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President’s Message It is my honor to serve as your President for the next two years. I am happy to report that over the past 3 years the club has grown and is very sound financially. I attribute this growth to the hard work and dedication of our Board, our Officers, and the leadership of our past President – Dave Belson. Well done Dave! As we embark on a new year I believe it is appropriate to reflect on the purpose of our club and how we intend to move forward during the next two years. The AzRHA was formed primarily to provide non-pro Arizona reiner’s with a venue where they could start at the green as grass level’s and through the guidance of the many excellent trainers we have right here in Arizona, if they desired and at their own pace, move up the ranks with the ultimate goal being to become a level 4 open non-pro rider. Since we have many of reining’s finest trainers within the jurisdiction of our club it is also important that we have open professional classes so that our professional trainers have a venue where they can compete with their horses to warm them up for a major affiliate or NRHA sponsored shows. MOST IMPORTANT, We have always prided ourselves on our unique ability to always welcome new reiners or people considering becoming reiners to become a member of our club, enjoy our shows and participate. Reining is a fabulous sport and it is a lot of fun.  Living in the heart of the West we believe that everyone in our club’s jurisdiction should participate and enjoy the sport of reining. To not do so is to miss out on half of the Arizona experience and way of life. So even if you have never ridden a horse but have always dreamed of doing so, the AzRHA is your home and we WELCOME YOU! We have exciting plans for the next two years. First and foremost we will continue to make our shows both enjoyable and challenging for all of our members. We are fortunate to have one of the country’s best equine facilities right here in Scottsdale – WestWorld, where we will continue to have our shows. A new twist that we will be incorporating are special events designed specifically for spectator enjoyment. These events will be short and exciting for exhibitor and spectator alike. We are going to reach out to our sister organizations here in Arizona specializing in other disciplines, such as working cow, ranch pleasure, and ranch versatility, so we can combine resources and introduce more equestrians to reining and reiners to other western saddle disciplines where the reining horse can successfully compete. In October 2013 we created the Best of the West Reining Extravaganza. An annual show where, among other events, we started our own Open and Non-Pro Futurities. We intend to continue to grow this show drawing participants from other clubs and states so that our members will have the opportunity to compete against their fellow reining brethren from all over the South West Region. Hopefully, in time we will be able to make the Best of the West be considered a major affiliate show. Finally, I want to extend on behalf of all of our membership a very warm and sincere thank you to all of the sponsors of our club. They are listed on this web site and I urge all of our members to support them as they support us. See you all at the shows; and when you compete, may your turns be swift, your circles be fast, your stops be long, and remember what I always say: God must have been in a really great mood the day He created horses. Respectfully, Michael Miola  
AzRHA Spring Stampede  Regional Affiliate Qualifier #2 February 27  March 1, 2015  WestWorld of Scottsdale
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.
Judge:  Ryan Kail Show Manager:  Garrett Cooper Show Secretary:  Heidi Lane Videogapher:  Blue Moon Studios Photographer:  Glynn Thrower
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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.
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