About Us

Reining Alberta was established in 1993 to serve reiners in Alberta by providing a place for them to showcase their talents, to learn new skills, and TO PROMOTE, DEVELOP, AND ENHANCE THE SPORT OF REINING WITHIN OUR PROVINCE.


After the first year, Reining Alberta began the Spring Classic, a June show that has become one of the largest, highest paying, and most popular reining shows in Western Canada. In 2006, the first Summer Classic, a July show came on board to provide our members with another opportunity to show their horses in a great, supportive atmosphere. The year 2007 brought yet further expansion to the show series with the Fall Classic. Held in the fall, this show has become a venue to showcase three year old futurity horses, and allow members to compete once more in Alberta.


There are currently three branches within Reining Alberta. These branches have been established to help facilitate the administration of our programs on a province wide basis. Areas that the branches service are approximate, as any member may attend any Reining Alberta function across the province, regardless of the branch. The South Branch services the area from Red Deer to the US border, the North Branch services the area between Red Deer and Edmonton, and the Peace Country Branch services the far North Area of the province, and as of 2007 extends into northern BC. 

The branches have developed their local Branch Show Circuits for which all levels of reiners may compete for Year End High Point Awards, and as well offer Clinics at affordable prices.


Several other “RA” programs have been developed throughout the years, including the evergrowing Sire Incentive Program, the Youth Development Program, the Verla Dortch Youth Memorial Award, and the Classic Show Series High Point Award. Reining Alberta is proud to distribute a large and informative newsletter, the Rundown throughout the year, keeping the entire membership up to date with all the latest reining news.


Reining Alberta annually kicks off the reining year with an Open Rider Training the Trainer Seminar, traditionally held in February. Established as a way to thank the professional trainers who have sponsored and donated within our organization, it also offers an educational opportunity for the entire membership. Open riders participating in the clinics as well as the crowds of nonpro spectators have learned the latest techniques from NRHA reiners such as Craig Schmersal, Shawn Flarida, Francois Gauthier, Andrea Fappani, Duane Latimer, Brent Wright and Jordan Larson.


In 2013 Reining Alberta celebrated its 20th Anniversary as an Association, we have come a long ways since the early days, here's a look at some of our milestones:

1993 - Reining Alberta was formed

1994 - First Spring Classic was run

1998 - Spring Classic was run as an NRHA approved show for the first time

2004 - First Open Rider Clinic was run

2006 - First Summer Classic was run

2007 - First Fall Classic was introduced and the Peace Branch was formed

2013 -  Reining Alberta celebrated its 20th Anniversary as an Association

2015 - Host of Western Canadian Regional Affiliate Championships & Introduction of new Performance Program


What is Reining?

Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena. In NRHA competition, contestants are required to run one of ten approved patterns, included in the NRHA Handbook. 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. A higher score is obtained by increasing the "degree of difficulty" of each manuever.

(Credit: NRHA website)

The NHRA has prepared an excellent Tour Guide on getting started in Reining it can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mario Boisjoli prepared "A Pocket Handbook for Reininers" for the NRHAIt provides many answers to questions you may have if you are just starting out in Reining or are interested in giving it a try. Please see link below:

New Member Orientation

Reining Alberta has prepared an orientation guide to help answer some of our members commonly asked questions. We hope you find it helpful!

New Member Orientation Guide


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