This class is ridden and judged individually. The patterns truly show how broke and responsive your horse is to your queues. The patterns will have you walk, trot and lope in both directions, stop and back. A ranch horse is expected to perform these functions at smooth working speeds. The judge is looking for smooth transitions between gaits, keeping the correct lead and maintaining the correct gait between markers.
A rider must show his horse with only one hand on the reins, unless the horse is five years old or younger and is being shown in a snaffle bit or hackamore (bosal).
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, or contact us for any clarification of this event www.nvrha.org.