020 Show Dates
Youth & Para Fund
Clinic Subsidies
Non Quarter Horse Hi Point Award
Volunteer with British Reining
Drug Testing Fees
British Reining Western Coaching Certificate & 
Professional Coaches
British Reining Calendar
Membership Renewals


    Francesca Sternberg awarded the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour

    Francesca Sternberg has been awarded the British Equestrian Federation medal of honour in respect of her work with Reining. 

    This is one of the highest accolades you can receive in the British Equestrian area. This was awarded for her contribution to reining as a competitor a member of the FEi athletes committee and the driving force behind many committees and events. 

    This is the first time this award has been given to a Representative of Reining in Great Britain.

    “I would never have imagined the British Equestrian Federation would recognize a reiner,” “In the UK, we’re highly traditional—everything is eventing, show jumping, and dressage. To be recognized by my peers in my own country is quite overwhelming.”

    The updated BR members Handbook is availble

    You can find the BR Handbook on the Forms & Downloads page or by clicking here

    Where can I see reining in the UK?

    Just click on the logos to link to the venue websites
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      The Oakridge Arena
      Holme Farm
      Swinderby Road
      NG23 7NZ

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      Bodiam International Arena
      Court Lodge Farm
      East Sussex
      TN32 5UJ

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      Horse Creek Farm
      Coldham Bank
      Stags Holt
      PE15 0BS

    BR Facebook Page

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