July 17, 2015

Once again we draw your attention to the annual Reigning By the Bay Event. This year it will be held July 20 – 26. The event will be at the Woodside Horse Park and the competition is always fierce. It is an official National Horse Reining Association (NHRA) event with many exhibitors and trainers.

“Reining” is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena. In an NRHA competition, contestants are required to run a pattern from the NRHA Handbook guiding or controlled what appears to be effortlessly. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360 degree spins done in place, and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse. 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.

Situated on 272 gently rolling, oak-studded acres on the border of Menlo Park and Woodside, California, the Woodside Horse Park’s facilities, terrain and beautiful setting have made it the ideal venue for equestrian activities including Horse Trials, Pony Club Ratings, Dressage, Arena Polo, Hunter/Jumper Shows and Western Reining.

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