Coulter Coaches Para-Reining CompetitorsBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · May 6, 2014
At the Kentucky Reining Cup competition held at the Kentucky Horse Park in late April, para-equestrians rode in a reining event before FEI judges. This was the second official event for the new discipline featuring riders with various degrees of disability. The event was made possible through the cooperation of the United States Para-Equestrian Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association, and USA Reining.
The para-equestrians were coached by Lisa Coulter, a champion reining competitor who is sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research. With years of top competition experience, Coulter is skilled at helping the riders learn to work well with their borrowed mounts as well as mastering the various elements of a reining pattern.
Rules for para-reining have been adapted to consider the abilities of the riders, and are still under consideration. USA Reining has the goal of getting national recognition for the new discipline by the 2015 competition year.