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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.
  • Whenever mounted, safety headgear is strongly advised for riders 17 and under.
  • 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.
Entry Rules
  • Entries will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.
  • In team events, a participant may enter any number of times, as long as each team is different.
  • Only one entry per person in Ranch Trail.
  • In Ranch Cutting, Ranch Horse, Buckaroo, Ranch Reining and Ranch Riding, one person may have multiple entries, 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.
  • Once event 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 the Cutting and Sorting, in which late entries go last.
  • Age of Youth entrants 17 and under is as of January 1.
  • 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 Mock Calf Branding.
  • All ground crews must sign liability waivers.
  • ONLY LEATHER or MULEHIDE on saddle horns (NO RUBBER).
  • 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 Cutting
  • Ranch Horse, Buckaroo, Reining
  • Four-Man Mock Calf Branding
  • Junior/Senior Roping
  • Ladies/Mixed Roping
  • Old-Style Reata Roping

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
  • Ranch Riding
  • Rancher’s Choice
  • Ranch Sorting
  • Three-man Calf-Doctoring

Your saddle horn must be covered in LEATHER or MULEHIDE for these events:

  • Four-Man Mock Calf Branding
  • Junior/Senior Roping
  • Ladies/Mixed Roping
  • Old-Style Reata Roping

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.

Here is a link to the AQHA Handbook (See Equipment, page 104):

Awards / Paybacks / High Point

Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in all events.

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

  • Old Style Reata Roping
  • Four-Man Mock Branding
  • Calf Doctoring
  • Ranch Horse
  • Ranch Cutting
  • Rancher’s Choice
  • Buckaroo
  • Ladies/Mixed Roping
  • Ranch Sorting

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

  • First 40%
  • Second 30%
  • Third 20%
  • Fourth 10%

There are NO paybacks in the following events:

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

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.

There will be three High Point awards:

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

These classes contribute to High-Point:

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

The High Point scoring in qualifying classes will be as follows:

  • 1st place 4 points
  • 2nd place 3 points
  • 3rd place 2 points
  • 4th 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.
  • For Youth competitors, the place scoring is limited to the number of youth entered in a particular class.
  • Ties will be broken by flipping a coin.