Since 1999 the annual Reining By the Bay Event has been held at the Horse Park in Woodside. It is a horse lover’s dream. While the competition may be fierce, it is the love and passion for the horses that make this event. It is an official National Horse Reining Association (NHRA) event with exhibitors and trainers from Canada to Mexico.
“Reining is a western riding competition for horses where the riders guide the horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops. All work is done at the lope (a slow, relaxed version of the horse gait more commonly known worldwide as the canter), or the gallop (the fastest of the horse gaits). Originating from working cattle, reining is often described as a Western form of dressage riding, as it requires the horse to be responsive and in tune with its rider.” Reining was first recognized as a sport in 1949 by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), the world’s largest equestrian organization. Reining became a full medal sport in 2002 at the World Equestrian Games in Spain. It is a sight worth seeing.
According to their website the mission of our local Reining By the Bay, Inc. is to promote the equestrian sport of Reining. Its goal is to elevate public awareness of the sport and to encourage more participation, raise skill levels and to also educate the public.
The Horse Park at Woodside is here in town along Whiskey Hill Road with the entrance on Sand Hill. The Horse Park rests on 272 Oak filled acres and which boarders Woodside and Menlo Park and is a non-profit organization dedicated to land preservation and equestrian sport.
Dates: July 17th-23rd
Where: The Horse Park at Woodside. Check out the details here!