Morning guys! Guess I miissed some posts here last night....
Here is what I got for laminated patterns: Whinny Widgets - Reining Pattern Books
I love them!
I have found that in my area, some of the little interbarn type shows and some of the really small county level stuff has some reining, which was a great place just for me to start getting "in the pen" without being so intimidated by a major NRHA show, plus, not being NRHA rated, I didn't need my competition license, which I wasn't going to pay a full year for in Sept if last year. Now applying for this year. I have also found that the reining people are absolutely the BEST! THey are super supportive and helpful, friendly, etc. It seems everyone cheers for everyone else in the greens. Naturally it is a bit different when you go up the levels. I just was not used to the nice atmosphere, being used to h/j stuff all my life.
I also found that the judges DVD's are extremely helpful. I found them on eBay
, and have about worn them out. It really helps to be able to see the little things they look for.
As far as saddles-my personal experience has been that a reining saddle helps immensely. Love the close contact, pocket, etc. and find it really helps me to get the cues more accurate. I am a real tack addict, so I actually have 2 at the moment, and am looking at a third, which means I may have one to sell.....let me know your size via PM and perhaps we can work something out. Yes, it does cost about $2k for a good one, but I have been happy, at least for starter, at my level, with more of a beginner reiner, and love my Rocking R. I also have a new Tex tan that is gorgeous, but I find it is a bit narrow in the shoulders for my horse, and I just like the Rocking R better, for a lot less $$. The Tex Tan will be returned, and or traded for a custom JR Wenger, when they get back in the spring.(IF he will agree with me on tree size.....)