NRHA Ride a Reiner Returns to Congress

During the 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress, the National Reining Horse Association gave a select group of lucky riders the thrill of piloting a well-tuned reining horse. That opportunity will return this year on October 12 and 13 with the help of the Ohio Valley Reining Horse Association (OVRHA), an official NRHA Affiliate. To be held in Cooper Arena on the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus, Ride a Reiner will be offered in four sessions, including an exclusive session for youth riders.

NRHAappreciates the Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) and OVRHA for bringing this event to reining fans, as well as William Bowen, Nick Nelson, Robin Schoeller and Brett Walters for providing their expertise to lead the sessions.


NRHA Ride a Reiner gives selected riders the ability to test-drive a reining horse with top-notch instruction from reining trainers. 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.

While Reining has long been associated with the All American Quarter Horse Congress, 2013 will be the second 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 12 and 13 in Cooper Arena.


The Congress NRHA Ride a Reiner application can be downloaded ( 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.

Riding times are as follows:

October 12

1 – 4 p.m. – Ride a Reiner with Nick Nelson and Robin Schoeller

7 p.m. – Freestyle Reining (in Coliseum)

October 13

1 – 4 p.m. – Ride a Reiner with Bill Bowen and Brett Walters – For Youth Riders Preferred


Nick Nelson (Salesville, Ohio) – Nick’s resume includes multiple Top Ten finishes at the Congress, the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships, NRHA Top Ten list, as well as an NRHA Reserve World Championship and two NRHA Regional Affiliate Championships.

Robin Schoeller (South Vienna, Ohio) – Robin, an NRHA Professional, is a three-time Congress Level (L) 2 Open Futurity Champion, a Congress L3 Open Futurity Champion, NRHA Futurity L2 Open Champion and a National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) L3 Open Derby Champion.

William Bowen (Belle Couter, Ohio) – William’s accomplishments include being a finalist at the NRHA Futurity, NRBC and Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity. In 2012, he won three levels at the Tradition Futurity and earned a Top Ten at the Congress.

Brett Walters (Bourbon, Ind.) – Brett is an NRHA Judge, Regional Director and Professional who has shared his expertise with riders of all levels for more than 30 years. He has won multiple NRHA Regional Affiliate championships and Top Ten finishes at the Congress.

APPLY NOW: Ride a Reiner – Congress Application