Ranch Riding

The ranch riding horse should simulate a horse riding outside the confines of an arena and reflect the versatility, attitude and movement of a working horse. The class is judged on the horse's ability to work at a forward, working speed while performing the required and optional maneuvers. The required maneuvers are the walk, jog and lope (both directions), the extended trot and extended lope at least one direction as well as stops, back and one change of direction. The optional maneuvers are sidepass; turns of 360 degrees or more; change of lead (simple or flying); walk, jog or lope over poles or other reasonable maneuvers a ranch horse could perform. Scoring is on a 0-100 point scale with 70 denoting an average performance. (Ranch riding is formerly known as "ranch horse pleasure.")


June 02, 2022 | News and Publications , Ranching
Collegiate stock horse teams are offered at four-year and two-year colleges. Students compete on their own, school-owned or leased horses in ranch horse competition. 
May 11, 2022 | Showing , Ranch Trail
What were the top ranch horse bloodlines in 2021? View the top sires and their money earners.
March 24, 2022 | News and Publications , Ranching
​​​​​​​Old documents shed light on some historic unknowns in Quarter Horse pedigree history.
February 25, 2022 | Showing , Ranching
Create a flowing ranch riding pattern with these tips from AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Fielding “Bozo” Rogers.
December 21, 2021 | Ranching , Ranching
Turnarounds: A maneuver you’ll need in everything you do with your horse.