U.S. Reining Team

“Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse in the confines of a show arena. In Reining competitions, contestants are required to run one of several approved patterns which are divided into seven or eight manoeuvre groups. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, rollbacks over the hocks, a series of 360 degree spins done in place, and the exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.” - Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)

Reining became an FEI discipline in 2000. Since the discipline’s inception at the 2002 WEG (Jerez de la Frontera, Spain) the U.S. Reining Team has won the gold medal at all four Games. The U.S. has won a total of nine individual medals, three gold, four silver, and two bronze, and has made an appearance on the podium at all four of the past WEGs, as well.  

Monday Reining Recap - U.S. Leads Team and Individual Competition

by Mark Coley | Aug 25, 2014, 5:30 PM EST

The Adequan U.S. Reining Squad got competition underway at the Caen Exhibition Center with the first half of the 82 horse-and-athlete combinations completing FEI Pattern Six in the Team Championship and First Individual Qualifier. After strong performances on Monday from all three American athletes, the U.S. has high hopes to defend their Team Gold and Individual Gold and Silver medal performances from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky. Riding as an Individual, Troy...

Larson Follows Fappani's Lead and Helps Reining Team Grab Top Spot

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 25, 2014, 9:27 AM EST

The second team rider for the U.S. Reining Team, Jordan Larson, followed Andrea Fappani's excellent leading ride with an impressive showing on HF Mobster. The pair scored a 221.0, and have put the U.S. team in the lead halfway through team competition. USEF has posted a video of Jordan & Mobster on Instagram .

Fappani Takes Early Reining Lead

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 25, 2014, 7:12 AM EST

Andrea Fappani & Custom Cash Advance earned down a big score for U.S. Reining Monday morning in Caen. Fappani was 13th rider to complete the first pattern and nailed it with a 224.0 score. "I went in and tried to do the best I could. Overall it was great!" Great enough to have him in the lead 1/4 of the way through round one, and starts the U.S. team off well.

All Reining Horses Pass Jog

by Andrew Minnick | Aug 24, 2014, 7:48 AM EST

The U.S. Reining Horses have all passed insection and are ready for competition to begin at 2:40am ET (8:40am ET local time) with the first round of team competition and individual qualfying. More information about reining at #WEG2014 is online here: http://www.normandy2014.com/2014-games/the-disciplines/7/reining