Reining is a judged equine event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena. In NRHA Competition, contestants are required to run a pre-selected, approved pattern, 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.
Reining is a worldwide equine sport. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), founded in 1966, It serves as the standard setting body for the sport of reining worldwide.
Anyone who wants to ride a horse and seeks exciting western sport based on specific scoring guidelines can ride a Reiner. The Reining community is friendly and fun. Reining competition has multiple levels of competition based on experience and winnings. There are plenty of Reining trainers nationwide who offer lessons to beginners. Join the fun!
Back in the late 1990s a gathering of Arabian Reining horse enthusiasts met to address their shared dilemma of the dwindling Arabian Reining horse competition entries. Equally passionate in their belief that Reining is one of the most dynamic of all the many Arabian horse disciplines, they sought to create a venue to ‘grab and gather’ their own and bring new blood into the sport. Thus was born the Arabian Reining Horse Association, a group now two hundred members strong whose showcase is the annual Scottsdale Reining Futurity Classic.
Re-energized several years in by the generosity of iconic horsemen including Joe Betten, Tom Redmond and the late Dick Ames, the Scottsdale Reining Futurity Classic class was established. Designed to debut the best four and five year old Purebred and Half Arabian Reiners, the Futurity Classic not only offers a big pay out ,over $1.7 million in prize money to date. plus prize saddles and plenty of swag. It also promotes breeding, new enthusiasts, and pure, unshackled excitement. It’s nearly impossible to contain oneself while witnessing that near perfect run down, slide stop and roll back. The Reining show pen delivers whoop, whoop and whistle from the spectators like no other.
With cash payouts for Reining horses of all ages, Amateurs entries and the Futurity, the Scottsdale Reining Classic has something for everyone. Come witness the debut of the best young Arabian Reining horse prospects, shown by the best in the business. Watch young riders literally in short stirrups going through the motions. You’ll be in awe of these incredible equine athletes. Join us for a full week of fun, give Arabian Reining your best cheer, and (most of all) have a great time!