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.")


December 12, 2019 | News and Publications , The American Quarter Horse Journal
BRTSendingMyRegards is only the 52nd horse in AQHA history to earn the AQHA Open Supreme Champion title.
January 21, 2021 | News and Publications , Ranch Trail
Learn how to master this ubiquitous ranch maneuver, opening a gate while horseback, with advice from Randy Snodgress.
January 17, 2021 | Showing , Get Started with Horses
Become a more effective rider by perfecting these basic principles for English and western positions. Learn how to align ear, shoulder, hip and heel.
December 10, 2020 | Ranching , Ranching
Create a flowing ranch riding pattern with these tips from AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Fielding “Bozo” Rogers.
August 13, 2020 | Showing , RHC Cutting
This helpful guide outlines the difference between AQHA ranch-horse classes.