Oklahoma City–The NRHA Derby show also hosted USA Reining Para Reining classes, which are qualifier classes for the upcoming USA Reining Para Reining International championship to be held in Oklahoma City this November.
In the Level 4 division, Frederick Win earned the title aboard his 6-year-old mare Rem N Trash (Trashadeous x Collena Remilena). “I train hard and never look at this like a para reining class,” says Frederick, a lawyer from Woodridge, New Jersey. “I don’t see my disability as a weakness. I just make sure that my horse is properly trained to understand me.”
Winning the Level 3 division was Cole Jacobs of Fabius, New York . Although Jacobs wasn’t able to bring a horse to compete at the NRHA Derby, NRHA Professional Josh and Carrie Visser of Whitesboro, Texas, generously let him borrow their 5-year-old stallion, One Big Dream (Magnum With A Dream x Kalico Whiz). “I was a little anxious to try a new horse, but he was great,” said Cole.
Cole’s mom, Brenda, cheered the riders on from the sidelines. “The takeaway for all of this is that anyone can show reining horses if they want to. We’ve met some seriously disabled individuals who can get on a well-trained horse and ride. Horses are therapeutic beyond belief.”
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