Ranch Riding Classes

What is Ranch Riding?

Ranch Riding classes are designed to showcase the movement and versatility of ranch style horses. Riders and their horses work individually in the ring to complete a pre-determined pattern which is scored by a judge. The pattern may consist of specified gaits: walk, trot, extended trot, lope, and extended lope; along with some optional maneuvers and a change of direction somewhere in the pattern.

Optional maneuvers may include sidepass; turns of 360 degrees or more; change of leads (simple or flying); walk, jog, or lope over poles; and any other reasonable ranch maneuver.

AQHA publishes the patterns used in Ranch Riding. They can be downloaded at https://www.aqha.com/journal/resources/exhibitors/patterns/

Classes may be split or combined based on entries received.