About Reining Australia

Reining Australia is recognised as the official governing body for the sport of Reining in Australia. We are a nonprofit association dedicated to developing the sport of reining and the reining horse industry.


All Reining Australia sanctioned shows are conducted in accordance with the international NRHA show rules and horse welfare standards.

Membership Benefits

  • Reining Australia members can participate in  all NRHA & RA approved regional, state and national shows.

  • Reining Australia shows have a selection of classes designed to provide a level of competition for everyone – from beginning green riders to elite professionals.

  • All Reining Australia shows utilize accredited judges who have completed comprehensive training and passed rigorous testing before receiving their judge's privileges. This means that the consistency and fairness of scoring is the same at every show, in every level of competition.

  • On behalf of Reining Australia, the NRHA keeps accurate track of horse and rider earnings. This information is available online to NRHA members only.

  • Reining Australia supports and manages the Sire & Dam Breeding Incentive Programme, a programme promoting the breeding of quality reining horses by Australian stallions by offering initiatives to reining breeders and their clients who buy colts and fillies bred via the programme.

  • Reining Australia provides unique and comprehensive networking opportunities for members to connect with other members, top owners and some of the best horseman in Australia.

  • Reining Australia operates a website for its members which provides current information about all aspects of the sport.

  • Reining Australia is organised into regional and state associations who run NRHA approved shows. Riders compete in regional and state shows to qualify for the National Championships.

  • Reining Australia operates an online Sale Yard for the sale and purchase of members’ reining horses and equipment.

  • Reining Australia operates a fun yet competitive Youth programme.

In National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) competitions, reining horses are judged individually as they complete one of ten specified patterns. Each patternincludes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360 degree spins and the exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse. One or more judges will score each horse beginning at 70.


The scoring system then adds or subtracts from .5 to 1.5 on each maneuver. Penalties points may also be  subtracted from the score for incorrect performance.A scribe keeps track of each judge's maneuver scores and penalties on a score sheet. Scores are calculated and announced after each run.

The reining horse must be willfully guided. Deductions should be applied for gagging, excessive head raising,  stopping or backing sideways, refusals, anticipation, stumbling or falling and disobedience. Credit should be given for smoothness, finesse,  willing attitude and accuracy. Controlled speed during the 
pattern raises the level of  difficulty so should be rewarded with higher scoresprovided the maneuvers are still  performed correctly.  Reining horses may perform with individual style according to  their conformation. The sport of Reining is open to all breeds and is exciting and pleasing to watch.  Reining was a demonstration horse sport at the 2000 Olympics boding well to be a future Olympic event.

A. General - "To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement...".The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely. Any movement on his own must be considered a lack of control. All deviations from the exact written pattern must be considered a lack of/or temporary loss of control and and therefore a fault that must be marked down according to severity of deviation. After deducting all faults set here within, against execution of the pattern and the horse's overall performance, credit should be given for smoothness, finesse, attitude, quickness and authority of performing various maneuver's, while using controlled speed which raises the difficulty level and makes him more exciting and pleasing to watch to an audience.