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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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The British Team had a good week in Switzerland at the FEI European Senior Reining and World Championships for Young Riders and Juniors
The senior team attained a good result placing 6th. Lee Rutter riding Little Nic, an 8year old stallion owned by Lita Pocock was the high score for the team and advanced to the Individual finals, where he placed 9th in a very strong field from across Europe. Francesca Sternberg on Rosanne Sternberg’s RS Barbaresco Blue put in a solid score, tying with team member Luke Phillimore and both progressed to the Individual Consolation round but sadly failed to attain a place in the finals. In the Junior Division Jolie Cooper, riding Southern Comfort, had a good penalty free round in the qualification and progressed to the finals where she placed 12th. Tabitha Sternberg Allen riding her mother’s horse “Smart Like Valentino” had a good first run in the Young Rider Division, but a penalty disappointingly cost her a place in the finals by a ½ point, the smallest margin possible in a 5-judge competition, ending up in 20th place. The Junior and Young Riders divisions were particularly strong with the best youngsters from across Europe being joined by a full contingent from the USA who flew in their horses for the event. At the conclusion of competition Chef D’Equipe Simon Barnes commented: “I am really proud of the team for what they achieved. We only have a small number of riders to draw from for these international events and they certainly punch well above their weight”.
Also competing in Geneva, at the first ever Swiss Para Reining Competition, were Ricky Balshaw and Fiona Durston. In front of a large crowd, who showed their appreciation by clapping along to the music and cheering loudly. The two riders from the British Silver medal winning team at the recent World Para Reining Championships in Holland impressed the FEI delegate and sponsors with their smooth spins and big sliding stops. Balshaw placed first and Durston second. World Para Reining is excited to become part of the FEI Disciplines, with inclusion in to the WEG to join Para Dressage. These two riders are certainly a credit to Great Britain and excellent ambassadors for the sport.
Where can I see reining in the UK?
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