Reining at the Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games

Friday, September 3, 2010
Posted by National Reining Horse Association


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – During the Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), many will notice Reining as the only equestrian discipline to feature hand-tooled western saddles, distinctive cowboy hats and gorgeous, long flowing manes and tails of its horses. However, at this installment of the Games, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) will provide a unique experience for spectators and reining fans – NRHA “Ride a Reiner.”
“Ride a Reiner” will give WEG attendees the chance to be selected to ride a reining horse at the Kentucky Horse Park September 25 – October 10. In addition, NRHA will provide opportunities for credentialed WEG media to experience the thrill of riding a reining horse.

In an area just inside the main entrance, NRHA will offer these “test rides” to WEG spectators in the John Deere Reining Arena located next to the Kentucky Experience. For those who have some riding experience, “Ride a Reiner,” will give them the opportunity to enjoy a dizzying spin or even a sliding stop on a well-trained reining horse. NRHA alliance partner and WEG reining breed sponsor, the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), will offer breed test rides, as well.

Thanks to NRHA Corporate Partners, MD Barns, Kiser Arena Specialists and John Deere; the rides will be conducted inside an MD Barns open-sided arena. The arena will be constructed on what is now a parking lot at the Kentucky Horse Park. The arena base and special reining surface will be brought in by Kiser Arena Specialists and maintained by John Deere. In addition, the event is supported by Games’ sponsor Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment.

Applications to ride will be accepted in the NRHA/AQHA Booth in the Games Tradeshow. For information on “Ride a Reiner,” e-mail cmorris@nrha.com. More details will be available online at nrha.com just prior to the Games.

For more information on NRHA and the sport of Reining, visit nrha.com.

Photo credit: Dawn Baxstrom