About the VRHA
The Victorian Reining Horse Association Inc. (VRHA) was formed in 1991.  The VRHA is an Affiliate of Reining Australia (RA) and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA America)
The VRHA run shows and training clinics at venues located throughout Victoria as well as social functions for its members with annually showcasing the Victorian State Championship Show & Southern Derby Spectacular at the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, Werribee, Victoria.
Entry level competition is available for those starting out in Reining and to gain experience and confidence to compete in the National Reining Horse Association sanctioned categories.  The youth program is supported and encouraged by the VRHA.


A.GENERAL - To rein a horse is 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

and dictated to completely.

  • Jim Willoughby
  • NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee      



Reining is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports today. Reining is the Western equestrian sport that displays horses and riders in an exciting and stylish way with its purpose to show the horses athletisicm, smoothness, finesse, obediance and attitude. Riders guide the horse through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops.  All work is done at the lope and gallop.  Reining horses are presented to a judge demonstrating the athletic ability of a ranch horse.  Judged individually as they compete these specific patterns, one or more judges will score each horse.
The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has approved Reining as an Internation sport.  Reining is the first and only Western riding spot to achieve this status.  Western Reining has now become an event at the World Equestrian Games.
Reining Competition
A Reining competition is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a horse within the confines a show arena. Contestants are required to run one of the approved 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 that are the hallmark of the reining horse.  The judging system is recognised as the leading format for judging an equine event that combines technical and stylistic elements coupled with consideration of  'degree of difficulty".
Each pattern begins with a score of 70.  The scoring system then adds or subtracts .5 to 1.5 on each maneuver, as the judge watches the horses execution of the pattern, a scribe keeps track of each judges score on a score sheet.  Scores are tabulated and announced at the end of each run.  Credits are given for smoothness, attitude, finesse, quickness and authority when performing the various maneuvers. 
Controlled speed in the pattern raises the level of difficulty and makes the Reining horse more exciting and pleasing to watch.  Increased level of difficulty is rewarded with higher scores if the maneuvers are still performed correctly...
Reining, one of the most popular and fastest growing Equine events in the world.





Pattern A

Pattern B

  VRHA Entry Level Reining Modified Patterns 

Pattern 5A

Pattern 6A

Pattern 13A

Pattern 14A

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