The purpose of the ranch riding class is to show a working horse's:
In this class, the primary considerations are the horse's quality of movement and overall manners and responsiveness while performing the required maneuvers. The class should allow the horse to show its ability to work at a forward working speed while under the control of the rider. A horse being shown with light contact should be rewarded.
No horses younger than 3 years of age
Each horse will work individually, performing both required and optional maneuvers:
Required maneuvers: walk, jog, lope both directions and the extended jog and lope in at least one direction as well as stops, turn to change directions, and back.
Optional maneuvers: side pass, turns of 360° or more, change of lead (simple or flying), walk, jog, or lope over a pole(s), or some reasonable combination for a ranch horse to perform.
The maneuvers may be arranged in various combinations with final approval by the judge.
The overall cadence and performance of the gaits should be those described above with emphasis on forward, free-flowing, and ground-covering movement at all gaits. Transitions where designated should be smooth and responsive.
There is no time limit.
One of the four prescribed patterns may be used; however, a judge may utilize a different pattern as long as all required maneuvers are included plus three or more optional maneuvers.
A horse that fails to perform a required maneuver will be placed below all other horses that perform all maneuvers.
The use of natural logs is encouraged.
Posting at the extended trot is acceptable; touching or holding the saddle horn is also acceptable.
Apparel and Equipment
No hoof polish
No braided or banded manes or tail extensions
Trimming inside ears is discouraged
Trimming bridle path is allowed
Trimming of fetlocks or excessive (long) facial hair is allowed
Equipment with silver should not count over a good working outfit. Silver on bridles and saddles is discouraged.
Scoring is on the basis of 0 to 100, with 70 denoting an average performance.
One point penalties:
Too slow/per gait
Out of frame
Break of gait at walk or jog for two strides or less
Split log at lope
Three point penalties:
Break of gait at walk or jog for more than 2 strides