FEI Votes to Maintain Reining, Works Agreement With NRHA

The two bodies have differing rules regarding horse age, medication use, and warm-up practices.
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FEI Votes to Maintain Reining, Works Agreement With NRHA
The FEI and NRHA have differing rules regarding horse age, medication use, and maneuvers, such as spins and slides. | Photo: FEI /Liz Gregg

Amid prior controversy over the governance of international reining events, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) has signed an agreement with the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) that will allow the discipline of reining to continue as an official FEI sport. The FEI and NRHA have differing rules regarding horse age, medication use, and warm-up practices.

In a landmark vote during the FEI General Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Moscow, delegates voted unanimously to accept the agreement and modify the FEI statutes to reflect that agreement.

The four-page agreement states that NRHA organizers will recognize the governing authority of the FEI at events that have an international character, according to the new statutes

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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