Ontario Reining Horse Association

President, Banquet Dan Fletcher

1st Vice-President Rules & Disciplinary John Purdie

2nd Vice-President/ Treasurer Terri Purdie,

Past President Gary Yaghdjian

Elected Director - Secretary

Joanne Milton

Elected Director - Futurity Programs Leona McAtee / ob-

Appointed Director - ORHA Futurity Programs Tracy Nelson

Appointed Directors - Professional Committee Loris Epis Jon Newnham

Appointed Director - Memberships

Janna Imrie -

Appointed Director - Youth Advisor

Rebecca Nelles -

Preparation 101 with Ontario’s ORHA With the arrival of April, comes

muddy boots, shedding of that winter coats, and excitement of photos for this years’ foal crops. There is a skip in the hearts of Ontario Reiners; this means the start to our competitive season must be right around the corner. An opportunity to meet friends and fellow Reiners after our winter hibernation. To allow our equine partners to demonstrate their skills in pens of fresh dirt with cheering sup- portive fans. This year Covid-19 has once again

delayed the start of our beloved season. As everyone in the equine sports know, this chosen path of ours is unpredictable at best.

So, in doing what a

Cowboy/Cowgirl soul would do: is to take this as an opportunity, a few extra weeks to focus on our preparation for that first show. We are blessed in Ontario to have a wealth of Open Riders and Coaches who were willing to share their advice with us for just such an occasion. So, pull up your favorite chair, get com- fortable and you just might find a new tool that fits perfectly in your toolbox.

When preparing for an upcoming

show a lot of aspects come into play for myself and my team. I believe as a trainer/competitor and coach “confi- dence” in and out of the show pen comes from preparation. Preparation for myself and my team means incorporating “A Lot” of factors. Once a showbill with patterns is released myself and my team start our homework! I have my students learn their upcoming patterns well in ad- vance. I feel it’s important for my stu- dents to know where their horse can “score” within that pattern, and how to best execute it for the judge. During these lessons we discuss what is working “best” for the horse and rider at that time. This could mean a number of things, from using a different piece of equipment or more or less leg pressure in a certain maneuver. I have some of the most ded- icated clients on my team. They see the importance and find the time to learn what I have to teach them. When it comes down to “showtime”, I’m there for my clients in every way needed. I reas- sure them we’ve “prepared” for this and whatever happens, we get to “play again” so Have Fun! Loris Epis -Epis Performance Horses Cheltenham, Ontario

When preparing for your class give

yourself time to get you and your horse ready – rushing does not create calmness and rushing to get ready will make you feel less prepared. Now is not the time to change your routine; if you want to use polo wraps instead of boots – practice at home first, not at the show! I usually sug- gest to my clients to prepare for their class 10 horse draws before they go in (about 45 minutes). That way you have plenty of time to warm up and to go over your pattern. Jen Jonas – www.jonasperformance-

Smile & Relax! Enjoy the experi-

ence and don’t worry about the outcome. Stick to you program and don’t get intim- idated by what everyone else is doing in the warm-up pen. Joanne Milton – Rustic Meadows “Reiners for the Future

Everyone must be looking forward to

the returning of the show season. I’m sure. However due to covid-19 pan- demic, dates are uncertain, that’s why we have to keep our athletes well prepared (physically, mentally, and emotionally balanced). Before the show, being well prepared is a key factor for success. Make a check list with everything you’ll need for you and your horse. For exam- ple: Organize your trailer – grooming kit, extra tack (in case something gets lost or breaks), take some horse blankets, have your show outfit/hat ready and clean. On the weeks prior to the show, you

can memorize the pattern of your class and try to visualize you and your horse on every maneuver. You can try the pattern a few times at home, but I wouldn’t rec- ommend doing it too many times so your horse doesn’t anticipate when it gets to the pen. A good idea is to have someone video you, so you can watch and view it through the perspective of a judge. Most important: ride, ride, ride! The

more you do it, the more confident you will be it the show pen! “No matter how good you get you can always get better, and that’s the exciting part.” – Tiger Woods

Roberta Buttelli – Facebook RB Performance Horses - Trainer Fletchers Horseworld

When I think about the first show of

the season, I am filled with so many dif- ferent worries and emotions like but not limited to; excitement, happiness, fear, and for me and I know many others anx- iety. Please don’t over think! Give your- self ample organizing and packing time! But more importantly don’t stress that first ride! JUST GO RIDE! I personally really try to be conscious of the not over pressuring myself or my animal because at the end of the day they are just animals, and they are the whole reason we do this; to feel the bond of these amazing animals and see how far we can develop our part- nership and trust. Don’t forget to thank them for all they do. Darby Mailhot – Aim High Performance Horses

A piece of advice for the first show I

share with my students is to be aware of your expectations. Take the first show to really let you and your horse get out and have a stress-free environment. Use this opportunity to get both you and your horse mentally set up to see what your horse tells you. What do you have to work on for the future? If your horse was fresh, lunge it so he can get himself men- tally ready for you to ride. If you have a fresh horse that is just mentally not with


2021 Tentative Show Dates Location


Pickering Horse Centre Y-Not Farms

ORHA Grand Finale

Pickering Horse Centre Y Not Farms

Canadian Reining Classic Fletchers Horse World Steel City Slide

June 11,12,13 July 3,4

Jen Jonas /Sharon Jones Aug 27,28,29 Purdie/ Dan Fletcher

July 31, Aug 1,2 Sept 10,11,12

you, and you think that you can just ride it out, it normally doesn’t end as well as if you would have just let him lunge it out of himself alone. For me, my goal for the first show would be

to just have a nice, solid clean run. Also take your time between maneuvers, so your horse will last all year and stay fresh in the mind for the future. Matt Hudson – HRProspects

Before going to your first show of the season

it’s important to know what you’re showing and have realistic expectations for your horse. Show- ing a 3-year-old at their first show is different than a 5- or 7-year-old seasoned show horse. The first few times in the show pen for a young horse is so important, it molds their foundation for a career as a show horse. Doing a paid warm up is a good way to cruise them through a pattern and get them comfortable with the show setting. The warmup pen can sometimes be ever more stressful than the show itself. Watching all the other horses and rid- ers, don’t try to pick apart your riding or change the way you do something based on what you see other people doing, put trust in your program/rou-

tine and when it’s time to show go our and show off all your hard work! Amber Riehl – Facebook Meadow Lynn Farms – Gadshill, Ontario

"Whether you are new to Reining competition

or are a seasoned competitor, entering a busy ring or riding with an audience can be intimidating. At a horse show it can be easy to over think

and in turn, over complicate your maneuvers. At Reiners Ridge we break down the individual ma- neuvers in the Reining pattern to ensure that the Rider is feeling confident in their abilities through each maneuver. We also help our Riders prepare for the show season through a monthly event where we work through Reining patterns and ma- neuvers in a group scenario. Riders are exposed to a show-like environment, in a busier ring with fellow riders. This style of learning allows Riders to have fun in a group environment while building confidence."

Lyndsay Kloster, Reiners Ridge 905.505.0705

Appointed Director - Social Media

Alyssa VanKleek -

Elected Director – Shows Mike Munroe,

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