Ranch Horse Competitions

2018 Ranch Horses Competition Series

The “Open Ranch Horse Competition” is open to any horse. The ranch horse competition is designed to demonstrate the horse’s ability to perform various tasks that may be part of working on a ranch. It consists of a reining pattern, trail obstacles, and single cattle work (no roping or sorting/cutting). It is a terrific introduction to the world of Versatility Ranch Horse Competitions for both you and your horse.

2018 Ranch Horse Dates

April 22, 2018 – Briggs Arena – Whitehall, MT – Show Results – April 22 RHC
May 19 & 20, 2018 – Circle L Arena – Belgrade, MT – May 19-20 RHC
June 23 & 24, 2018 – Briggs Arena – Whitehall, MT – June 23 & 24 Show Results
July 14 & 15, 2018 – Townsend Fair Grounds – Townsend, MT – July 14 & 15 Show Results
August 25, 2018 – Townsend Fair Grounds – Townsend, MT
August 26,2018 – RMBA & SWMMC Open Show – Townsend, MT

Get pictures of the Ranch Horse Competitions at

https://www.montanamomentsphotography.com/rocky-mountain-breeders-association-montana


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2018 Patterns (one of these NRCHA patterns will be used – please view pattern to see differences in pattern for each class. Youth and 2 Year Old classes use their own patterns listed in the below description):
Pattern 2, Pattern 6, Pattern 7, Pattern 11, Pattern 12

1) Advanced Ranch Horse: Open to any level horse and/or rider. Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Note: Rider pattern option in cow work: Roping w/ breakaway Hondo or Circling. Any Age Horse, 5-yr old/under may ride in a snaffle or hackamore. 6-yr old/over ride in a bit, as per NRCHA Bit rules for showing. Advanced horses may not compete in the Green Horse class. Advanced horse may compete in Prime Time with same or different rider and/or in Limited Rider, Novice and Youth classes with Novice or Youth rider. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

2) Prime Time Rider: Rider is 60+ years of age as of January 1. It can be any level rider and horse combination. May cross enter in other qualifying classes. Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Any Age Horse, any legal bit. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

3) Green Ranch Horse “5 Years Old & Under”: Any level rider, Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work.  Novice horse, 3, 4-5 years old, any legal bit, horse may not cross enter in Advanced Ranch Horse class. May cross enter in other qualifying classes. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

4) Green Ranch Horse “6 Years Old & Over”: Any level rider, Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work.  Novice horse, 6 years old and over, any legal bit, horse may not cross enter in Advanced Ranch Horse class. May cross enter in other qualifying classes. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

5) Limited Ranch Horse:Open to any rider that has not been judged turning a cow on the fence and/or circling a cow more than 5 times. Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. An advanced rider and advanced horse combination may not ride in the class. Any age horse, any legal bit, may not be entered in the Advanced Ranch Horse Class. May cross enter in other qualifying classes. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

6) Novice Rider Ranch Horse: Designed for the Novice Rider only. Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Note: Rider may only show in this class for a maximum of 4 years (a year is defined as competing in 50% of the shows for that year) or have won the year-end award or reserve award twice in this class. Rider can then advance to the Limited Ranch Horse class. Any age horse, any legal bit, rider may not be entered in the Advanced Ranch Horse Class. May cross enter in other qualifying classes. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

7) Green Ranch Horse “3 Year Old”: Any level rider, Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work.  Novice horse, 3 years old, any legal bit, horse may not cross enter in Advanced Ranch Horse class. May cross enter in other qualifying classes. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

8) 2 Year Old Ranch Horse: Any level rider, Pattern consists of 4 progressive patterns to be determined by management, in the series including ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work (see 2 Year Old Patterns). Horse: 2 year old horse, any legal bit, horse may not be entered in any other classes. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

9) Youth Class (16 years old & under as of January 1): Designed youth riders, 16 years old and under. Rider rides youth pattern #2 that consists of ground work, reining, cow work and trail. (see Youth Pattern #2) Rider may cross enter in other qualifying classes. Any age horse, any legal bit may be ridden two handed, second rider on same horse is okay. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

10) Beginner Youth Class (16 years old & under as of January 1): Designed for beginning youth riders only, 16 years old and under. Rider rides youth pattern #1 that consists of ground work, reining, and trail, NO Cow Work and NO log pull. (see Youth Pattern #1). Rider may not enter any other classes. Horse: Any age horse, any legal bit, may be ridden two handed, second rider on same horse is okay. Class qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show and for year-end awards.

Double boxing is designed to give riders and horses more experience reading cattle, boxing a cow, and tracking a cow down the fence to set it up to box a second time.

11) Advanced Classes – Open to any level rider and/or horse.  Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work and trail.

12) Limited class – designed for limited and novice riders and/or green horses.  Pattern consists of ground work, reining, cow work and trail.

Classes to run concurrently. Rider and horse combination may enter both classes, get one run, and pay a second entry fee of $50 (which includes a second cattle charge).

13) Open Ranch Horse Cow Work: Designed as a schooling class for any level rider that wants their performance judged and evaluated on any segment of cow work. Any age horse, any legal bit. Class does not qualify for jackpot $ the day of the show or for year-end awards.

14) Open Ranch Horse Reining: Designed as a schooling class for any level rider that wants their performance judged and evaluated. Any Age Horse, any legal bit. Class does not qualify for jackpot $ the day of the show or for year-end awards.

15) Open Ranch Horse Trail: Designed as a schooling class for any level rider that wants their performance judged and evaluated. The course consists of a minimum of six obstacles that a horse and rider may encounter in a regular day’s work on a ranch. Horses and rider may work at a walk, trot and lope while following a pattern. The course designer often incorporates the landscape into their course and can get very creative. The obstacles can consist of working a gate (open, pass through and close), dragging a log, dismounting, unbridling, re-bridling and remounting, picking up all four feet, crossing a bridge or water, jump a log, and roping a straw bale. (Trail pattern will be available day of show) Any age horse, any legal bit. Class does not qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show or for year-end awards.

 

RMBA Class Fee Schedule:
Classes 1 – 8, 11 & 12 are $75 and will count towards year-end awards; qualifies for jackpot $.
Class 9 is $60 and will count towards year-end awards; qualifies for jackpot $.
Class 10 is $30 and will count towards year-end awards; qualifies for jackpot $.
Classes 14 & 15 are $15; no jackpot $ or year-end awards
Class 13 is $40, no jackpot $ or year end awards.

If these classes (13-15) generate enough interest then we can add them to the year-end awards in future years.

  • We will accept entries the day of shows per cattle availability, but would prefer if you pre-register so we can get a cattle estimate – thanks!
  • A rider can enter the same class twice, on different horses
  • No horse may enter in more than 3 classes/day, regardless of number of riders, except if all Youth classes, in which case the horse may enter each class a maximum of 2 times (with separate riders); judge may declare any over-worked horse ineligible to compete
  • A horse cannot be ridden in the same class more than once except in youth.
  • Youth Classes: these are designed along the idea of the 4-H levels, which are defined by skill level as opposed to age.
    • Beginner Youth Class (#10) – this is for any youth who is not ready to track/work a cow safely. Entrants may not cross-enter any other class.
    • Youth Class (#9) – same as Beginner Youth but also tracks a cow. Entrants may also go in Novice Rider class or Limited Ranch Horse

FOR INFORMATION contact Edgar Icenoggle (406) 388-1903 or Kristy Sheehan (406) 396-2415

These events are held in a relaxed atmosphere – come and gain some experience, pick up some tips, make new friends!

Start time 9:30, but please try to sign up as early as possible so we can actually start at that time!

We are also offering Year-End Awards again this year – Rider must be a current RMBA member prior to their first show of the season in order to qualify!!!! Horse and rider combination must attend 50% of the shows. A maximum of 75% of the shows will apply toward year end awards points.

The RHC is PAC-approved (Paint Alternative Competition) – that means you can get APHA national credits on your horse if you have him signed up with APHA.