What is Ranch
Ranch events are judged on the ability to work a horse at a forward moving pace, in a natural frame, whilst testing the skill and versatility of horse & rider. In Ranch Riding, Ranch Reining, Ranch Pleasure & Ranch Trail (collectively known as the pattern classes), a horse’s abilities and manners are put to the test through a series of transitions and manoeuvres. A horse’s gaits, movement and ability to ride confidently amongst other horses is showcased in Ranch on the Rail; and its ability to work cattle is tested in Ranch Cow Work, Ranch Cutting, Ranch Roping and Ranch Boxing. A horse’s conformation and suitability for ranch work is also judged in Ranch Conformation, a halter class. A ranch horse should be attentive to its surroundings, display forward moving in working gaits and be ridden with a light contact.
Once you give ranch a try, it's very easy to become hooked!