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Purina Helps Bring NRHA Ride a Reiner to the PBR World Finals

By Christa Morris – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), in partnership with Purina, will be bringing the sport of Reining to the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough World Finals (October 23 – 27 in Las Vegas, Nev.). NRHA Ride a Reiner presented by Purina will give select riders the ability to test drive a reining horse with top-notch instruction from NRHA Professionals. For those who have some riding experience, NRHA Ride a Reiner provides the opportunity to enjoy a dizzying spin or even a sliding stop on a well-trained reining horse.


NRHA appreciates Corporate Partner Purina for their assistance in bringing the Ride a Reiner event to the PBR World Finals and fans in Las Vegas.  NRHA would also like to thank NRHA Professionals Aaron Ralston and Mack Weaver for lending their expertise to the demonstrations and riding sessions.


“I’ve experienced the thrill of riding a reining horse first-hand and there are few things that compare to their athleticism, power and grace,” said Purina’s Kimberly James. “Purina couldn’t be more pleased to collaborate with NRHA to produce the Ride a Reiner event during the PBR World Finals. It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss!”


Unlike anything else held in conjunction with the popular PBR World Finals, NRHA Ride a Reiner presented by Purina, gives frenetic crowds the chance to experience the thrills and excitement of the sport of Reining at the PBR Fan Zone and Marketplace at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The arena also will play host to demonstrations from NRHA Professionals on world-caliber reining horses.


The application for the NRHA Ride a Reiner presented by Purina can be downloaded in advance or picked up at the NRHA Booth in the Fan Zone. NRHA recommends that applicants return completed applications to the NRHA Booth the no later than one hour prior to his/her preferred riding time. Riding times are available as follows with multiple opportunities during each session:


October 23:

  • 1:30 p.m. – Reining Demonstration with Mack Weaver

  • 2:30 p.m. – Ride a Reiner with Mack Weaver

  • 3:30 p.m. – Ride a Reiner with Aaron Ralston

October 24-27:

  • 11 a.m. – Reining Demonstration with Aaron Ralston and Mack Weaver

  • Noon – Ride a Reiner with Aaron Ralston and Mack Weaver



Riders and spectators will have the pleasure of working with two NRHA Professionals Aaron Ralston and Mack Weaver.


Aaron Ralston, host of “The Ride” on RFD-TV, is well known for his ability to take riders from the ranch to the show arena to demonstrate how ranch work translates into the competition world.


Mack Weaver, an NRHA Judge, hails from Morgan, Utah and specializes in preparing non pro competitors for NRHA and breed association classes. His program emphasizes good-spirited fun for any age or level of reining competitor.


Media contacts also will be given the option to experience the adrenaline rush of Reining. A limited number of spots are available for PBR-credentialed media to sit astride a reining horse and learn more about the sport first-hand. To express interest, e-mail Christa Morris at


Purina is proud to be the exclusive United States Feed Partner of NRHA. As a leader in horse research and equine feed development, Purina knows that different horses, different lifestyles and different circumstances call for different feeds. So whether you’re feeding an elite equine athlete, or a geriatric horse, or you need an all-round formula like Strategy for an entire herd, Purina makes a formula just right for you. They develop, manufacture and market quality feeds that bring out the best in animals while exceeding the needs of their customers. Visit their website to locate a Purina dealer nearest you.


Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. For more information, visit or visit NRHA on Facebook.


The PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals is the culmination of a year long quest by the Top 35 bull riders in the world to be named the PBR World Champion and claim a One Million Dollar Bonus. The event runs Oct. 24-28 in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets can be purchased for all at

Photos of Mack Weaver and Aaron Ralston by Waltenberry.



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