Reining / Western Riding


Reining is designed to show the athletic ability of ranch type horse in the confines of a show arena. Contestants are required to run one of ten approved patterns, divided into seven or eight manoeuvres, including small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, 360 degree spins done in place, and the exciting sliding stops that are the hall mark of the reining horse.

Despite the seemingly relaxed attitude of both horse and rider and the loose reins typical of the discipline, Reining is a high level competition sport requiring concentration and high riding competence. Reining was approved as an FEI discipline in 2000 and covers horses of 6-years and over. The number of international competitions organised throughout the world is growing at a healthy pace: from three in 2001 the number has increased to 43 in 2008 with events organised in the United States of America and Canada, but also in Italy, France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Israel and Brazil. Learn more about Reining and Western Riding »

The sport is administered in Ireland by the Irish Quarter Horse Association.

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Contact Reining & Western/Irish Quarter Horse Association

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Tel: 086 083 0267

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Irish Quarter Horse Association CLG

Office C/O, Cochise Stud, Moystown Demesne, Shannon Harbour, Birr Co Offaly. R42 EK54