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Other Ranch Horse Classes

There are a number of other exciting classes in the Australian Ranch Horse rule book.

Ranch 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.

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 pertains to these classes.

Ranch Rush

Ranch Rush is a timed event for trail events. The class challenges a horse’s ability to complete obstacles at speed and fluently throughout the course. The exhibitors are judged on fastest time less penalties for incomplete or poor performance on individual obstacles.

Cutting

Cutting is showing the true athletism of the horse for 2 ½ minutes whilst working a ow. 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 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 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.

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