Monday, June 8, 2009

Penalties in Reining

With a few of us heading to the WCRA reining show in Kamloops this weekend, I thought it might be a good idea to review how penalty points are given in a reining class. Once again I have found this information on Lynda Smith's forum on her "Manestream Reining" site. Thanks, Lynda-This is good information! (

Penalties in Reining 

This is just a guideline, get a current copy of the NRHA Rule Book for full details.

1/2 point penalty

a) a delayed change of lead by one stride 
b) starting a circle at a jog
c) exiting a rollback at a jog up to 2 strides 
d) for over or under spinning up to 1/8 of a turn
e) failure to remain 20 feet away from the wall or fence when approaching a stop or rollback.

1 point penalty

 a) each time a horse is out of lead, a judge is required to penalize by 1 point. The penalty for being out of lead is accummulative, so the judge will add 1 penalty point for each 1/4 of the circumference of a circle that the horse is out of lead. 
cool.gif for over or under spinning up to 1/4 of a turn 

2 point penalty

a) break of gait
b) freezing up in spins or rollbacks
c) on walk in patterns, cantering prior to reaching center of the arena and/or failure to stop or walk before executing a canter departure
d) on run in patterns, failure to be in a canter prior to reaching the first marker
e) if a horse does not completely pass the specified marker before initiating a stop
** f) at a circle departure or when exiting a rollback, jogging beyond two strides but less than 1/2 circle or 1/2 the length of the arena.

5 point penalty

a) spurring in front of the cinch
b) use of either hand to instill fear or praise
c) holding the saddle with either hand
d) blatant disobedience including kicking, biting, bucking, rearing and striking

Score 0

a) failure to complete pattern as written
b)use of two hands(expect in classes designated for 2 hands) or changing hands
c) use of romal other than as outlined in rule book
d) use of more than index finger or first finger between the reins
e) performing maneuvers other than in specified order
f) the inclusion of maneuvers not specified, including but no limited to backing more than 2 strides
g) equipment failure that delays completion of pattern
h) balking or refusal of command where pattern is delayed
i) running away or failing to guide
** j) jogging in excess of 1/2 a circle or 1/2 the length of the arena
k) fall to the ground by the horse or rider
l) dropping a rein to the ground while the horse is in motion
m) failure to have the correct exhibitor number displayed
n) failure to wear appropriate western attire, (boots, long sleeved shirt, hat)
o) turning more than 90 degrees

No Score

a) break the law in regards to exhibition or care of animals
b) abuse of an animal in the show arena or evidence that abuse has occurred
c) use of illegal bits and equipment
d) use of whips or bats
e) use of any atachment which alters the movement of the tail
h) failure to dismount and drop the bridle to designated judge
i) disrespect or misconduct by the exhibitor
j) judge may excuse a horse at any time for unsafe or improper exhibition


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