Reining Alberta was established in 1993 to serve reiners in Alberta by providing a place for them to showcase their talents, to learn new skills, and TO PROMOTE, DEVELOP, AND ENHANCE THE SPORT OF REINING WITHIN OUR PROVINCE.
OUR CLASSIC SHOWS
After the first year, Reining Alberta began the Spring Classic, a June show that has become one of the largest, highest paying, and most popular reining shows in Western Canada. In 2006, the first Summer Classic, a July show came on board to provide our members with another opportunity to show their horses in a great, supportive atmosphere. The year 2007 brought yet further expansion to the show series with the Fall Classic. Held in the fall, this show has become a venue to showcase three year old futurity horses, and allow members to compete once more in Alberta.
OUR BRANCH CIRCUITS
There are currently three branches within Reining Alberta. These branches have been established to help facilitate the administration of our programs on a province wide basis. Areas that the branches service are approximate, as any member may attend any Reining Alberta function across the province, regardless of the branch. The South Branch services the area from Red Deer to the US border, the North Branch services the area between Red Deer and Edmonton, and the Peace Country Branch services the far North Area of the province, and as of 2007 extends into northern BC. The branches have developed their local Branch Show Circuits for which all levels of reiners may compete for Year End High Point Awards, and as well offer Clinics at affordable prices.
OUR MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS
Several other “RA” programs have been developed throughout the years, including the evergrowing Sire Incentive Program, the Youth Development Program, the Verla Dortch Youth Memorial Award, and the Classic Show Series High Point Award. Reining Alberta is proud to distribute a large and informative newsletter, the Rundown throughout the year, keeping the entire membership up to date with all the latest reining news.
OUR OPEN RIDER TRAINING SEMINAR
Reining Alberta annually kicks off the reining year with an Open Rider Training the Trainer Seminar, traditionally held in February. Established as a way to thank the professional trainers who have sponsored and donated within our organization, it also offers an educational opportunity for the entire membership. Open riders participating in the clinics as well as the crowds of nonpro spectators have learned the latest techniques from NRHA reiners such as Craig Schmersal, Shawn Flarida, Francois Gauthier, Andrea Fappani, Duane Latimer, Brent Wright and Jordan Larson.