Rookie Reiner: How to Survive and Thrive in the Show Pen

Rookie Reiner: How to Survive and Thrive in the Show Pen

by Heather Cook


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Rookie Reiner: How to Survive and Thrive in the Show Pen by Heather Cook

Demystifying one of the world’s most exciting and fastest-growing equestrian sports, this thorough guide is an essential asset to competitors new to horse reining competition. In addition to explanations of basic maneuvers and patterns, the manual includes the history of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and information about how judges are trained and score performances. A competition diary offers a variety of suggestions for setting goals, a table for tracking earnings, a calendar for scheduling events, and some important contact information for NRHA and its international affiliates. Answering questions such as Does the rider's body position affect the score? How early should children start reining? and What are the "Rookie Days?" this comprehensive guide discusses a wide range of topics, from selecting a trainer or coach and equipment to being the best possible athlete and a rider's first show. With lessons gleaned from successful competitors as well as tips from amateur coaches and top trainers—such as Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon—this ultimate resource offers all the insights needed to slide into the winner's circle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570764141
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Heather Cook has spent several years as an assistant reining trainer, teaches horsemanship lessons, and has worked with world champions Bob and Jason Grimshaw. She is an editorial team member for The Western Horse Review, a monthly columnist for The Quarter Horse News, and an international reining correspondent for She has been published several times in The Reiner, the official publication of the National Reining Horse Association. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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