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 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Competition, contestants are required to run a pre-selected, approved pattern, 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.
AN EVENT LIKE NO OTHER!
Sixteen riders, including some of the most accomplished NRHA Professionals in the history of Reining, will compete for a purse of $1,000,000. In addition to the MILLION DOLLAR Competition, there is the Cow Horse Challenge, $100,000 Added Open Shoot Out, Cowboy Invitational, Non Pro Reining Championship, Amateur Reining Championship, Bloomer Rookie Level 2 Championship, Rookie Level 1 Championship, Youth Reining Championship, and Youth Reined Cow Horse Championship.
The goal of THE LAST COWBOY and RUN FOR A MILLION is to celebrate the growth of the western lifestyle and western performance equine industry. The inaugural RUN FOR A MILLION has generated an excitement that has spread beyond the world of reining to all western performance horse disciplines — it can be felt at cutting events, cow horse events, and even in the world of rodeo.