The 17th annual Reigning By the Bay will be held July 18th-24th at our own Woodside Horse Park. This wonderful event has been held here annually since 1999. The competition is fierce. For those unfamiliar with “reigning”, it 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, whose aids should not be easily seen, and judges the horse on its ability to perform a set pattern of movements. More on Reigning here and Dressage here. This is exciting to watch whether or not you are knowledgeable about horses or the particulars of the event.
As an official National Horse Reining Association (NHRA) event, Reining by the Bay has evolved into a spectacular event, attracting participants and spectators from all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It is fun for the whole family and admission is free.
The mission of our local Reigning 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 educate the public. They do a wonderful job with this event.
The Horse Park at Woodside, is a beautiful asset to our cowmunity. It is situated on 272 acres of gentle hills studded with beautiful oak trees on the boarder of Woodside and Menlo Park. Its facilities, setting and terrain have made a perfect venue for equestrian activities. We are lucky to have it.