Ranch Sorting is one of the fastest growing equine sports. In this timed, team event, consisting of two riders, the cattle are cut in numbered order based on the draw given when the one of the riders pass the start line. The designated cow must be cut from the herd and driven to the adjoining pen. The team that sorts all ten and/or the most number of head in the correct order with the fastest time will be declared the winner. The cattle are numbered from 0-10. There are two “blank” cattle to make it even more exciting!
In Ranch Sorting, the team must exercise communication skills, working in tandem, reading the cows, anticipating the next move, like a good game of chess. It takes skill and finesse to read the herd correctly, which can be different each time you enter the pen. This is a sport for all ages, allowing beginners and more season riders to compete head to head!
Working Ranch/Stock Horse Competition
Event showcases a well-trained, all-around horse. The horse needs to be relaxed enough for the pleasure, guide well enough for the trail and reining, and have the desire to work cattle. There are no disqualifications for these classes, which encourages everyone to come out and participate in the fun! These classes are designed to develop your horsemanship and help you become the horseman that you desire to be, offering real life applications to what a working ranch horse would experience every day!
Stock Horse Pleasure—Contestants must walk, trot and lope horses smoothly and efficiently on a designated course.
Stock Horse Trail—Horses perform some of the many tasks required of them in the course of actual ranch work. For example, they may be asked to walk over bridges, walk through brush, back into confined spaces, open/close gate and jump over obstacles or drag hay bales.
Working Cow—Participants demonstrate the skill and athleticism necessary to move cattle to specific areas while on horseback.
Stock Horse Reining—Horses must show they can be willingly guided and ridden through specific patterns.
The Lead Line class is the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to the show ring with parental control yet allow the child to demonstrate their ability to manage their horse, learn about showmanship and to be a good sport!
What judges look for in the show ring!
Position, control, appearance and knowledge. Good form includes heels down, straight back with shoulders back, lower leg underneath them, not forward, low and soft hands, eyes looking ahead, steady and balanced seat not wobbling from side to side
ATTIRE Youth may exhibit in Western or English attire. Equipment on the horse must correspond with exhibitor attire, including a saddle adjusted so that the exhibitor’s feet are placed properly in stirrups.
AGE This class is for Youth three to eight years of age as of January 1. The horse must be led by an individual 16 years of age or older, and the contestant must exhibit some knowledge of equitation. Important: The contestant in a lead line class may not show in other riding classes at that show, but the horse can be used in other classes.
OWNERSHIP It is not necessary that the horse be in the rider’s name.
*Subject to change, please see the official rules at www.apha.com