Demystifying one of the world’s most exciting and fastest-growing equestrian sports, this thorough guide is an essential asset to competitors new to horse reining competition. In addition to explanations of basic maneuvers and patterns, the manual includes the history of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and information about how judges are trained and score performances. A competition diary offers a variety of suggestions for setting goals, a table for tracking earnings, a calendar for scheduling events, and some important contact information for NRHA and its international affiliates. Answering questions such as Does the rider's body position affect the score? How early should children start reining? and What are the "Rookie Days?" this comprehensive guide discusses a wide range of topics, from selecting a trainer or coach and equipment to being the best possible athlete and a rider's first show. With lessons gleaned from successful competitors as well as tips from amateur coaches and top trainers—such as Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon—this ultimate resource offers all the insights needed to slide into the winner's circle.