Info on Reining

Reining became an FEI discipline in 2002 and is designed to show the athletic ability of ranch-type horses in the confines of a show arena. Contestants are required to run one of 10 approved patterns, divided into seven or eight manoeuvres, including small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, 360 degree spins and what is generally considered the signature move of the reining horse, the sliding stop. Although part of a sporting lifestyle closely linked to the spirit of the Wild West, Reining is growing in popularity around the world. Despite the seemingly relaxed attitude of both horse and rider and the loose reins typically used, Reining demands high levels of concentration and riding skills with smoothness, finesse, attitude, quickness and authority all being closely watched.
Reining originated from moves that a cattle horse makes in performing its duties and was first recognised as a sport in 1949 by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).
Competitions take place within an arena where markers are used to enable riders to better follow pattern proportions. To allow top performance and ensure the soundness of competing horses, special footing made of a clay base with a combination of sand and silt as a loose topping is required.

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accreditation info

Dear media members,

We would like to welcome you to our shows.

Reining is a wonderful discipline of western horse riding, please have a look at the information available on this page.

It must be our first priority that all competitions can take place under the best possible conditions. Therefore SMA asks media representatives to respect the competitors, riders and horses, as well as officials and the event crew. We expect media representatives to act fair, in conformity with the German Press Code ( and with the Accreditation Agreement.

Would you therefore please be aware of the following:

All media representatives must act professionally at all times, refrain from interfering with any of the competitors/competitions and follow all instructions given by the event crew.

The signed and stamped confirmation of accreditation must be with the media representative at all times and must be shown upon request of the event crew and/or security.

In case of violations of the Accreditation Agreement, SMA explicitly reserves the right to bar media representatives from participating in the event.

Important: Application for accreditation can only be made with the official accreditation form which can be downloaded here prior to any event. Accreditations are only valid with a stamp and signature. If the form is not stamped and signed after the application procedure, it means accreditation has not been granted and access will be denied.


accreditation form

Accreditation will only be valid with the official form to be downloaded here prior to any event.

All applications for accredidation will need to be directed to the address marked in this specific form.
Any other form of application for accreditation will not be possible.






Sabine Kehm