Why Reining is no longer an FEI sport

As recently as this fall, at the World Equestrian Games, reining was a big draw and the US team brought home gold. But that’s over now that the FEI has severed its ties with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Reining is no longer an FEI-recognized sport. So […]

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Laura Sumrall wins Word Freestyle Reining Championship

At the same time that eventers were glued to the USEF’s coverage of Rolex, the Kentucky Horse Park hosted another big event — the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup. The ride shown above by 22-year old Laura Sumrall and her horse Wimpy Top Model, won the 2015 Freestyle Reining Championship — which seems to be the […]

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Now I want to ride a cutting horse . . .

This horse is like a cat she’s so quick on her feet. And she is amazing at how she anticipates where that cow is going. Not an easy thing to stay with. Kudos to the rider for staying out of her way.

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No rider required: This horse knows its job!

This cutting horse certainly doesn’t need any help from a rider! Cutting horses are impressive. They just intuitively know which way a cow will run and manage to get their first. My impression is that these horse are bred with cow sense — it’s not something you can teach.  

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Here’s the Second Pas de Deux Video . . . an East Meets West

I have a vivid memory of posting this video, but my link in the camel dressage video goes to something different and when I searched my archives, I couldn’t find this one. So, this isn’t quite as dramatic as a camel and a horse; it’s two horses but from seemingly very different disciplines, dressage and […]

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No Bit, No Bridle, No Saddle!

Last week I posted a video that showed riders competing bareback in a Puissance jumping class. In the same vein, here is an example of a rider that has trained his horses to perform many of the movements of the Spanish Riding School without using a bit, bridle or saddle! I will not bicker with […]

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