πŸ† Ranch Riding

How do I enter?

Competition is now open and there are two groups/times, for this competition:

  • Group A – 11am Sunday 3rd of October – Click Here
  • Group B – 1pm Sunday 3rd of October – Click Here 
Only one entry allowed by ticket holder to either the 11am or the 1pm group time.

Who will be judges for the competition?

Kim Thake

What are rules for the competition?

The ranch riding horse should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and reflect the versatility, attitude and movement of a working horse. 

The class is judged on the horse’s ability to work at a forward, working speed while performing the required and optional manoeuvre. The required manoeuvre are the walk, jog and lope (both directions), the extended trot and extended lope at least one direction as well as stops, back and one change of direction. 

The optional manoeuvre are side-pass; turns of 360 degrees or more; change of lead (simple or flying); walk, jog or lope over poles or other reasonable manoeuvre a ranch horse could perform.

Scoring is on a 0-100 point scale with 70 denoting an average performance.

The judge will release the patterns to all competitors once the draws are completed. They will be published on the cowgirls gathering website a minimum of 2 weeks before the event.

What are the divisions?

OPEN: Any rider that takes remuneration for training horses, starting colts, giving lessons. Anyone that is experienced at showing and has won events in western riding.

AMATEUR: An amateur must not have shown, judged, trained, nor instructed another person in riding or training a horse for remuneration. An amateur may accept prizes, payback, or purses for events and maintain Amateur status.

BEGINNER: Riders of any age who are in their first year of showing. Riders in this class may ride their horses 2 handed in a snaffle bit if they are over 6 years of age (In other classes horses over 6 years of age must be shown one handed in a bridle bit). If a rider is competing in a bridle bit they must ride one handed.

YOUTH: A Youth that is 18 years old or younger on January 1 is eligible for the youth division. Youth (18 years and younger) may not ride a stallion.

GENERAL RULES

– Reruns will not be allowed in instances of equipment failure.
– When exhibitor equipment failure causes a delay or a run to be discontinued, the Judge will disqualify the entry.

Equipment and Accoutrement that is unsafe or unfair – The Judge will have the authority to require the removal or alteration of any piece of equipment or accoutrement which is unsafe, or in his/her opinion would tend to give a horse/rider an unfair advantage or which he/she believes to be inhumane.

Lameness – The Judge will examine all horses exhibited in any class for lameness. This is essential regardless of whether the competition indicates it is necessary. Obvious lameness will be cause for disqualification. 

Obvious lameness is: consistently observable at a trot under all circumstances noticeable nodding, hitching or shortened stride

* minimal weight-bearing in motion and/or at rest and inability to move

No training equipment is allowed in the marshalling area or the performance arena one (1) hour prior to the commencement of the show and one (1) hour after the cessation of the show, on each day of the show.

When do you need to turn up and to where?

Please arrive at least 20 mins prior to the start time of the event to allow time for the judge to address the group and answer any last minute questions you may have.   This will also give you time to complete any paperwork and collect your competitor number.

What are the are restrictions?

Minimum age is 12 years old at the time of the event.

Are there any restrictions to the horse or gear?

Ranch riding is open to any breed of horse.  No training gear is allowed, even in the warm up area. Training gear includes, nosebands, martingales, tie downs etc.  Traditional ranch work saddles and bridles (not too much silver) are most often used. Split reins or a romal are acceptable in amateur and open classes any horses six years and older must be ridden one handed and with a bridle bit. Horses five years and younger may be ridden two handed with a snaffle bit or a hackamore inane of the divisions. Horses are to be shown in a natural state, no braiding of manes and tails.

Youth competitors (anyone under 18 years of age) must wear a helmet

When will be the presentation be?

The presentation will be straight after the second group.  Those top three in the first group will be asked to come back at the end of the second group for the formal presentation.

What do I need to bring?

Horse, tack, correct attire.

What if you can no longer make it?

Please notify us via email at [email protected] as soon as possible. Your place will then be given to the next person on the waiting list. If this occurs during the event please report to the Customer Service Desk and notify them of your withdrawal.

Will there be any fee for entering?

No.

Any questions please feel free to ask by e-mailing [email protected] or shooting them to us below.

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