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.")


August 13, 2020 | Showing , RHC Cutting
This helpful guide outlines the difference between AQHA ranch-horse classes.
July 24, 2016 | About AQHA , Ranching events and shows
Oklahoma State University instructors lead an introduction to AQHA's ranch riding class during the AQHA International Horsemanship Camp in Ireland.
December 09, 2019 | Showing , The American Quarter Horse Journal
In the weeks since the World Show, I realized something profoundly vital to my journey as a competitive equestrian.
March 17, 2020 | News and Publications , Ranching
Prepare for AQHA’s ranch riding class with these tips from trainer Trevor Carter.
March 11, 2020 | Showing , Showing
Barbies Red Rooster is an accomplished American Quarter Horse show horse and a valued therapy horse.