The Reining Champion, Show Me What You’ve Got & Best in Show

Funny how this is my first post after Battle for Azeroth launched! That was not my intention. But oh, well.

I have a collection of screenshots stored from my journey in Tiragarde Sound so far, but that will have to wait until the next post 🙂

Marathal first made a post on this quest some days ago, and I didn’t know it then. I have a friend in game, who then also said she struggled with it due to health reasons, and in general she is not very comfortable with these “on vehicle” quests.

So once I came across it in game myself, I made her a guide, which helped her overcome it, complete the quest, and be able to move on. We were able to be in a group too, and she could see my attempt on it live.

So I decided to share the images and guide here, hoping it might help others out there, because I can easily relate to how frustrating it must be, to have things locked behind not being able to do it. Eespecially since it’s so different compared to playing your character with their own normal spells.



Alright. Horse show! Good fun. It begins in Norwington Estate, in Tiragarde Sound, after you speak with Lord Aldrius Norwington. He has a bunch of quests for you to do, that involves scoring 150 points first, then 300 points, by jumping over fences and harpoon jabbin’ and bola throwin’ the right targets (gnolls and paper zeppelins)

The quests are called Show Me What You’ve Got and Best in Show. The achievement is called The Reining Champion. (The achievement is not needed)

Whenever you jump over a fence, you get a boost to your score, when you hit the targets.



It has been difficult for my friend to get it done in time – you really do not have much time to accomplish it, if you are a keyboard turner or just in general struggle with these kind of different “on vehicle” quests.

So this is what you need to do. Hop up on Cooper, your horse, and let’s begin.



This screenshot speaks for itself, I guess, but still.

The first two rounds, you focus on building up your stacks, by jumping over as many fences as possible, as fast as you can. Follow the Green path – hit the gnolls you run into. On the remaining rounds, follow the Pink path, and maintain your stack, while also making sure you hit every single gnoll, there is in your way.




Pay close attention to how you address the fence jumping while aiming for the gnoll in the middle on the pink rounds. Here is another angle showing it.



And the last one, showing the angle from the other side, on which you jump over the two fences in the middle. I did experiment with including the gnoll in the middle in round 2 and onwards; some times it worked, others, it did not. RNG is somewhat related, I think – there have been a few reports stating, that it is bugged a tad. Give it a try and see what you are most comfortable with.



Your (1) button is Rabid Dash, which makes your horse go faster. Only use it at these two places, click it where the arrow points to. It makes turning difficult, and you might miss out on your fence-jumping stack, if you use it elsewhere during your rounds, and that just can’t happen. Never let it drop.



Important Tips and Tricks


While maintaining your rounds the way I have shown above, you also have to be aware, of when the Paper Zeppelin spawns. Lord Aldrius will yell something along the lines of “Zeppelin out!”.

When he does yell, just relax. No need to hit it straight away. Let it come to the middle. Jump over more fences, hit gnolls, while you wait. This way you obtain a bigger score, once you do hit the Zeppelin.

It is important to have a macro ready. /Target Paper Zeppelin. Have it on a secondary actionbar, not on your main actionbar, because that gets overwritten with the vehicle interface (I think).

Do that, when it spawns, and have “Target shown” enabled on your minimap, or just look around, while still focusing on your round and keeping your Style buff on. Just take notice, of where it spawns.

Once the first Zeppelin reaches the middle, toss your bola towards it (3).

The next Zeppelin is treated in the same way. You should have your 300+ points now for sure.

Now, this is the important part if you are here for the achievement; the last Zeppelin. It is vital for you to hit, to get a score of 600 (so if you are just here for the 300 score, skip this part).

I chose to keep going, because I am so damn stubborn (sigh!), and if there is a system/achievement in place, I want to beat it.

Anyway, the last Zeppelin spawns just a few seconds, before the timer runs out. So you have to be very quick. And you also have to rely a tad on RNG, because chances are, it might spawn in one of the other corners, and be out of range to you. And sometimes, it spawns a few seconds later, so you miss out on it, no matter what you do.

Just keep trying. RNG will be in your favor eventually.

You have to attempt to place yourself in the middle of the area, a few seconds before the timer runs out, and be quick on your macro and bola toss. Keep jumping fences too.




And there you have it. I really hope, this will help out those, who struggle with the quests. It’s perfectly alright, not to be able to get these things done right away, don’t let it bring you down. 🙂 We all have our own achilles heel (right expression, I hope.)

And I hope all of you are enjoying Battle for Azeroth 🙂 It’s been great reading all your posts on it so far, especially when I’m so far behind, it’s a treat, that you all keep it story-spoiler free, so thank you for that 🙂


29 thoughts on “The Reining Champion, Show Me What You’ve Got & Best in Show

  1. I really liked these quests actually! Managed to get 300+ quite easily after aggressively getting high stacks for more points.

    I need to finish up my battle for azeroth posts though! Have been busy playing the game : p

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    1. Me too! Back when this was datamined, I was quite eager to see what it was about + I like horses a lot as well! But I could so easily empathize with my friend. It’s a shame, how it ended up frustrating her a lot.

      Is it a daily once you become 120, you can do, or, do you know? Are there just these quests, and that’s it, or does it change later on?

      Hah, you do, I’ll look forward to those posts 🙂 I guess it’s a good sign; the fewer blog posts, the better game, because we play it, right? 😉

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      1. According to wowhead, there’s a 600 point achievement called “The Reining Champion”. So I’ll probably give that a go!

        Exactly 🙂 I really like the launch so far.

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  2. Thank you very much for this detailed tutorial!
    I tried it a few days ago twice and I was not anywhere near, and I felt it was really beyond me (slow and with health issues). Too many things to be alert about with a timer as extra “torment”.
    I will at least try a morning when I feel better.
    You put a lot of work into this. You should make a wowhead account and link your tutorial there. (If they allow links to blogs?). Or someone with a wowhead account link to it.
    Thanks again 😀

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    1. P.S: Confession time: I am a keyboard turner! I seem to never get the hang of the usual playing method. Except in very limited circumstances. I am quite good at the whack-a-gnoll thingie in Darkmoon Faire, if I may say so myself. 🙂

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      1. “Hiiii Wisteria” 😀 😉

        As I said, that is perfectly alright! Oh, neat, you have lots of practice hitting gnolls already then, that is a good start 🙂

        Being a keyboard turner is easier on your hands, I think; less work for the hand you use for the mouse, so that’s a silver lining 🙂

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    2. You are very welcome! Oh, I didn’t know you struggled with this – we can easily try together in game, and you can follow my path as a ride around and see it in action live, if you want 🙂 Let me know, so I won’t forget.

      Yes, the attention on the zeppelin needs focus, I agree.

      Aw, thanks a lot. Maybe I should copy the text there 🙂

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    1. You are very welcome 🙂 350 is a good start! I slowly worked my way up. The biggest number I got was just above 600, so it is very close. Good luck 🙂


    1. Good luck ahead! I hope this will help 🙂 I can see that the quest is part of the whole zone- achievement, which one needs for unlocking flying, I think, so it’s good to get done sooner or later. Np 🙂


  3. This is a fantastic tutorial! I haven’t made it far enough alliance-side to see this in game yet, but I’ve seen some friends struggling with it. I will be sure to come back and check this guide when I get there.

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  4. Aha! Wisteria advertised your post in guild today and so I got to read this earlier that the weekend catch ups and glad I did. It’s really helpful to see a route marked out that works so thanks for sharing. I do enjoy doing these type of quests and achievements but they also frustrate me too so I appreciate the tips to soothe my stubborn side hehe

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    1. My goodness, am I being advertised now? I must remember to pay Wisteria the advertising fee! 🙂

      So happy if it can help you out. I hear you on the stubborness. I didn’t leave the area until I had the achievement – and the point was originally to just obtain 300 to write the guide for my friend.
      Best of luck 🙂

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  5. The Norwington Estate was definitely one of my favorite moments when I was questing my warrior. That and Arom’s Strand in Drustvar were awesome! If you haven’t already, you got to go to Arom’s Strand at night and check out the Northern Lights there.

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