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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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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?
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