December 09, 2013 - Monday -

2014 Reining in the Region

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Another exciting year of reining is scheduled for 2014.

The dates have been set for YRHA's Slides in Wilsall, NRRHA's Reining in the Root shows in Corvallis, CSRHA's shows in Nebraska and Wyoming, and for MRHA's Big Sky Reining Classic in Kalispell. Watch for updates, as clinics and other events are scheduled.


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2014 Reining Schedule of Clinics & Shows

  • March 22-23 - MRHA Fundraiser - Jay Dee Anderson Clinic, Anderson Training Stables, Wilsall
  • April 12 - Crazy Mountain Schooling Show, Anderson Training Stables, Wilsall
  • April 13 - YRHA Fundraiser - Jay Dee Anderson Clinic, Anderson Training Stables, Wilsall
  • April 25-27 - NRRHA, Reining in the Root, Sapphire Event Center, Corvallis
  • May 15-17 - YRHA Slide I - Anderson Training Stables, Wilsall
  • May 23-26 - CSRHA - Platte Valley Classic, Broken Bow, NE
  • June 5-8 - CSRHA - Energy City Classic - Gillette, WY
  • June 13-15 - NRRHA, Reining in the Root II, Sapphire Event Center, Corvallis
  • July 10-12 - YRHA Slide II - Anderson Training Stables, Wilsall
  • July 19-20 - MRHA Fundraiser - Cameron Meissner & JR Winter Clinic, Gallatin River Ranch, Manhattan
  • July 31-Aug 2 - YRHA Slide III - Anderson Training Stables, Wilsall
  • Aug 20-24 - MRHA Big Sky Classic - Majestic Valley Arena, Kalispell

Watch YRHA, MRHA, NRRHA and CSRHA web sites for clinic announcements!

All shows listed above are NRHA approved and take place in Montana, unless otherwise noted.

April 18, 2012 - Wednesday -

MRHA / YRHA 2012 Spring Schooling Show

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Story and photos by Wendy Deans

When it’s 19 degrees outside and the roads are glare ice, it does make a person think twice about driving 20 or 60 or even 90 miles hauling a trailer to go ride your horse. Even with those conditions, quite a few riders still braved the cold to come to Anderson Training Stables to school their horses Saturday April 7th.


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When it’s 19 degrees outside and the roads are glare ice, it does make a person think twice about driving 20 or 60 or even 90 miles hauling a trailer to go ride your horse. Even with those conditions, quite a few riders still braved the cold to come to Anderson Training Stables to school their horses Saturday April 7th.

April 01, 2012 - Sunday -

Yellowstone Reining Horse Association Hosts Mike McEntire Clinic

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By Wendy Deans

2010 NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion, Mike McEntire, joined members of the Yellowstone Reining Horse Association for a two day clinic on March 26 & 27. The Selma, North Carolina trainer came to Wilsall, Montana for the third time to share his knowledge with twelve very fortunate riders.


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Mike began his instruction discussing his warm up. He emphasized the importance of softening all the body parts. He gets them where he can bend them, side pass, work up into the bridle and counter bend. He does this at the walk every day until they are really, really broke to it. If a rider doesn't pay enough attention to the softness in their horse, it will come back to haunt them when they increase speed and difficulty.

April 27, 2011 - Wednesday -

2011 Crazy Mountain Schooling Show

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Story & Photos by Wendy Deans

Schooling a reining horse is an essential element in its training. Fortunately, for Montana reiners, Meissner Reining Horses has had three schooling shows in Manhattan this winter. Then, this past weekend, April 16th, Anderson Training Stables and Brackett Creek Quarter Horses hosted another schooling show.


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There were eight classes offered, two of which included the new NRHA pattern eleven where a rider is required to trot to the middle. The turnout was excellent with eighty entries and Mother Nature blessed us with nice enough weather to make the day enjoyable. Everyone was able to ride on the outside track to practice and warm up for their class. You can classify this as a miracle considering the spring we've been having this year!

May 04, 2010 - Tuesday -

YRHA Hosts Jarvis Anderson Clinic

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By Wendy Deans

The Yellowstone Reining Horse Association hosted a clinic with NRHA Professional Trainer and YRHA Platinum level sponsor, Jarvis Anderson, on April 24 & 25. The clinic was held at Anderson Training Stables in Wilsall, Montana, with twelve riders attending. Jarvis split the group with six riders working in the morning and six in the afternoon to give more individual attention to each student.


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Jarvis first asked each student their goals for 2010. Impressively, he never forgot each student's goals throughout the two-day clinic. He used NRHA pattern five as the base for the clinic working on the circles and turnarounds on Saturday and lead changes, run downs, stops and roll backs on Sunday. Before he began instructing, he had each student ride the part of the pattern they would be working on that day so that he could see a starting point with that rider and horse. Then he began instruction on those maneuvers.

May 05, 2009 - Tuesday -

Jarvis Anderson Clinic - A Fantastic Weekend!

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By Wendy Deans

Sharing knowledge and experience is a unique aspect of the sport of reining. Reining trainers are well known for their willingness to help anyone concerned enough to ask for it. And that’s just what NRHA Top 20 Rider, Jarvis Anderson did for his attentive students for two days, April 25 & 26.


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January 01, 2009 - Thursday -

Jump Start the Show Season with a Clinic

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By Wendy Deans

Horsemanship is a lifelong journey evolving as the rider’s ability progresses and changes with the rider’s focus on their sport. To get the most out of true horsemanship, it should be a lifelong journey. The first thing a rider accepting this journey must do is realize that to improve and progress you have to have an open mind and be willing to learn from every horse, rider, trainer, book and video. It’s not always an easy journey. Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone can create frustration. Having said that, it’s what I believe to be the most fun, rewarding and empowering thing a person can choose to do with their life.


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Learning to be a better rider will teach you patience. It will allow you to be a more confident person in every day life. It can open doors for you that you never thought possible.

May 06, 2008 - Tuesday -

Great Clinic By Hall of Famer Charlie Smith

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By Chandra Morris

NRHA Hall of Famer Charlie Smith gave YRHA a run for its money and put on a super clinic for 12 riders at Sliders Arena in Manhattan May 2-3, 2008. Participants and spectators included rookies, non pros, a reined cow horse trainer, and a couple of green reiners.


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Kicking off the clinic by assessing the assembled riders’ knowledge of penalties (what they are, where they occur, and how many points), Smith offered insight into the judge’s perspective and made it a point to encourage riders to recognize penalties as they occur. Throughout the clinic, he drove the point home by inviting the riders to watch each other perform maneuvers and afterwards asking if anyone saw penalties.

March 31, 2008 - Monday -

Shawn Flarida Clinic - March 28-29, 2008

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By Wendy Deans

The Yellowstone Reining Horse Association proudly presented a two day Shawn Flarida clinic on March 28 & 29 in Wilsall, Montana at Anderson Training Stables. The four time NRHA Futurity Champion shared his successful program with 12 attentive riders and many spectators from around the region.


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The majority of his focus over the two days was how to get your horse shown. How to fix various issues so that you can drop your hand, show a greater degree of difficulty and get your horse shown successfully.

Although he spent a lot of time working on the turn around with the riders and a fair amount of time on the circles, he himself spends 80% of his time on the stop. He says it’s a personal thing for him, it’s just something that he happens to focus on.

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