October 25, 2013
The 2013 AQHA World Championship Show will feature a Para-Reining seminar and demonstration class.
For the very first time, a Para-Reining clinic and demonstration class will be featured at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show. The educational seminar is slated for November 14 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, with the Para-Reining demonstration class set for November 15. This also marks for the first Para-Reining class to ever be held within the United States para-equestrian system, and launches the effort to bring the discipline for equestrians with disabilities as a fully recognized sport in 2014.
The Para-Reining movement is driven by a collaboration between AQHA; USA Reining, the official sport affiliate for the western discipline of Reining within the international structure of horse sports; the United States Para-Equestrian Association; and the National Reining Horse Association.
Both affiliates of the United States Equestrian Federation, the national governing body for equestrian sports in the United States, USA Reining and USPEA strive to ensure Para-Reining rules and competitions are in line with events hosted at stakeholder shows, chiefly USA Reining founding partners AQHA and NRHA. AQHA will add reining classes into its existing and thriving Equestrians With Disabilities program, and NRHA will work to do the same with a newly launched disabled riders program. Once complete, the integration will allow any Para-Reining event to be multi-approved by any or all of the interested groups, allowing athletes a virtual smorgasbord of options for competitive development.
USA Reining and USPEA provide the key pipeline to high-performance competition at the international level. A main goal is for Para-Reining athletes to one day earn a spot to represent their nation at an international Para-Reining championships.
The aim of the USPEA is to foster growth in the para-equestrian disciplines. From local horse shows to international Para-Olympic games, USPEA provides para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed. USPEA connects with the International Para-Olympic Committee, the Federation Equestre Internationale, USA Reining and USEF, which provide para-equestrians the top equestrian resources.
For more information about attending the USA Reining-USPEA Para-Reining clinic and demonstration class at the AQHA World Championship Show, including the schedule, entry form and more, email Brad@HPowerInc.com.
For more information about USA Reining, visit www.USA-Reining.com.
And for a tentative schedule of all the events at this year’s AQHA World Show, visit www.aqha.com/worldshow.