What is Reining?

Designed to showcase the maneuvers of a working ranch horse, reining is a judged competition that highlights the athletic ability of a horse through the performance of required elements such as small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360 degree spins, and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.

Dubbed “Western Dressage”, this variety of movements is linked into a graceful sequence with no observable resistance on the horse’s part.

As the fastest growing sport in the equine industry, Reining quickly gained popularity not only in the USA but throughout the world. In 2000, reining became the first Western Discipline to be approved by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and became a full medal discipline at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. The 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany also featured reining as a full medal sport before large sold-out audiences. In 2010, a the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, Reining was a smash hit with sold out performances, major media coverage and network television live broadcast reaching tens of millions of homes regionally and more than 40 million around the world. Reining was demonstrated at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia and is being considered by some as a possible candidate full-medal Olympic sport for the summer Olympiad.

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