To rein a horse is to not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance. Any movement on his own must be considered a lack of control. All deviations from the exact written pattern must be considered a lack of/or temporarily loss of control and therefore should be penalized accordingly. Credit should be given for smoothness, willing attitude, quickness and authority of performing various maneuvers.<br />Class Description<br />
<ul><li>Each horse and rider team are judged separately
Judges mark each maneuver for quality and subtract penalty points is necessary for every maneuver in the pattern
Judges use score sheets to show penalties and quality scores for each maneuver
Each rider enters the ring with a score of “70” which denotes an average score , judges will add or subtract points from that score through maneuver performances & penalties
There are 7-8 maneuvers per pattern </li></ul>Judging Reining Classes <br />
10 Approved AQHA Reining Patterns<br />(See AQHA Rule Book for More Detailed Info.)<br /><ul><li>Patterns should be worked as stated, not as drawn
The drawn pattern is just to give the general idea of what the pattern will look like in the arena.
All horses will be judged immediately upon entering the arena and judging will cease after the last maneuver. Any fault incurred prior to the commencement of the pattern will be scored according to the rules of judging.
All judges decisions are final </li></ul>Patterns<br />
Lead Changes</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Maneuver scores are subjective to the judges opinion and may vary from judge to judge. The most important factor as a judge is to determine what deserves a “Plus or a Minus” and must be consistent from horse to horse. Maneuver scores are to be determined independently of penalty points. (accuracy) </li></ul>Scoring Maneuvers<br />
Rollbacks<br />180 degree reversal of forward motion completed by running to a stop, rolling the shoulders back in the opposite direction over the hocks, and departing at the lope.<br />Snappy, free of hesitation, with a slight pause allowed to regain footing.<br />
Sliding Stops<br />Longer, deeper slides are preferred. <br />Brings horse from lope to stop, with the hocks close to the ground while walking out on the forehand. Horse should end the stop by bending the back, bringing the hind legs under the body while maintaining forward motion and cadence with the front legs.<br />
Backups<br />Horse is moved in reverse motion in a straight line a required distance, at least ten feet.<br />Straight and fast, tucking the nose and flexing at the poll.<br />