Elisia sent me a link and said 'Watch this, it will give you goosebumps'. The rider was Stacey Westfall riding bareback and brideless in a national competition. I don't know much about reining, but I would say it was a pretty impressive ride and there may have been a goosebump or two.
Stacey had NO instructor other than her mother until she was an adult. Her mother kept asking her 'How can you get the horse to do that', from a young age she asked her to get inside the horse's head. If there is only one instructor that you can have they should be asking you how you CAN get the horse to do that rather than how can you MAKE a horse do that.
The video on her site is down and I she posted that she is getting a lot of traffic. Below is a video that gives a sample as to why. She still has a saddle on, but she left the bridle at home.