Other Ranch Classes

Ranchmanship

The purpose of this class is to bring forth the versatility in both the ranch horse and exhibitor, in the task of performing 1 of the 6 ARH designated patterns, constructed of both Ranch Trail obstacles and Ranch Reining manoeuvres. Obstacle and manoeuvres are to be judged to the standards written in Ranch Trail, Ranch Riding, and Ranch Reining in each part of the patterns that pertain to these classes.

Horsemanship

The horsemanship class is designed to evaluate the rider’s ability to execute, in concert with their horse, a set of manoeuvres prescribed by the judge with precision and smoothness while exhibiting poise and confidence, and maintaining a balanced, functional, and fundamentally correct seat. Horses should have forward motion. The ideal horsemanship pattern is extremely precise with the horse and rider working in complete unison, executing each manoeuvre with subtle aids and cues. The horses head and neck should be carried in a relaxed, natural position.

Cutting

Cutting is showing the true athletism of the horse for 2 ½ minutes whilst working a cow. The rider tells the horse which cow to separate from the herd, then he drops the reins. Working on completely loose reins, the horse takes control of the cow the rider has picked. The horse has to be smart and athletically able enough to keep the cow in the middle of the pen, away from the herd. The horse defeats the cow’s every attempt to rejoin the herd until the rider picks up the reins to signal “Quit this cow.” The horse then repeats the action with one or two more cows, as time permits.

Working Ranch Horse

This class combines the reining ability, cow sense and roping ability of the horse and will be judged on the horse’s ability to do these. Each contestant will perform individually. First with the reining pattern and then releasing one cow into the arena. A breakaway rope will be used.

Ranch Sorting

This class combines the reining ability, cow sense and roping ability of the horse and will be judged on the horse’s ability to do these. Each contestant will perform individually. First with the reining pattern and then releasing one cow into the arena. A breakaway rope will be used.

Cow Catching

The purpose of this class is to simulate the task of catching a live cow on the ranch. This is a timed event that will start when exhibitor and/or cow crosses the timeline. The timeline should be placed on the end where the cow will be released, ⅓ of the arena. Exhibitor may not cross the timeline until the cow is released into the arena.

Breakaway Roping

This is a timed event with a one-minute time limit. Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied. The rope is a breakaway meaning the calf feels not pressure.

Steer Stopping

In versatility ranch horse events, competitors show off an array of skills. One potentially high-scoring maneuver is to track, rope and stop a steer to signal the completion of the cow work.

Team Roping – Heading and Healing

The heading horse and the heeling horse are to be entered and scored individually, not as a team.  All heading and heeling cattle shall be protected by horn wraps.

NOTE: ARH is open to all breeds and saddles can be western or half breed.