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 27, 2019 | News and Publications , Ranching
Introduce, fit and use a hackamore, or bosal, on your horse, with advice from AQHA Professional Horsemen Carol and Steve Metcalf.
July 16, 2021 | News and Publications , Ranch Trail
King Ranch’s breeding program produces its first bred and owned AQHA world champion, Coronel Del Rancho. 
May 25, 2021 | News and Publications , Ranching
Training tips for jaw-dropping, credit-earning maneuvers when performing the extended lope to extended trot transition in ranch riding.
May 23, 2021 | 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 03, 2021 | News and Publications , Ranch Trail
What were the top ranch horse bloodlines in 2020? View the top sires and their money-earners.