World Para Reining is a global nonprofit organization with a focus on the development of Reining programs designed for riders with physical disabilities. These programs will begin with grassroots competitions and work toward high performance competitions for riders with varied degrees of abilities. World Para Reining is committed to the development of Para Reining sport through education and commercial initiatives in the best interest of the sport, and through fundraising to fulfill its objectives.
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Years ago, Lisa Coulter was asked to become active on the Para Committee at Equine Canada and took an immediate interest in the Para efforts. In 2013, Lisa was asked to coach Para rider Rebecca Hart at the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City. This is where World Para Reining begins...
While working on the development of Para Reining activities at multiple events, Lisa saw a strong need for an all-inclusive global organization. The idea was to invite the entire world of Para riders to try a reining horse—and to inspire any rider who dreams of competing.
World Para Reining's goal is to implement its programs worldwide. This means getting WPR-approved classes incorporated into shows throughout the world. Working with associations like AQHA, NRHA and FEI, WPR wants to encourage Para growth everywhere. WPR will co-approve classes with these organizations and develop a full, stand-alone WPR structure for independent events and classes.
WPR has developed a World Championship Series that saw it's inaugural year in 2015. The goal of this series is to promote the sport, welcome sponsors, and allow riders to set aspirational competition goals. The series offers prizes up to tenth place, and a world title. In 2016, WPR was proud to see growth and offered the first International Team Event in Para-Reining, including an international individual event that was held at the AQHA World Show.
2017 brings more excitement worldwide, as WPR brings both the International Championships, and the coveted WPR Saddle series to Europe! The International Team event will be Held in July in Ermelo, The Netherlands, and the WPR Saddle Series finale will be hosted by the Dutch Reining Horse Association in October. World Para Reining is working hard to bring our programs to riders throughout the world!
In addition to competition, World Para Reining is making education a priority. There are clinic opportunities at the WPR Headquarters in Pilot Point, Texas. People from around the world are encouraged to come to Apex Ranch and either participate as a rider or learn valuable coaching and volunteering skills.
WPR dedicates itself to fostering both beginning riders who dream of riding a reiner, to high performance riders looking to compete on a world stage. There is something for everyone at WPR. Contact us and let us help you live your dream and reach your goals.
Freedom has four legs.
Freedom has four legs.
The true spirit of our effort relies heavily on the backs of our trusted Reining horses. As we all know, those backs can carry a heavy load. Reining horses are special and it makes them perfect for the Para Equestrian model.
Reiners are typically the cold-blooded, kind, and gentle American Quarter Horse. Our Reining horses tend to be incredibly broke and adaptable. Their shorter stride and generally smooth gait lends itself easily to comfort and safety of the riders. With a high degree of "willfully guided" training techniques, the Reining horse is an incredibly easy horse to maneuver. The horses have been taught to work off the slightest of aids and with a loose rein. Their ability to do their work effortlessly with little guidance from the rider sets them apart and makes them the perfect partner to a rider who may have limited use of their aids. This takes a high degree of training, but with today's trainers increasingly getting better at producing a truly willingly guided horse, the Para riders will benefit greatly.
Our Reining horses are also taught to work off various aids including the voice...this allows some great control by the rider that will be critical in safety as well as connecting to the horse. Reining horses have learned to balance themselves in all their movements on their own. Once fully trained, a Reining horse has a great amount of freedom based on balance and agility. But they are easily controlled by the softest of cues from the legs, voice, hands or seat. If one of those aids is missing, the horses are trained to have backup aids. This makes them tremendously trustworthy and able partners to riders with varied disabilities.
Reiners tend to be trained at a young age with the focus being on years 3 to 6. Para horses will serve best to the riders after the age of 6. These horses will be superiorly seasoned and trained by this age. Maintenance and training will need to be continued—World Para Reining is devoted to the care of these beloved horses and will develop education and assistance in making sure the horses maintain the high level of care they deserve.
WPR looks forward to breathing a new life intothe retired reining horses and legends of the industry. Para riders and reining horses will be teammates working together through the challenges that life has sent them. It will be a team born of adversity, but it will flourish into a team of grateful partners who are so thankful that they realized the value in each other.
World Para Reining is currently looking to add a team of horses to our program to aid riders in their learning and showing goals. Most of our Para riders are only set up to lease horses and will rely heavily on a lease program. Our goal is to provide every rider with a horse. With 501(c) Non Profit status, horses can come into the program via charitable means. We also have the ability to provide tax receipts. Some horses will be purchased. Please contact WPR if you have a horse that fits into this program.
These behind-the-scenes workers are instrumental in the construction of World Para Reining's amazing community.
"There is really nothing like getting in the tack and riding a reining horse. Reining horses just seem to know that they can trust you, and you them, and its an amazing partnership. I may not be able to run a marathon, or play basketball, or do some of the other athletic activities that many of my friends enjoy, but I can lope and spin and slide 30 feet with my equine partner."
"I highly recommend any equestrian rider try Reining. I especially recommend any Para Equestrian compete in Para-reigning events. For me, Reining is not just a sport—its an emotional therapy. Through this sport, we can explore and enjoy freedom and sprit of American culture that a person with disabilities may otherwise not be able to."
"The creation of the WPR is exciting because it will fill a much needed roll of coordinating all the various elite reining competitions around the world, make Para reining classes more accessible. The WPR will allow para reining to become a competitive sport within reach of the average disabled person."