The following division descriptions serve as a brief summary of what division a rider would be classified in at a schooling competition. For a complete definition please see the NVRHA Rules and Regulations handbook.
All Youth and Amateur divisions are based on the rider/horse team's skill level and points/scores earned in 2 previous competitions.
DIVISION CLASSIFICATIONS - The schooling competition at ranch horse events separates riders into the following divisions:
Any horse, rider, breed to include Open riders (receives remuneration for teaching/training, etc.) Amateur riders may also participate in the Open division. Open division classes are entered ala carte, That means you can pick and choose what class(s) you want to ride in and you do not have to ride in all five classes.
- Novice Horse/rider team with a score of less than 230 based on Performance scores only (not conformation)
- Advanced Youth
- Limited Youth
- Novice Youth
An event manager may or may not hold a Youth division based upon the number of entries.
Youth and Amateur division placement is determined by the clinician on the clinic day of a schooling competition weekend. At the beginning of a clinic, the first-time participant will be identified and upon observation by the clinician, the clinician will recommend the most appropriate division (Novice, Intermediate or Advanced) for their division assignment for their first 2 schooling competitions in which the horse/rider team participates. Clinicians will place participants whom they judge cannot go down the fence or rope safely in the Novice Division. The average score for their first 2 events will determine their permanent division placement. In division placement, safety will always be a first consideration.
A first time participant who does NOT participate in the clinic the day prior to the schooling competition, will be placed in the Amateur class or the Advanced Youth class.
Limited (any horse/rider team) The purpose of the Limited division is:
1) to provide a place for continued education and skill development of the Novice rider who has scored out of Novice
2) to provide a box-only forum for any rider wanting to participate in the NVRHA without jeopardizing standing in another organization that does not allow fencework; and
3) to provide a box-only forum for those riders experiencing life events necessitating changes to their riding activities (age, illness, etc.)
Please see complete handbook of Rules & Regulations for moving in and out of the Limited division.