This year, the 20th annual Reigning By the Bay Event will be held July 22nd – 28th! The competition was held for the first time at our Woodside Horse Park in 1999. It is a horse lover’s dream. The competition is fierce. The love of and passion for the horses is evident. The event attracts participants and spectators from all over the US and Canada, Brazil and Mexico! It is an official National Horse Reining Association (NHRA) event with many exhibitors and trainers as well.
The NHRA defines reining as Reining as “a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena.” Contestants are required to run one of ten approved reining patterns. 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. The idea is not only to guide the horse, but also to control its every movement.
The mission of our local Reigning By the Bay, Inc. is to elevate public awareness of the sport and to encourage more participation, raise skill levels and educate the public. The event is FREE! The prize money is huge ($350,000)! The horses are beautiful and the people fun!
If you truly love horses and horse people and enjoy watching all that they can do, come on down to the Horse Park at Woodside and enjoy!