Reining Patterns

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) defines 10 reining patterns that can be used in sanctioned competition, as well as an eleventh pattern for 10 and under youth (“short stirrup”) events. Each pattern is a variation on a set number of required maneuvers including large fast circles, small slow circles, spins in both directions, flying lead changes, roll backs, sliding stops, and backup. All of these patterns are to be completed one handed in an approved NRHA bit.

Patterns 1 through 10 are shown below (click on the thumbnail for a larger view) and are also available in the NHRA Pattern Book, along with pattern 11.

These patterns are presented here for reference only and should not be considered official documentation of NHRA reining patterns. Please consult current guidelines and documents from NHRA and other sanctioning bodies for official patterns and rules.