Listen to the crowd: cheering styles during reining horse events

Last night while watching the finals of the reining futurity at the All American Quarter Horse Congress I had fun listening to the crowd. I decided to video the reining…but with the emphasis on how the crowd sounded.

Can you identify the maneuver based on the cheering? Watch the video and see if you can guess what the crowd is cheering for…then watch to see if you were correct.

What is your favorite cheer? Whoops, woos or whistles? What other cheers can you identify?


  1. Terri Anderson on October 8, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I just got back from the Novice Championships West at Las Vegas! Traveling with a group, including some parents and some spouses….it was the first time I was aware of a cheering section while I was showing……….definitely made it even more fun to have cheering while we did our BEST. STOPS.EVER…we placed 7th! ( bobbled a spin) There was a run off for first in the youth reining and that was super exciting! One thing i noticed there was cheering for everyone, even the runs that weren’t as good…..super fun show for us novices:)

  2. Taryn Clark on October 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    We were there on friday and had a blast. The Reining crowd was definetly louder than the Cutting crowd that day.

  3. katzarr on October 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Please explain to me how a ‘working” ranch can benefit from a reining horse doing these things.? I think a good working horse is one who is calm, reins well, knows how to cut a calf/cow from the herd. Whatever, I think you are a fine horsewoman,; but, i don’t understand what the big deal is about what you’al are doing with reining horses. Regards, with most respect to you <3

    • Cheri Stone on October 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Is there an event with better cheering? NO Is there an event more fun? NO!

    • Stacy on October 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Many working ranches, for example the Waggoner, see the benefit because the training does help indicate the athletic ability, the trainability and other traits that can be seen under pressure to perform (or shown to not work). The benefit of training a horse to a high level is that it makes other things easy. The reining classes and other performance classes were started by people who ‘used’ horses…and wanted to show off their horses strengths. It isn’t that it is a ‘big deal’…just something we love to do that also improves our horses and ourselves.

  4. Karen Kania-Forehand on October 6, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I am in awe of reining horses and their trainers. So much respect for them. With that said I’m pretty sure I have yelled as loud as those in this video when watching a cutting horse make his/her moves on cow. Gotta love them cow horses!

  5. Jessica Martin on October 6, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Are you showing this year?

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