A couple of years ago, I showed you the Slide portion of the CNY Reining Horse Association’s Ride and Slide competition at the NY State Fairground’s Coliseum arena. Thought I would show you the Ride part from this year’s show.
That was also the time I had borrowed a friend’s Nikon D700 FX dSLR camera. Now, with my own, I think I improved on my results. Using the same Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens as before. Have I said lately this is the best lens in the world? Thought so!
Riders show their skill in doing a pattern at different fast gaits by first loping and then going at full gallup. The audience really got into it as the faster the rider went, the louder the cheers were.
On Saturday night of the CNYRHA show, they have the Freestyle class. Each competitor does a three to five minute routine performed to music. Costuming of the rider and horse is allowed and adds to the fun. Like this “bride” performing a turnaround move which are fast 360 degree spins around a horse’s stationary hind leg. “She” came in first in the Pro division.
Still, the most exciting and crowd pleasing part of reining horse shows are the slides. With dirt flying and the horse’s forelegs getting ready to dig in, this rider got a long and successful slide in during their class. Something the judges are looking for.
If you can attend a reining horse event, be prepared to see both horse and human atheletes compete as a team in fast and entertaining events. I can only imagine the time it must take to build up the trust of an animal to perform at such a high level.