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.
  • Age of Youth entrants 17 and under is as of January 1.
  • Combined age of participants for Century Roping is as of January 1.
  • Only one entry per person in Open Ranch Trail and Ltd Amateur Ranch Trail.
  • In Ltd Amateur Ranch Cutting, Open Ranch Cutting, Ranch Horse, Buckaroo, Ltd Amateur Ranch Reining and Ltd Amateur Ranch Riding, 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 for four calendar years previous.
  • Once a class starts, entries are closed.
  • 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 tie-down in any event

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
  • Ltd 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:

  • Ltd Amateur Ranch Trail
  • Ltd Amateur Ranch Riding
  • Ltd 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
  • Ltd Amateur Ranch Cutting
  • Ltd Amateur Ranch Trail
  • Ltd Amateur Ranch Riding
  • Calf Doctoring
  • Four-Man Branding
  • Jr/Sr Roping
  • Ladies Roping
  • Century Roping
  • Old-Style Reata Roping
  • Working Ranch Horse
  • Buckaroo
  • Ltd 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.