Spins and stops mingled with original costumes and musical themes make up the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining, one of National Western Stock Show’s crowd favorites. Reining was developed from the moves a cow horse is asked to perform during regular ranch duties. Competitive patterns include spins, stops, rollbacks, speed variations and directional changes. However, unlike standard reining classes which require competitors to perform a specified pattern, freestyle reining allows exhibitors to use costumes, music, themes, props and special effects lighting to add to their presentation.
The National Western Stock Show invites the nation’s top reiners, making the $20,000 RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining unique among any horse show in the world. Even if this is your first horse show, you’re sure to love reining’s elegance and athleticism. [Organizer's description]