Congrats to Ed Koehler on Winning the 2013 National Arabian Horse Reining Championship!

Congrats to Ed Koehler on Winning the 2013 National Arabian Horse Reining Championship!

November 7th, 2013

Ed Koehler on (His High Horse :) ) Im Smarty Cat - Performing a Sliding Stop

Congratulations to our Vice President of Sales, Ed Koehler, who won the 2013 National Arabian Horse Reining Championship (50 and over division) held in Oklahoma, competing with his horse CR Kojacque. He also placed in the top 10 in the Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian Reining class (50 and over division), riding his horse Im Smarty Cat.


(Left) Ed Koehler on (his high horse :)) Im Smarty Cat – performing a “sliding stop” maneuver.

A little background…

Arabian Horses

One of the most popular breeds in America, Arabian horses were bred and raised in the deserts of the Arabian peninsula as war mounts by the Bedouins. Due to centuries of close contact and mutual interdependence with people, Arabians have developed an unequaled ability to bond with humans. Even as foals, the horses have no fear of man and are usually indifferent to sudden noises. The Arabians’ incredible energy, endurance, intelligence and gentle disposition allow riders to excel in equine sports and activities, spending as much time on the trail as at horse shows and other competitions.

What Is Reining?

According to the National Reining Horse Association website, “reining” is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch-type horse within the confines of a show arena. In NRHA competition, contestants are required to run one of ten approved patterns included in the NRHA Handbook.

Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360 degree spins done in place and exciting sliding stops, which are the hallmark of the reining horse.

The NRHA Judging System is recognized as the leading format for judging an equine event that combines technical and stylistic elements coupled with consideration of “degree of difficulty”.

U.S. Nationals – Arabian & Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show

Competitors must compete and win regionally to qualify to attend Nationals – the top 20 riders in the U.S. go on to compete in the Nationals.

Once a rider and horse make it to Nationals, they will compete in 2-3 Semi-Finals, in which competitors are progressively eliminated, whittling the original 20 down to the top 10. This is followed by Finals. The rider who wins in the Finals is named the National Champion.

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