RMBA Events

2017 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.

2017 Dates

April 22 – RHC Clinic – Briggs Arena – Whitehall

April 23 – Briggs Arena – Whitehall

June 10-11 – Circle L Arena – Belgrade

July 15-16 – Circle L Arena – Belgrade

August 12-13 – Circle L Arena – Belgrade


RHC_rules_    2017 RHC Entry Blank

2016 Patterns (one of these 5 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: Rider & Horse: Open to any level horse and/or rider. Rides Advanced Pattern that consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Note: Rider pattern option in cow work: Roping w/ breakaway Hondo or Circling. Horse: Any Age Horse, 5-yr old/under may ride in a snaffle or hackamore. 6-yr old/over ride in a bit, as per AQHA Bit rules for showing. Advanced horses may not compete in Green Horse or Limited Horse classes. Advanced horse may compete in Prime Time with same or different rider and/or in 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 & Horse: 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. Rides Intermediate Pattern that consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Horse: 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”: Rider & Horse: Any level rider, rides Intermediate Pattern that consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Horse: Novice horse, 4-5 years old, any legal bit, horse may not be entered 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”: Rider & Horse: Any level rider, rides Intermediate Pattern that consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Horse: Novice horse, 6 years old and over, any legal bit, horse may not be entered 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: Rider & Horse: Designed for the Novice Rider that is not ready for the Advanced Ranch Horse class. Rider rides Limited Pattern, that consists of ground work, advanced reining, intermediate cow work, and intermediate trail work. An advanced rider and advanced horse combination may not ride in the class. Horse: 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: Rider: Designed for the Novice Rider only. Rider rides Intermediate Pattern, that consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Note: Rider may only show in this class for a maximum of 4 years or have won the year-end award or reserve award two years in this class. Rider can then advance to the Limited Ranch Horse class. Horse: 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.

7) Green Ranch Horse “3 Year Old”: Rider: Any level rider, rides Intermediate Pattern, that consists of ground work, reining, cow work, and trail work. Horse: Novice horse, 3 years old, any legal bit, horse may not be entered 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: Rider: Any level rider, rides Basic Pattern that 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,2016RHCpatterns-2YrOld). 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): Rider: Designed youth riders only, 16 years old and under. Rider rides youth pattern #2 that consists of ground work, reining, cow work and trail. (see Youth Pattern #2, 2016RHCpatterns-Youth) Rider may cross enter in other qualifying 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.

10) Beginner Youth Class (16 years old & under as of January 1): Rider: Designed beginning youth riders only, 16 years old and under. Rider rides youth pattern #1 that consists of ground work, reining, NO cow work and trail, NO log pull. (see Youth Pattern #1,2016RHCpatterns-Youth). Rider may not enter any other classes. Horse: Any age horse, any legal bit to 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.

11) Open Ranch Horse Boxing: Rider: Designed as a schooling class for any level rider that wants their performance judged. Rider rides Intermediate Cow Work Pattern. Horse: Any age horse, any legal bit per AQHA Bit rules for showing. Class does not qualify for jackpot $ the day of the show or for year-end awards.

12) Open Ranch Horse Reining: Rider: Designed as a schooling class for any level rider that wants their performance judged. Rider rides Intermediate Reining Pattern.. Horse: Any Age Horse, any legal bit per AQHA Bit rules for showing. Class does not qualify for jackpot $ the day of the show or for year-end awards.

13) Open Ranch Horse Trail: Rider: Designed as a schooling class for any level rider that wants their performance judged. 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 will work at 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) Horse: Any age horse, any legal bit per AQHA Bit rules for showing. Class does not qualifies for jackpot $ the day of the show or for year-end awards.

 

RMBA Class Fee Schedule:
Classes 1 – 8 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 $25 and will count towards year-end awards; qualifies for jackpot $.
Classes 11 & 13 are $15; no jackpot $ or year-end awards
Class 12 is $40, ($15 for the class and $25 for the cattle fee).  no jackpot $ or year end awards.

If these classes (11-13) 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 horse cannot be in both a Green class and Advanced Class (although they may be in a Novice Rider Class with one rider and an Advanced Class with a different rider).
  • 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 2- year old horse may not enter any other classes.
  • 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 (#5)

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 10:00, 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 an RMBA member before the beginning of the show season in order to qualify!!!! There will be a minimum number of shows attended per horse/rider/class combination required (50%)

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.