Reining is an individually judged event in which a horse and rider perform one
of the eleven patterns set forth by the NRHA. Each pattern is made up of specific elements. They are slow small circles,
large fast circles, 2 rollbacks, back up, lead changes, 4 spins in each direction and sliding stops. The horse's athletic
ability, precision and willingness to be guided easily is scored in each manuver.
To truly understand what reining is, watch Dave run a complete reining pattern at a horse show by clicking
One of the brilliant strategies put in place by the NRHA are the very specific levels of competition
and eligiblities for both horse and rider. The system in place allows for beginning riders to show against riders
at their same level. By tracking accumulating scores and money won, horses and riders advance up through the divisions only
as their capabilities and accomplishments increase.