Conformation is based on the structural correctness, balance and functional ability of the horse/mule to perform ranch related work. The horse’s form, meaning its’ structural correctness and balance, combined with function, meaning its’ performance in the cutting, riding, working cow and trail classes, establishes the Ranch Conformation score. We call this “Form to Function”.
Horses will walk to the judge one at a time, stop, and setup. The judge will look at your horse from many angles. Bear in mind that setting up and presenting your horse properly can add a great deal of appeal. Know your horses assets and liabilities and work with them the best you can. You will then trot off to a cone, turn left and continue trotting around the corner of a second cone and then stop at a third cone facing the direction you entered the arena where you will again set up your horse for inspection a second time. The judge will dismiss you when they have completed the scoring for your "form" portion of the conformation class.
The tabulators will take your conformation score, and each of your performance classes (cutting, working ranch, ranch riding, and trail) scores will be given a multiplier and added to your overall conformation score which results in your final placings in your division, and also in the overall "top ten" scores for the entire event placings.
See the NVRHA’s score sheets for all 5 classes for the scoring system. The pluses and minuses as well as minor and major penalties are clearly described. For further information on this category, refer to the NVRHA's current Rules & Regulations.