The Green as Grass class is designed to give you a start in reining without having to ride any spins, lead changes or sliding stops.
So do not worry about doing any spins in this pattern. The pattern calls to walk 2 three metre circles.
This is exactly that, walk your horse in small circles.
Do not worry about the lope speed, it does not need to be particularly fast or slow. Show your horse at his best speed.
The first of the lope circles to the left and right are not judged, use this circle to establish the size and shape of your circle
and to get the desired speed happening.
The hesitation is not timed. Use the hesitate to re-balance yourself, get your reigns right, get your cues right and take a breath.
Do not go flat out in the run arounds and run downs if it is not your horse's best pace. A nice relaxed canter is better then an out of control one. Do not worry about attempting any sliding stops. Rather use transitions to come down to a halt - canter, trot, walk, halt.
The pattern calls for you to dismount after competing the pattern. Most people dismount where they have finished and halted. From there they will lead their horse to the judge to drop their bridle for inspection.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
We want you all to come out and try at reining.
But most importantly HAVE FUN.
Horses to walk to the centre of the arena. Horses must halt prior to starting the pattern. Beginning at the centre of the arena facing the left wall of fence.
1. beginning to the left at the walk, (spin) complete two 3 metre circles to the left. Stop at the centre of the arena. Hesitate.
2. beginning on the left lead lope two circles to the left. Stop at the centre of the arena. Hesitate.
3. beginning to the right at the walk, (spin) complete two 3 metre circles to the right. Stop at the centre of the arena. Hesitate.
4. beginning on the right lead lope two circles to the right. Stop at the centre of the arena. Hesitate.
5. beginning on the left lead, go around the end of the arena, run down to the right side of the arena past centre marker, breaking down to a trot, then walk and stop and roll back to the right.
6. continue around the end of the arena to run down the left side of the arena past centre marker, breaking down to a trot, then walk and stop. Back up 3 paces.
Rider must dismount and drop the bridle to the designated judge. When dismissed, lead your horse from the arena.
Reining Australia also has some training patterns that you can practice. Download them here.