Reining differs from other western horse sports because the horse and rider are specifically judged based on how ‘willingly guided’ the horse completes the pattern. The philosophy of the sport is embodied in one statement: “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”.
The Reining 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 Reining judging system.
There are multiple divisions of competition offered at approved shows to enable competitors at all levels to participate, learn, and improve as they master the intricacies of one of the most exciting equine competition events.
Reining shows offer several levels of competition for:
- Open riders
- Rookie and entry-level riders
- Non-pro riders
- Youth riders
- Novice horses
- Aged event (futurity, derby and maturity) horses
- Affiliate (or local level) riders
- Para reining – open to riders with disabilities
Join the fun. Join GVRHA!
A Goulburn Valley Reining Horse Association Membership can be fun and rewarding. Whether you show at a few or all of our shows throughout the year, there is something for everyone at GVRHA.