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Freestyle Reining

Congress NRHA Freestyle Reining

Presented by dac 

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Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7 pm

Often compared to a figure skater’s performance, the Freestyle Reining competition combines the athletics and finesse of Reining moves with the melodies of popular music in one of the Congress’ most popular events. Competitors (and their mounts) often wear costumes and may include props and actors in their performances.


STILL THE ONE: COLISEUM SOLD OUT FOR FREESTYLE REINING

A fan favorite event at Congress year after year is Freestyle Reining, and this year, it was no different. Freestyle Reining sold out 40% faster this year compared to 2019. The event has yet again been sold out since September, including standing room only. With 20 entries, riders competed their choreographed and musical routines in a performance that is regularly compared to the art of figure skating.

The Freestyle event is divided into 2 divisions: the open and the non pro. The open division champion was Benjamin Beckett, riding Xtra Dun Step. Beckett had an amazing, upbeat routine outfitted with jorts (jean shorts) and a cut off beer t-shirt. He had friends outfitted in a similar manor with a beer pong table, keg, and red solo cups as props. He ended his performance by his friends getting chased out of the arena when the cops showed up, and him and Xtra Dun Step getting escorted out of the arena.

Reserve champions in the open was 2019's open division winner, Dan James with CCR Voodoo Star, owned by Beech Hollow Farms. Taking third place was Kevin Raber and Hollywood Hottime, owned by Roseanne M Richards.

For Open Freestyle Reining Presented by Dac Results click here

With 10 entries in the non pro, top honors were taken by Gunners Money, shown by owner Katsy M Leeman. Leeman competed with a 101 Dalmation-themed routine, even taking some time to pass out mini dalmations to the crowd. 

Reserve champion in the non pro was Cappy Dryden and Wranglin For Chicks, owned by Bur Oak LLC. Third place went to Emily L Lacey and her horse Whiz Bye Gollie.

The 2021 Congress Queen was also crowned during the intermission of the event, with Darcy Woods from Ontario Quarter Horse Association being crowned! Once again, the Freestyle Reining was a success and everyone is counting down until next year!

For Non Pro Freestyle Reining Presented by Dac Results click here 

Photos by Shane Rux Photography

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