The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) held its first-ever NRHA Ride a Reiner during the 2010 Alltech® FEI World Equestrian Games giving nearly 300 riders the thrill of piloting a well-tuned reining horse.
NRHA is ready to repeat the success at two upcoming major spectator events: the All American Quarter Horse Congress (October 13 – 14 in Columbus, Ohio) and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough World Finals (October 23 – 27 in Las Vegas, Nev.).
NRHA appreciates Corporate Partner Purina for their assistance in bringing the PBR event to fans in Las Vegas, as well as Brandon Brant, Shawn Flarida, Ollie Griffith, Aaron Ralston, Robin Schoeller, Brett Walters and Mack Weaver for providing their expertise for demonstrations and riding sessions at these events.
WHAT IS NRHA RIDE A REINER?
NRHA Ride a Reiner gives selected riders the ability to test drive a reining horse with top-notch instruction from NRHA Professionals. For those who have some riding experience, NRHA Ride a Reiner provides the opportunity to enjoy a dizzying spin or even a sliding stop on a well-trained reining horse.
ALL AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS – OCT. 13 – 14
While Reining has long been associated with the All American Quarter Horse Congress, 2012 will be the first time for NRHA’s groundbreaking and popular Ride a Reiner to be part of the world’s largest single-breed horse show. NRHA will give some lucky attendees the chance to experience the thrill of executing Reining’s signature moves October 13 and 14 in Cooper Arena.
APPLICATIONS & TIMES
The Congress NRHA Ride a Reiner application can be downloaded (bit.ly/NRHARideaReinerCongress) or picked up at the NRHA Booth in Congress Hall (106). NRHA recommends that applicants return completed applications to the NRHA Booth the day prior to his/her preferred riding time. Demonstration and riding times are as follows:
Noon – Reining Demonstration with Shawn Flarida
1 p.m. – Ride a Reiner with Brandon Brant and Robin Schoeller
2 p.m. – Ride a Reiner with Brandon Brant and Robin Schoeller
10 a.m. – Ride a Reiner with Brett Walters
11 a.m. – Ride a Reiner with Ollie Griffith
Ride a Reiner sessions will be lead by Brandon Brant, Robin Schoeller, Brett Walters, Ollie Griffith. The demonstration features Shawn Flarida, reining’s all-time leading money earner who has won the NRHA Futurity five times. Brant is an NRHA Derby Level 3 Open Champion, NRHA Derby Level 2 Open Champion, NRHA Derby Level 1 Open Champion and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Level 2 Open Champion. Schoeller is a two-time All American Quarter Horse Congress Level 2 Open Futurity Champion, an NRHA Futurity Level 2 Open Champion and an NRBC Level 3 Open Derby Champion. Walters, of Bourbon, Ind., is an NRHA Judge and NRHA Regional Director who has shared his reining expertise and riding tips at numerous Ride a Reiner events, including the inaugural event at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games. Dublin, Ohio’s Ollie Griffith is an NRHA Judge, NRHA Steward, and equestrian team coach for The Ohio State University.
“Programs like NRHA Ride a Reiner, which will be featured at the 2012 Congress, provide a hands-on opportunity to introduce this great event to new exhibitors,” said Dr. Scott Myers, Ohio Quarter Horse Association Executive Director. “We are excited to work with an organization like NRHA that is so dedicated to sharing their great sport and promoting a discipline with such a great heritage here in Ohio.”
PBR BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD FINALS – OCT. 23 – 27
Unlike anything else held in conjunction with the popular PBR World Finals, NRHA Ride a Reiner presented by Purina, gives frenetic crowds the chance to experience the thrills and excitement of the sport of Reining at the PBR Fan Zone and Marketplace at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The arena also will play host to demonstrations from NRHA Professionals on world-caliber reining horses.
APPLICATIONS & TIMES
The PBR NRHA Ride a Reiner application can be downloaded http://bit.ly/NRHARideaReinerPBR or picked up at the NRHA Booth in the Fan Zone. NRHA recommends that applicants return completed applications to the NRHA Booth the no later than one hour prior to his/her preferred riding time. Riding times are available as follows with multiple opportunities during each session:
1:30 p.m. – Reining Demonstration with Mack Weaver
2:30 p.m. – Ride a Reiner with Mack Weaver
3:30 p.m. – Ride a Reiner with Aaron Ralston
11 a.m. – Reining Demonstration with Aaron Ralston and Mack Weaver
Noon – Ride a Reiner with Aaron Ralston and Mack Weaver
Riders and spectators will have the pleasure of working with two NRHA Professionals Aaron Ralston and Mack Weaver. Aaron Ralston, host of “The Ride” on RFD-TV, is well known for his ability to take riders from the ranch to the show arena to demonstrate how ranch work translates into the competition world. Weaver, an NRHA Judge, hails from Morgan, Utah and specializes in preparing non pro competitors for NRHA and breed association classes. His program emphasizes good-spirited fun for any age or level of reining competitor.
“I’ve experienced the thrill of riding a reining horse first-hand, and there’s nothing that compares to their athleticism, power and grace,” said Purina’s Kimberly James. “Purina couldn’t be more pleased to collaborate with NRHA to produce the Ride a Reiner during the PBR World Finals. It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss!”