The National Reining Horse Association recently partnered with Reining Horse Sports Foundation to implement an Adaptive Reining Program in 2014 for para-equestrians.
NRHA will now approve and recognize adaptive reining classes to offer an inclusive, safe and fun environment. With the prevalence of Paint Horses in the reining discipline, you are sure to see some extra chrome in these classes.
“I’m very excited to be able to expand the access to the sport of reining. The thrill of experiencing reining is amazing. NRHA is very happy to provide an avenue in which we can welcome para-equestrians with the Adaptive Reining Program,” NRHA President Beth Himes said.
The inaugural classes will be held on February 28 at the 2014 Florida Classic hosted by the Florida Reining Association.
A benefit auction will take place February 27-29. The FRHA is looking for items to benefit the NRHA Adaptive Riding Program. Items may be sent to FRHA at 2330 NW 140th St., Citra, FL 32113. Contact the FRHA directly for more information.
Per the NRHA Rulebook, contestants in adaptive classes will follow the NRHA Pattern 12, labled their “Short Stirrup Pattern” or another “relaxed pattern” that includes at least one sliding stop, one circle in each direction and two spins in each direction. Gaits may include the walk, trot and/or lope.
APHA has long encouraged the growth of therapeutic programs and competition for those with physical and mental disabilities. The American Paint Horse Foundation provides two scholarships each year for instructors seeking certification through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Additionally, APHF offers scholarships to Wounded Warriors interested in becoming certified PATH instructors.
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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.