Para-Reining to Debut at AQHA World Championship Show

A new discipline will be on display at the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Championship Show: para-reining.

USA Reining and the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) announced last month that along with the help of the AQHA and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), reining would be introduced as a discipline for para-equestrian athletes.

With the aim of making para-reining a fully recognized sport in 2014, a clinic and educational seminar will take place Nov. 14 in Oklahoma City, Okla. The seminar will be followed by the first-ever para-reining demonstration class on Nov. 15.

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), USA Reining, and USPEA are striving to ensure para-reining rules and competitions are in line with events hosted at AQHA and NRHA shows. AQHA will integrate para-reining into its "Equestrians with Disabilities Program," and NRHA will work to do the same with a newly launched disabled riders program. Over time, para-reining competitors will have a variety of competition options.

The USEF, USA Reining, and USPEA will play a vital role in creating a pipeline to high-performance competition at the international level. A main goal of the effort is that para-reining athletes could one day earn a spot to represent the United States at international para-reining championships.

For more information about attending the USA Reining/USPEA Para-Reining Clinic and Demonstration Class, contact Brad Ettleman of USA Reining at

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