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President’s Message Dear fellow members, I have some pretty exciting news to report: 1. Our Spring Stampede (2/27 – 3/1) was a tremendous success. Entries were higher than ever before, the weather held, and a great time was had by all. I saw some new faces which was great and want to wish all of our new members a BIG WELCOME!!! We had a record number of youth entries – 24, achieving scores as high as a 75 ½ Whoo Hoo. Our youth club also sponsored an egg and spoon race that raised over $1,100 for the youth club. Thank you so much to all our generous donors… and to Barb Townsend, who donated 100% of her winnings back to the youth!  Our youth riders represent the future of our sport so we must always do everything we can to help keep them involved. 2. On May 2nd and 3rd Clinton Anderson is coming to WestWorld. The AzRHA has teamed up with the NRHA to sponsor a booth to introduce all attendees to reining.  Should be a lot of fun.  We are going to be given a dozen tickets to raffle off, once we receive them we will provide raffle details on this web site and FB page. 3. Our annual Silver Spurs Mother’s Day Slide is coming up. The show will be held May 6th through the 10th at WestWorld. This is a two slate show and Regional Affiliate Finals qualifier.  Show information will be posted on this web site soon so stay tuned. This is our big show and I hope all members will participate. 4. Here is some very exciting news: This year we are combining our Best of the West Reining Extravaganza with the AzQHA Fall Championship show. The show will be held October 6th through the 11th at WestWorld.  This will be a great way for AQHA riders and NRHA riders to meet and try their horses at different kinds of events. In addition, since we are going to have a one slate show, a second jackpotted class will be available that will run concurrent with all classes so riders can have their run count twice for AzRHA club points and year-end awards.  We are expecting a great turn out so get ready to strut your stuff! Respectfully, Michael Miola  
AZRHA Silver Spurs Mother's Day Slide May 6-10th WestWorld of Scottsdale  Judges: Bob Kail Karen McCuistion Dave Belson  Garrett Cooper:  Show Manager Track One Events:  Show Secretary  for complete show information please visit our Event Schedule page
Arizona Reining Horse Association From days long ago when cowboys would casually compete with each other to determine whose horse was a better, more willing partner, the sport of Reining has exploded into a multi-million dollar industry world-wide. Reining is the only western discipline to be recognized by the IFE and it was a featured event in the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. If you have not seen a Reining Horse run his pattern, you are missing out! Around the world, the premier Reining events are drawing larger and larger crowds. This is partly due to the excitement that Reining provides for the participant and spectator alike. Reining is a judged event requiring competitors to complete one of 12 approved patterns in an arena. These precise patterns include small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360 degree spins done in place, and “the hallmark” of the reining horse, the exciting sliding stops. Often called the "Dressage" of Western events, Reining is the ultimate blend of horse and rider, combining speed and maneuverability through this series of intricate patterns. Reining requires the horse to be responsive and completely in tune with its rider. Cues and commands should not be easily visible. The reining pattern is judged based on how willfully guided the horse responds and its ability to perform the required movements.  The Arizona Reining Horse Association (AzRHA) was founded in 1984 as an Affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).  The AzRHA is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and growing the sport of Reining in the state of Arizona and beyond.  The AzRHA adheres to the rules and regulations of the NRHA and provides a forum for exhibitors, breeders, and anyone interested in the sport of Reining. THE AzRHA ANNUAL MEETING will be held during the November Autumn Slide Show. Plan on attending this quick meeting for an update about our Non-Profit Organization. All AzRHA Members are encouraged to attend. Photo credit: Cam Essik.
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 Arizona Reining Horse Association From days long ago when cowboys would casually compete with each other to determine whose horse was a better, more willing partner, the sport of Reining has exploded into a multi-million dollar industry world-wide. Reining is the only western discipline to be recognized by the IFE and it was a featured event in the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. If you have not seen a Reining Horse run his pattern, you are missing out! Around the world, the premier Reining events are drawing larger and larger crowds. This is partly due to the excitement that Reining provides for the participant and spectator alike. Reining is a judged event requiring competitors to complete one of 12 approved patterns in an arena. These precise patterns include small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360 degree spins done in place, and “the hallmark” of the reining horse, the exciting sliding stops. Often called the "Dressage" of Western events, Reining is the ultimate blend of horse and rider, combining speed and maneuverability through this series of intricate patterns. Reining requires the horse to be responsive and completely in tune with its rider. Cues and commands should not be easily visible. The reining pattern is judged based on how willfully guided the horse responds and its ability to perform the required movements.  The Arizona Reining Horse Association (AzRHA) was founded in 1984 as an Affiliate of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA).  The AzRHA is a not- for-profit organization committed to promoting and growing the sport of Reining in the state of Arizona and beyond.  The AzRHA adheres to the rules and regulations of the NRHA and provides a forum for exhibitors, breeders, and anyone interested in the sport of Reining. THE AzRHA ANNUAL MEETING will be held during the November Autumn Slide Show. Plan on attending this quick meeting for an update about our Non-Profit Organization. All AzRHA Members are encouraged to attend. Photo credit: Cam Essik.
©Copyright 2015 Arizona Reining Horse Association. All rights reserved
President’s Message Dear fellow members, I have some pretty exciting news to report: 1. Our Spring Stampede (2/27 – 3/1) was a tremendous success. Entries were higher than ever before, the weather held, and a great time was had by all. I saw some new faces which was great and want to wish all of our new members a BIG WELCOME!!! We had a record number of youth entries – 24, achieving scores as high as a 75 ½ Whoo Hoo. Our youth club also sponsored an egg and spoon race that raised over $1,100 for the youth club. Thank you so much to all our generous donors… and to Barb Townsend, who donated 100% of her winnings back to the youth!  Our youth riders represent the future of our sport so we must always do everything we can to help keep them involved. 2. On May 2nd and 3rd Clinton Anderson is coming to WestWorld. The AzRHA has teamed up with the NRHA to sponsor a booth to introduce all attendees to reining.  Should be a lot of fun.  We are going to be given a dozen tickets to raffle off, once we receive them we will provide raffle details on this web site and FB page. 3. Our annual Silver Spurs Mother’s Day Slide is coming up. The show will be held May 6th through the 10th at WestWorld. This is a two slate show and Regional Affiliate Finals qualifier.  Show information will be posted on this web site soon so stay tuned. This is our big show and I hope all members will participate. 4. Here is some very exciting news: This year we are combining our Best of the West Reining Extravaganza with the AzQHA Fall Championship show. The show will be held October 6th through the 11th at WestWorld.  This will be a great way for AQHA riders and NRHA riders to meet and try their horses at different kinds of events. In addition, since we are going to have a one slate show, a second jackpotted class will be available that will run concurrent with all classes so riders can have their run count twice for AzRHA club points and year- end awards.  We are expecting a great turn out so get ready to strut your stuff! Respectfully, Michael Miola