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Reining

Reining, a perfect connection
with horses

Reining finds its roots in the heart of American ranches and develops the Quarter Horse, his horse of preference. They are worl-class athletes, trained to perform maneuvers with great accuracy. Reining became an international competition sport thanks to the compact build of the Quarter Horse renders it the perfect horse for fast, technical and amazing maneuvers.

The NRHA, National Reining Horse Association, was formed in 1966 in Oklahoma, USA, and a worldwide membership as well as standardized rules and patterns. It now has 19,000 membersand 800 competition around the world. The sport of reining became an FEI, Féderation Equestre Internationale, recognized discipline in 2000, and was added as a part of the World Equestrian Games, beginning in 2002.

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The reining’s major project is through impartiality of the horse. Riders may ride with one hand and a light touch on the reins. To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely. Any movement on his own must be considered a lack of control. All deviations from the exact written pattern must be considered a lack of or temporary loss of control; and therefore, a fault that must be marked down according to severity of deviation. After deducting all faults set here within, against execution of the pattern and the horse’s overall performance, credit should be given for smoothness, finesse, attitude, quickness and authority of performing various maneuvers, while using controlled speed which raises the difficulty level and makes him more exciting and pleasing to watch to an audience.

 

Sliding stop
Loose reins
Spin

Maneuvers

MANEUVERS

Reining is a high performance competitive sport and an individual competition. The reining pattern, noted by judges, includes several movements which must be executed by the horse. Scoring is on the basis of zero to infinity, and 70 is an average score for a horse that made no errors but also did not perform maneuvers with a higher level of difficulty. Points for each maneuver are added or subtracted by 1⁄2, 1 and 11⁄2 point increments for each maneuvers in the designated pattern (15 choices of patterns). Any penalties are deducted to calculate the horse’s final score, which is announced after each horse works.
 The reining pattern, noted by judges,  includes several movements which must be executed by the horse. Scoring is on the basis of zero to infinity, and 70 is an average score for a horse that made no errors but also did not perform maneuvers with a higher level of difficulty. Points for each maneuver are added or subtracted by ½, 1 and 1½ point increments for each maneuvers in the designated pattern (15 choices of patterns). Any penalties are deducted to calculate the horse’s final score, which is announced after each horse works

Patterns require the following movements :
• « Circles », the horse must perform large, fast circles at a near-gallop and smaller, slow circles at a lope,
• « Lead Changes » the horse changes its leading front and hind legs et the lope mid-stride,
• « Spins » the horse spins 360° or more in place around its stationary inside hind leg,
• « Sliding Stop », the horse accelerates to a gallop and then suddenly comes to a complete halt, planting its hind feet in the footing and allowing its hind feet to slide several feet, while continuing to let its front feet walk forward,
• « Rollback », the horse immediately, without hesitation, performs a 180° turn after halting from a sliding stop, and immediately goes forward again into a lope,
• « Back », the horse backs up quickly for at least 3m,
• « Hesitate », the horse is asked to stand still for a few seconds

Trainer : stefano ferri

Stefano Ferri from Italy is head trainer at BO RANCH.

Show records

2017
NRHA Intermediate Open World CHAMPION
NRHA Intermediate Open World Championship 3RD PLACE
IRHA Derby Open Level 2&3 FINALIST
German Breeders Derby Open Level 2&3 FINALIST
CS Swiss Summer Show Intermediate Open CHAMPION
CS Classic Trophy Intermediate Open CHAMPION
Garden of England International Intermediate Open CHAMPION
French Futurity 3YO Open Level 2 CHAMPION

2016
23 Classic Intermediate Open Reserve CHAMPION

2015
NRHA European Futurity Open Level 3 FINALIST
NRHA European Derby Open Trophy CHAMPION

2014
23 Classic Winter Show Open Reserve CHAMPION
NRHA Belgium Derby Open Level 4 Reserve CHAMPION
IRHA Maturity Open Level 3 Reserve CHAMPION
WEG Individual FINALIST
Breeders Futurity Open Trophy Reserve CHAMPION
Breeders Futurity Open Level 3 FINALIST
IRHA Futurity Open Trophy Champion and Reserve CHAMPION

2013
NRHA European Futurity Open Level 3 FINALIST
French Derby Open Level 4 FINALIST
IRHA Maturity Open Level 4 FINALIST
IRHA Futurity Open Trophy Reserve CHAMPION

2012
NRHA European Futurity Open Level 3 FINALIST
NRHA European Pre Futurity Open Level 4 CHAMPION
IRHA Futurity Open Level 3 Reserve CHAMPION

2011
NRHA European Futurity Open Level 2 FINALIST
NRHA European Derby Open Level 3 FINALIST
IRHA Futurity Open Level 3 FINALIST

2010
IRHA Derby Open Level 1&2 FINALIST
IRHA Maturity Open Level 1&2 FINALIST
IRHA Futurity Open 1&2 FINALIST

2009
NRHA European Futurity Open Level 1 CHAMPION
IRHA Derby Limited Open CHAMPION
IRHA Maturity Limited Open CHAMPION
IRHA Futurity Limited Open CHAMPION

2008
IRHA Maturity Limited Open FINALIST
IRHA Futurity Limited Open Reserve CHAMPION

2007
IRHA Derby Limited Open Reserve CHAMPION
IRHA Maturity Limited Open CHAMPION
IRHA Futurity Limited Open FINALIST