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DW Productions LLC

RANCH HORSE AWARDS 

  • High-Point Buckles Each Weekend for both Divisions; Walk-Trot & Walk-Trot-Lope
  • Reserve Champion Awards Each Weekend for both Divisions; Walk-Trot & Walk-Trot-Lope
  • Series Year End Overall High/Point Horse & Rider: Will receive a $650 Gift Certificate to have a custom-made pair of chinks from J-H Custom Leather!  Sponsored by: The Horsemen of Iowa 
  • Series Year End High Point Buckles for Each Division; Walk-Trot & Walk-Trot-Lope 

Ranch Horse Division Sponsors

The Horsemen of Iowa

J-H Custom Leather

Scott & Carla Brunsvold: Silver Creek Ranch

Heidi Simon: The Unbridled Path, LLC

Chad, Brandon, Tiffany: CJ Franzen Farm

Heather Millard: Millard Farms 

Leashes & Leads Equine Park


Ranch Horse Conformation 

The horse will be judged on type, conformation correctness, soundness, eye appeal, and athletic ability. The horse should show balance and uniform muscling with enough athletic ability to perform different tasks on the ranch. Horses are not penalized for scars or brands.


Equipment: In conformation classes, horses are to be shown in a good working halter; rope, braided, nylon or plain leather. Equipment with silver will not count over good working tack. 


In the Arena: The exhibitor will lead your horse straight to the judge at a walk, the judge will step to the side, you will trot your horse straight away, then trot a left turn in an "L" shape, and the follow the instructions of your ring steward to set your horse up for inspection. The judge will walk around and inspect all horses after he/she watches them walk & trot. 


Attire: Appropriate western attire includes a long sleeve shirt with collar and cuff that has buttons, or snaps that must be fastened at the wrist, a western hat and boots with heels.  


Ranch Horse Western Pleasure 

A rider must show his/her horse with only one hand on the reins, unless the horse is five years old or younger and is being shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore (bosal). 


A horse will be shown at three gaits: the walk, jog and lope both directions in the arena. You may also be asked to reverse away from the rail, to stop and to back. The judge may ask for an extended walk, jog, or lope. Extended jog may be ridden by sitting in the saddle, posting or standing in the stirrups. 


The judge is looking for a forward moving horse with a natural stride that is balanced, and that gives the appearance of the horse being willing, responsive, alert and a pleasure to ride.  The horse should represent the movement of a horse that can get a job done on the ranch while possessing great athletic ability.

  

Ranch Horse Western Riding 

This is a pattern class that will show your horses ability to work at a forward, working speed while performing maneuvers.  The horse‚Äôs performance should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and that of a working ranch horse. 


The pattern may have you walk, trot and lope in both directions, stop and back. The judge is looking for smooth transitions between gaits, keeping the correct lead and maintaining the correct gait between markers. Patterns may include walking or trotting over ground poles, ability to pivot your horse, lead changes, large or small circles. 


A rider must show his/her horse with only one hand on the reins, unless the horse is five years old or younger and is being shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore (bosal).  


Additional Show Information 

Classes that Count for Walk-Trot Ranch High Point:

  • W/T Ranch Horse Conformation
  • W/T Ranch Horse Western Pleasure
  • W/T Ranch Horse Western Riding

Classes that count for Ranch Horse High-Point:

  • Ranch Horse Conformation
  • Ranch Horse Western Pleasure
  • Ranch Horse Western Riding

Show Attire for the Ranch Classes: Appropriate western attire includes a long sleeve shirt with collar and cuff that has buttons or snaps that must be fastened at the wrist, a western hat and boots with heels. Adding chinks, wild rags or western scarves are optional. Safety helmets (hard hats) are allowed in all classes.


Additional Rules:

  • Same horse/rider combo cannot go in w/t & w/t/l classes in the same day. However, the same horse may be shown in both divisions with a different rider. The same rider can show in both divisions with a different horse for each division.
  • You can only show in one like class. Example: If you choose to go in Ranch Horse Conformation, you cannot enter another halter class. If you choose to show in Ranch Horse Western Pleasure, you cannot show in another Western Pleasure class.
  • If there are no Ranch Horse classes, you can show in whatever classes you want. Example: Sundays of my series shows, there are no ranch classes so you can show in any classes you would like. Each day is a new show!
  • No fake tails are allowed in the ranch classes.
  • No hoof polish.
  • Clipping is optional and up to the discretion of the exhibitor.
  • Equipment with silver will give the exhibitor no advantage over someone without. 

Example Ranch Riding Patterns

Example Ranch Riding Pattern 1

Example Ranch Riding Pattern 2