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The Ranch Work Championships are all-breed, timed events based on authentic work done on a ranch, with the emphasis of efficient and proper cattle handling. The championships consists of three events - ranch course , ranch penning, and ranch roping. There is no set order of these events, but it is recommended to run the ranch penning, then ranch course, and finish with the ranch roping. Contestants must enter all three classes to be eligible for all-around prizes.

Any equipment not considered inhumane is legal (no bicycle chain bits, etc.—official and management will make the final decision if a question arises about equipment). Tie-downs, nosebands and martingales are not permitted. Use of one or two hands is acceptable on any humane bit, or hackamore. Any entry with equipment deemed inhumane, will receive a no time for the run.

Required attire includes a long-sleeved Western shirt with collar or Western motif, a Western hat, and Western boots. Shirtsleeves must be rolled down and buttoned or snapped. Shirttails must be tucked in. A helmet may be worn at the rider's discretion. Any rider not wearing required attire will receive a no time.

If blood is found on any horse and the official or management deems it to be from abuse, the rider will receive a no time for that run, and may be asked to leave the competition.

Number of cattle and arena size are subject to variance based on the facilities and number of entries.

A horse-and-rider combination may only enter once. Multiple riders may ride the same horse in the same event. Riders may also ride multiple horses.

Riders are allowed to declare a re-ride, but must do so prior to leaving the working area. If a rider declares a re-ride, the previous ride is deleted. The time from the re-ride will then become the official time for that exhibitor in that event. An additional full set of entry fees, including cattle, office and jackpot fees, are required for the re-ride. Each rider and horse combination can have only one re-ride.

In a 3-D payout, the total jackpotted entry fees of a class is to be divided 33.33% to the 1st Division, 33.33% to the 2nd Division (15 seconds off fastest time), and 33.33% to the 3rd Division (30 seconds off fastest time). Added money will be divided equally to the divisions, or can be used in the all-around awards. At any RWC show, if not enough riders qualify in a division as monies to be paid, the money which is unaccounted for shall be divided equally among those who have placed in that division. If no riders qualify in a division, the prize money for that division shall be equally divided among those riders in the other divisions of that class who have won prize money.

At managements discretion a championship round may be held after 30 entries in an event. If management would like, they can do a championship round for less than 30 entries. The entries in the paying positions from each D will come back to compete against each other. Example: 31-60, four entries come back in each D, 61-90, 5 entries come back in each D, etc. The championship round will be a clean slate round within each division. An entry cannot move up or down between divisions in the championship round. Variations of these classes can be done for a championship round.

Each event will be paid on a format based on number of entries to determine how many places are paid in each division. The following table shows the MINIMUM number of places to be paid for the stated number of entries:

3-D Format

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Rider will go through an obstacle course that shows the horses ability to carry a rider over a ranch. Only a walk, trot, extended trot, pace, single foot, or running walk will be permitted. Required obstacles will be a drag, and a jump not to exceed 18 inches. Any other maneuver or obstacle that would normally be found on a ranch is acceptable. There is a maximum of 3 minutes to complete the entire course. Time will start when the rider enters the arena gate or crosses a designated starting line. Time will end when the rider exits the arena gate or a designated finish line.

Loping, cantering, galloping or racking incur a +10 second penalty for each occurrence

Loss of rope on drag incur a +15 second penalty each occurrence

Omitting an obstacle or maneuver incurs a +30 second penalty each occurrence

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A pen in any diameter, and shape is acceptable, however an 80-90 foot pen is recommended. A minimum of 10 numbered cattle will be placed in this pen. Two cows with each number must be used in the herd. The rider will have the option to rope either cow of the number called. The rider must carry a breakaway hondo rope. When the rider enters the pen, a number will be called. The rider then has 90 seconds to rope the cow with that number. Time will start when the number is called, and will end when the hondo breaks on the cow. Only a walk, trot, extended trot, pace, single foot, or running walk will be permitted. Rider may throw as many loops as time permits.

Loping, cantering, galloping or racking incurs a +10 second penalty,
Breaking the hondo on the wrong cow is a no time

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A pen in any diameter, and shape is acceptable, however an 80-90 foot pen is recommended, the catch pen should be smaller in size. A minimum of 10 numbered cattle will be placed in this pen. Two cows with each number must be used in the herd. The rider will have the option to work either cow of the number called. Maximum of 90 seconds are allowed. Only a walk, trot, extended trot, pace, single foot, or running walk will be permitted. As the rider walks into the pen, one number will be called. The rider must cut that cow from the herd and push it into the catch pen on the opposite side of where the herd is held. Time starts when the number is called. When the rider has closed the gate on the catch pen, time will stop. Riders may pen up to 3 head, as long as the designated cow number is in the pen. If rider pens an individual cow by itself, a 5 second deduction to their time will be rewarded. For every cow over the 3 head in the pen when the gate is shut, a +5 second penalty incur.

A +5 second penalty will be incurred for loping, cantering, galloping or racking.

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This exciting and new ranch competition to give all competitors a chance at the title of “Ranch Work Champion”. We can’t wait to see you at one of our upcoming events. Please contact us with any questions or if you would like to have a Ranch Work Championship in your area.


Contact: Ranch Work Championships at 817 222-6432