Ranch Horse Pleasure has been a very successful and growing class for AQHA and popular among members and new members wanting to try class. Leave class format the same and let this popular class evolve without structural changes. (i.e. leave as individual pattern class, not adding more obstacles etc).
During the 2015 AQHA Convention, the Show Committee recommended initiation of a ranch horse trail class for the third year in a row and the initiation of a ranch rail pleasure class for the second year in a row. Both recommendations were passed as part of the committee reports during the closing membership business meeting. The stipulation was made that neither class would be implemented until 2017. The rationale for... more »
I would like to suggest that AQHA seriously consider moving the implementation of the ranch rail and ranch trail classes up to 2016 if not sooner. The membership has made it very clear that they are very much in support of ranch classes. AQHA has a huge opportunity here. The membership is asking, no, begging for these classes. How can the association not jump in with both feet and do whatever it takes to make this happen,... more »
Do we need to go extreme in every class? The Reiners have their sliding stops, their spins…their running backs…their collection. The Western Pleasure people have their collection…their slow lopes…their headsets and etc….and that is not meant to be critical…it’s just what it is. What I love about Ranch Horse Pleasure is that it is natural. It’s no doubt the main reason why people have started showing again and the class... more »
The AQHA show and pro horseman's committee recommended some excellent changes in the ranch horse platform of classes during the 2014 convention. The AQHA executive committee approved some, but not all of those changes and made changes that were not proposed and are bad for the success of this important group of classes. This is a heads up that the exhibitors interested in these classes are putting together another position... more »
Please consider adding Ranch Rail Pleasure and Ranch Halter classes to AQHA shows. I've really enjoyed these classes an non-AQHA shows, and I think they would make a valuable addition to the AQHA show sheet. They would also make it possible to have a Ranch Division Champion/High Point. I understand that it would really be adding 8 classes, not just 2 (Open, Amateur, Novice Amateur, Youth), but I think it would really... more »
The recently published tentative schedule for ranch riding (including junior, senior and amateur) requires anyone that wants to exhibit in all three of these classes to be at the show for nearly two weeks. That is not possible for those of us amateurs who work outside the horse industry. Please try to shorten this timing prior to finalizing the schedule. One week instead of two would be very much appreciated. Otherwise,... more »
I know that this does not specifically fall on the shoulders of the AQHA and more so on the show organizers/judges but the overuse of Ranch Riding Pattern #3 is becoming ridiculous. Every show is using this pattern, examples can be provided via the AQHA Ranch Riding Group on Facebook. I am sure that it is chosen because there are no ground poles to set up and fix as well as it being the quickest pattern to get through.... more »
I think that AQHA needs a youth social media coordinator. This person would try to encourage more youth the join AQHA and become more involved. They would help manage the AQHA youth Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter pages. As a participant in the 2013 AQHA Young Horse Development Program, I was able to reach out to other youth about the program by creating a Facebook page, "Megan D'Andrea and Willow 2013 AQHA... more »
I would be interested in a "ranch" type class as part of the halter classes as part of the Ranch Horse Divison. In my mind it would be similar to the way performance halter type horses are judged. Having a Ranch Halter, Ranch Trail, Ranch Pattern and a Ranch Rail class would round out a full division in my mind. As far as it goes for me - Its really tough for me to make the trip and show AQHA shows with my Ranch Horse... more »
Lets bring back this old tradition! it is common practice for working cows out west, but not very common on the east coast. We use this practice with both horses and cattle here at Sugaree Ranch. Its all the fun of roping, with more horsemanship and finesse involved than the rodeo style. Its a classic tradition passed on by vaqueros and buckaroos for centuries. Its also practiced by many famous clinicians: Buck Brannaman,... more »
Would like to see Overall Presentation of Exhibitor and Horse in
Ranch Pleasure evaluated and scored.
See Showmanship SNW374 and Horsemanship SHW433 in