The sport itself has been likened to a Western form of dressage – both disciplines requiring a competitor to ride a set pattern with smoothness and correctness, demonstrating the unity of horse and rider.
Whilst Dressage was developed from activities performed by the war horses in the Middle Ages, Reining comes from the athletic movements that made the early American settlers ranch horses such invaluable assets. The ability to move quickly, change direction and willingly guide on a loose rein, are the trademarks of the modern Reining horse and from which the discipline takes its name.
The phenomenal growth of this sport world-wide has led to it becoming the first western discipline to gain full F.E.I. recognition with the result that reining is now part of the World Equestrian Games and European Equestrian Games programmes.
British Teams have enjoyed much success on the World Stage with an Individual Medal and placing in the top 4 World Team rankings to date.