About the KRHA

An affiliate of the NRHA, the KRHA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the Reining Horse in Kansas. Our grass roots organization hosts reining, fun shows and clinics, as well as providing information to anyone interested in the reining horse. The association was formed in 1987 and provides a forum for exhibitors, breeders and anyone interested in the sport of Reining.

 What is Reining?

Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse in the confines of a show arena. Often called the “Dressage” of Western events, the Reining Horse event is the ultimate blending of horse and rider, combining speed and maneuverability through a series of intricate patterns.

Reining is the most recent addition to the United States Equestrian Team. This is partly due to the excitement that Reining provides for the participant and spectator alike. Across the country Reining events are drawing larger and larger crowds to the premier events. In NRHA competition, contestants are required to run one of ten approved patterns. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360 degree spins done in place, and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.