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of international competitions has grown impressively from 3 in
2001 to 43 in 2005.
The Reining competition in Aachen will take place according to
the following schedule:
Friday, 1 September, 10h00 - 16h15
Sunday, 3 September, 11h15 - 14h15
For the sport of REINING, the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games
in Aachen will be the second edition running where this fast growing
discipline will be showcased. Some of the world’s best reiners
will be vying for the medals and a total purse of EUR 100,000.
EUR 65,000 will be the prize money for the Team Competition, which
will put Reining in second place as far as Team Competition money
Reiners from 22 countries from around the globe will leave their
mark this year. Teams Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech
Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy,
The Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden and USA will be
competing along with individual riders from the Dominican Republic,
Hungary, Mexico, Norway, Poland and the Republic of South Africa.
Open to six-year-old horses and over, the Reining competition
will be run in a one go round format and all Teams and Individuals
will perform on the first day. The top 20 competitors - plus ties
- will qualify for the clean slate Individual Competition.
Teams may be made up of three or four riders. For each rider the
lowest and highest score awarded by the five judges will be dropped
and the three remaining scores will be added. Overall team scores
will be determined by dropping the lowest score earned by a team
member, then adding the remaining three scores for the total.
Should a team have only 3 members, all three scores will be considered.
In order to be able to compete either as a member of a team or
as an individual at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, riders
must have taken part in two FEI Reining competitions held in any
country during the qualifying period. National Federations who
wished to send teams must have competed at a CRIO with a team
during the same period.
For the first time in the history of equestrian sports, an official
Team and Individual Reining Competition was held during the 2002
FEI World Equestrian Games. Eleven countries were represented
with nine full teams: Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great
Britain, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the USA were seen competing.
Three individual riders – two from France and one from The Netherlands
- also showed. Five teams advanced to the finals with Team USA
(Shawn Flarida, Scott McCutcheon, Tom McCutheon, Craig Schmersal)
taking the gold medal, Team Canada (François Gauthier,
Jason Grimshaw, Shawna Sapergia, Patrice St-Onge) claiming silver
and Team Italy (Dario Carmignani, Nic Cordioli, Marco Manzi, Adriano
Meacci) taking the bronze.
In the Individual Competition the USA was once again seen on the
highest step of the podium with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Shawn
Flarida, riding San Jo Freckles, claiming the gold medal. Second
place honours along with the silver medal went to Tom McCutcheon
aboard Conquistador Whiz for USA and the bronze medal was awarded
to Canadian rider Shawna Sapergia riding Pretty Much Eagle.
WHAT IS REINING AND HOW IT WORKS
Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability
of a western type horse in the confines of a show arena. In reining
competition, competitors are required to run one of several 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, back ups and the exciting sliding stops that
are the hallmark of the reining horse. Despite the seemingly relaxed
attitude of both horse and rider and the loose reins typical of
the discipline, Reining is a high level competition sport requiring
concentration and high riding competence.
Reiners in Aachen will be performing pattern number 8 in the Team
Competition and pattern number 9 in the Individual Competition.
The full description of the patterns is available in the FEI Rules
for Reining Events published on the FEI website (direct link http://www.horsesport.org/R/r_04_01.html).
Horses are judged individually as they complete one of the ten
specified patterns. Judges score each horse between 0 and infinity
with 70 denoting an average score. Each horse automatically begins
the pattern with a 70. The judge can either add or deduct up to
1 and 1/2 points on each manoeuvre, in half-point increments,
based on the ‘quality’ of the manoeuvre. Penalties are also allocated
for minor deviations from the pattern whilst major deviations
result in a zero score for the go. As the judges watch the execution
of the pattern, individual scribes keep track of each judge's
manoeuvre scores on a score sheet as well as penalty marks. Scores
are tabulated and announced at the end of each run. The judge's
sheets with individual manoeuvre scores, penalties, and total
scores are then posted for the benefit of the competitors and
spectators following each class.
In scoring, credit is given for smoothness, finesse, attitude,
quickness and authority when performing the various manoeuvres.
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 manoeuvres are performed correctly.
The National Reining Horse Association Handbook states: "To
rein a horse is not only to guide him, but to control his every
movement." Unchanged since 1966, that statement serves as
the definitive guide to the judging of reining events.
Five international FEI judges will be in the chair in Aachen:
Ralf Hesselschwerdt from Germany, Sylvia Katschker from Austria,
Jan Boogaerts from Belgium, Patti Carter from Canda and Allen
Mitchels from the USA.
The required movements in Reining are:
Walk-in: brings the horse from the gate to the centre of the arena
to begin its pattern; should appear relaxed and confident.
Stop: the act of slowing the horse from a lope to a stop position
by bringing the hind legs under the horse in a locked position
sliding on the hind feet.
Spin: a series of 360-degree turns, executed over a stationary
(inside) hind leg; location of hind quarters should be fixed at
the start and maintained throughout the spin.
Rollback: a 180-degree reversal of forward motion completed by
running to a stop, turning the shoulders back to the opposite
direction and departing at a canter, as a continuous motion.
Circle: done at the lope, of designated size and speed; demonstrates
control, willingness to guide and degree of difficulty in speed
and speed changes.
Hesitate: act of demonstrating horse's ability to stand in a relaxed
manner at a designated time in the pattern; horse should be motionless
Lead change: act of changing the leading legs of the front and
rear pairs, at a lope, when changing direction.
Run-down and Run-around: demonstrate control and gradual increase
of speed to the stop.
In the last few years, Reining has prospered as one of the most
popular equine sports in the world.
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