Special thanks to Chris Bugenig for all her time and assistance in developing this program!
The Ranch Versatility Program is a 5 year CSHA Pilot Program that was started in 2013.
The initial Program consists of up to 5 classes found in a National Ranch Versatility program. Presently the classes are:
- Ranch Riding – This class is a pattern ridden individually. These patterns are to evaluate the horse and rider’s ability to execute a set of maneuvers
- Ranch Trail – This class is a course with a set of obstacles designed to show a horse’s ability and willingness to perform several tasks asked of it in the course of normal ranch work.
- Working Ranch Horse – This class combines reining and roping abilities of the horse and is judged in two parts.
- Ranch Conformation – This class is judged to determine the most desirable combination of balance, structural correctness, sound movement with in relation to breed and gender characteristics of the horse.
- Ranch Cutting – This class demonstrates the horse’s ability to work a cow by separating it from the herd and holding it.
The CSHA Ranch Versatility Pilot Program is presently found within the CSHA Western Program as a Pilot Program due to the availability of Western Judges that have qualified in Ranch Versatility or those of any other recognized Association.
Regions are invited to start region programs using the outlined rules and scoring systems. The program closely aligns with national programs and can transition to a stand- alone program once it has gone through the pilot program phase. The future interest is to have a cumulative points system for CSHA State competition and awards.