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Reining is a judged 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. 

The NRHA Judging System is recognized 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 NRHA Judging System. 


How do i get started? 

The NRHA South Africa has a brand new program for those who have never yet done any reining and want to learn together on a show platform.  There are 12 patterns from easiest to most challenging.  Your reach the HALFWAY mark you get a T-shirt!  Earn your Peak Cap with a patch for each pattern on completion you will be sporting your 12 patches on your exclusive CAP!   Come join the fun! No membership required for the BEGINNER REINER PROGRAM!   

Contact admin@nrhasouthafrica.co.za to find a show near you!

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