Competition Rules

Please see the Class Descriptions page for individual class descriptions.

General Rules
  • All livestock must be handled in a manner in keeping with good ranch practices.
  • Attire: cowboy hat or safety headgear, long sleeve shirt, jeans, heeled cowboy boots.
  • A Judge’s decision is final. Arguing with a Judge will result in disqualification.
  • Dog Policy: No dogs are permitted on the grounds during the Ranch Roundup. The Trail & Saddle Club is a horse facility, and the safety of horse and rider is our first priority. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Helmet Policy: All riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while mounted.
Entry Rules
  • Entries will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • No same-day entries. You must be pre-entered in at least one class to add on show days.
  • In team events, a participant may enter twice, as long as each team is different.
  • In Ranch Cutting (Amateur or Open), Ranch Trail (Amateur or Open), Amateur Ranch Reining, Amateur Ranch Riding, Ranch Horse and Buckaroo, one person may enter twice, but each go must be on a different horse. Each go will qualify for placed awards, but only one score can be counted toward High Point.
  • In Open Ranch Reining and Open Ranch Riding, one person may enter any number of times, but each go must be on a different horse. Each go will qualify for placed awards, but only one score can be counted toward High Point.
  • For the Open Division, professional competitors are defined as those have shown, judged, trained or assisted in training a horse for remuneration, monetary or otherwise, either directly or indirectly, or received remuneration for instructing another person in riding, driving, training or showing a horse any of the four calendar years previous.
  • Once a class starts, entries are closed.
  • Age of Youth entrants 17 and under is as of January 1.
  • Combined age of participants for Century Roping is as of January 1.
  • All late entries will be charged a one-time office fee of $20.
  • All late entries will go first in the draw, except Ranch Cutting and Ranch Sorting, in which late entries go last.
  • Full refunds will be issued only if the participant scratches a class ten or more days prior to the event. 50% refunds will be issued for scratches made 1-9 days prior to the event. There will be no refunds for scratches made on the day of the event.
  • Management reserves the right to cancel or combine classes.
Branding / Roping
  • WALK-TROT ONLY. Time penalties to be added at Judge’s discretion for breaking this rule.
  • Brand can not leave the “fire” until ropes are set and calf is stretched between horses.
  • Time ends when brand is back in the “fire” after the last calf.
  • Legal head shot may include a figure eight or one front leg.
  • Ground crew does not have to pay an entry fee, except in the Four-Man Calf Branding.
  • All ground crews must sign liability waivers.
  • See the Equipment fold-out below for tack restrictions.
Equipment / Tack

NO-NOS:

  • Tie downs
  • Mechanical hackamores

The following classes follow AQHA equipment rules:

  • Ranch Riding
  • Ranch Cutting
  • Ranch Reining
  • Buckaroo
  • Working Ranch Horse

The following classes follow AQHA equipment rules, with the following addition- Horses of any age may be shown two-handed in a hackamore or snaffle:

  • Ranch Trail
  • Rancher’s Choice
  • Ranch Sorting
  • Four-Man Calf-Doctoring
  • Four-Man Calf Branding
  • Junior/Senior Roping
  • Ladies Roping
  • Century Roping
  • Old-Style Reata Roping

Additional Old-Style Reata Roping Requirements:

  • Competitor MUST use a reata
  • Horses to be in hackamore, 2 rein or straight-up in the bridle
  • Romals are required
  • Your saddle horn must be covered in LEATHER or MULEHIDE

Here is a link to the AQHA Handbook (See Equipment, page 105):

Awards / Paybacks

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, except for Open Division classes, where awards are given to 1st.

In the following events $20 from each entry will be pooled for paybacks:

  • Old Style Reata Roping
  • Four-Man Branding
  • Calf Doctoring
  • Working Ranch Horse
  • Amateur Ranch Cutting
  • Open Ranch Cutting
  • Open Ranch Trail
  • Open Ranch Riding
  • Open Reining
  • Rancher’s Choice
  • Buckaroo
  • Ladies Roping
  • Century Roping
  • Ranch Sorting

There are NO paybacks in the following events:

  • Amateur Ranch Trail
  • Amateur Ranch Riding
  • Amateur Reining
  • Jr/Sr Roping
  • Jr/Sr Rancher’s Choice

Paybacks are in addition to any awards and will be as follows:

  • First 50%
  • Second 30%
  • Third 20%

Most paybacks will be made by check mailed within ten days of the event. For Youth Riders, we will offer a parent (or other person who paid the entry fee) the option of a cash payback the day of the event.

High Point / Open Champion

There will be three High Point awards and two Open Division awards:

  • Men’s (18 years & over)
  • Women’s (18 years & over)
  • Youth (17 years & under)
  • Open Champion
  • Open Reserve Champion

All classes, except Open Division, contribute to High-Point:

  • Rancher’s Choice
  • Ranch Sorting
  • Amateur Ranch Cutting
  • Amateur Ranch Trail
  • Amateur Ranch Riding
  • Calf Doctoring
  • Four-Man Branding
  • Jr/Sr Roping
  • Ladies Roping
  • Century Roping
  • Old-Style Reata Roping
  • Working Ranch Horse
  • Buckaroo
  • Amateur Reining

Open Division classes contribute to Open Champion and Open Reserve Champion awards:

  • Open Ranch Cutting
  • Open Ranch Trail
  • Open Ranch Riding
  • Open Reining

High Point and Open Champion scoring in qualifying classes will be as follows. Note that if there are fewer than ten entries in a class, the points given are limited to the number of entries (for instance if 6 in a class, first place gets 6 points):

  • 1st place 10 points
  • 2nd place 9 points
  • 3rd place 8 points
  • 4th place 7 points
  • 5th place 6 points
  • 6th place 5 points
  • 7th place 4 points
  • 8th place 3 points
  • 9th place 2 points
  • 10th place 1 point

Note:

  • If rider enters more than once in a class, they can count points only for the highest placing.
  • High Point winners must place 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in at least two events.
  • Place scoring is limited to the number of entries in a particular class.
  • Ties will be broken by flipping a coin.

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P.O. Box 521
Carmel Valley, CA. 93924

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