The American Quarter Horse AssociationJuly 8, 2014
Paralympian Rebecca Hart rides Zins Smart Wrangler in a para-reining demonstration at the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show. (Journal photo)
For the first time, a para-reining clinic and demonstration class will be featured at the West Coast Classic July 10-13 at Chilliwack Heritage Park in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The educational seminar and para-reining demonstration classes are slated for July 12. This is also the first para-reining class to be held within the Canadian para-equestrian system, and aids in the effort to bring the discipline for equestrians with disabilities as a fully recognized sport in 2014.
The para-reining movement is driven by collaboration between AQHA; Equine Canada’s Canadian Reining Committee, the official sports affiliate for the western discipline of reining within the international structure of horse sports; and the National Reining Horse Association.
Equine Canada’s Canadian Reining Committee provides the key pipeline to high-performance competition at the international level. A main goal is for para-reining athletes to one day earn a spot to represent their nation at an international para-reining championship.
The aim of Equine Canada is to foster growth in the para-equestrian disciplines. From local horse shows to international para-Olympic games, the Canadian Reining Committee provides para-equestrians the knowledge of what they need to succeed and connects with the International Para-Olympic Committee, the Federation Equestre Internationale and Equine Canada, which provides para-equestrians the top equestrian resources.
The West Coast Classic is a long-standing and widely regarded reining event held in British Columbia and produced by the Western Canadian Reining Horse Association. For more information about the West Coast Classic or the WCRHA, visit www.westcoastclassic.info.
For more information about Equine Canada, visit www.equinecanada.ca.
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