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Ranch Horse Pleasure
CSHA offers a category of competition that recognizes the style of horse show riding that we are calling “Ranch Horse Pleasure”. So what is Ranch Horse Pleasure?
Well, if you take Western Pleasure, throw back 40 years to the 1970’s, and replace the horse and rider with one that exhibits a more natural looking, forward moving style of competition you will have Ranch Horse Pleasure.
We recognize that not everyone has or can afford the type of horse that competes in today’s Western Pleasure classes. So it is the intent of CSHA to give the vast majority of horse riders a place of their own where they will be competing against horses that look and move just like they do.
Do not confuse our offering of Ranch Horse Pleasure with what is being offered by AQHA or APHA. Our program is not intended to highlight the abilities of the working ranch horse. Our list of recognized classes are not intended to be the same as the other associations. And you should not confuse this program with Ranch Horse Versatility.
Ranch Horse Pleasure is being offered in three age divisions, 17 & Under, 18 & Over Amateur Adult and Open. Ranch Horse Pleasure qualifies as a category of competition at our annual State Championship Show held in conjunction with the Show of Champions.
Some of the classes recognized by the Ranch Horse Pleasure category are the following: Conformation, Showmanship, Pleasure, Equitation, Horsemanship, Riding, and Trail. If this looks similar to the Western Pleasure classes it is because they are.
We offer you the opportunity to ride in the same types of classes as the Western Pleasure horse, but not in the style of Western Pleasure riding that turns many of you away from showing.
The general rules for Ranch Horse Pleasure are the same as for all Western classes. The difference is in the style of showing. Judges will be looking for the more natural looking, forward moving horse. Horses traveling excessively slow or not exhibiting clear gaits will be penalized.
Horses are ridden in plain tack and saddles. Riders will wear simple long sleeve shirts and jeans. Chaps are optional. Hoof polish and tail extensions are not allowed. Excessive silver on bridles and saddles are discouraged.
If this style of competition appeals to you or if you want more information contact either your Region EW Chair or the State EW program.