More Common Questions

Please take a moment and enjoy the answers to these questions. If you still have more questions and would like to ask one of the Committee members, please scroll down the page for further contact information.

What is Reining?

To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely. Any movement on his own must be considered a lack of control. All deviations from the exact written pattern must be considered a lack of or temporary loss of control: and therefore, a fault that must be marked down according to severity of deviation. After deducting all faults set here within, against execution of the pattern and the horse’s overall performance, credit should be given for smoothness, finesse, attitude, quickness and authority of performing various maneuvers, while using controlled speed which raises the difficulty level and makes him more exciting and pleasing to watch to an audience.

What classes do you offer?

OBBO offers a whole range of classes. Beginner to Professional Competition,  NRHA and ORHA classes, OBBO Two Year Old Reining Pleasure, OBBO Three Year Old Futurity, OBBO Graduate Derby for 4-5-6 Year Olds, Pleasure /Reining Combo, Graduate Award.

Do I have to be a member?

Yes you do. You will need to be a member of  NRHA  for NRHA class plus your horse will need an NRHA Competition License and a ORHA member for the ORHA class. OBBO Two year Old Reining Pleasure class you will need a OBBO Associate Membership. OBBO Three Year Old Futurity and OBBO Graduate Derby classes you will need an NRHA and an ORHA membership to Show. There are some class that don’t require a membership and they are listed on the Show Schedules.

Where to find more about Ontario Reining Shows?

Ontario Reining Horse Association website at: