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 consist 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. We set out to solve two problems we currently see among the ranch eventing community.
One being the judged aspects. Most people have a hard time understanding judging or have no interest in it. Ranch Work Championships are all timed but are capped at a trot speed. The reasons for this are simple. Being timed allows you to show off your skills to locate (Ranch Course), gather (Ranch Penning), and doctor (Ranch Roping) cattle in an efficient manner.
Secondly, when we considered the fact that cowboys maneuver cattle a gentler way than what is portrayed in other ranch events, we wanted competitors to handle cattle like a cowboy would on ranch. That’s why all classes are walk/trot only. There is no loping in a Ranch Work Championship event.
Number of cattle and arena size are subject to variance based on the facilities and number of entries. A rider and horse combination can only enter once. Multiple riders can ride the same horse in the same event. Riders may also ride multiple horses.
Rider will go thru an obstacle course that shows the horses ability to carry a rider over a ranch. The event management or officials will design the course. 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.
DETAILS: • 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 • Only a walk, trot, extended trot, pace, single foot, or running walk will be permitted • There is a maximum of 3 minutes to complete the entire course
PENALTIES: • Loping (with the exception of two strides after the jump), cantering, galloping or racking +10 second penalty each occurrence • Loss of rope on drag +15 second penalty each occurrence • Incorrectly performing an obstacle or maneuver +15 • Knocking down or severely disturbing an obstacle +15 • Omitting an obstacle or maneuver +30 second penalty each occurrence
A minimum of 10 numbered cattle will be placed in this pen, and 5 or more unnumbered. 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. When the rider enters the pen, a number will be called.
DETAILS: • The rider must carry a breakaway hondo rope • Time will start when the number is called and will end when the hondo breaks on the cow. • The rider then has 90 seconds to rope the cow with designated number • Only a walk, trot, extended trot, pace, single foot, or running walk will be permitted • Rider may throw as many loops as time permits • Legal catch is any catch that passes over the head, around the horns, or any foot.
PENALTIES: • Loping, cantering, galloping or racking +10 second penalty, • Breaking the hondo on wrong cow is a no time • Breaking the hondo at any point during your run for any reason, excluding a legal catch, is a no time
A minimum of 10 numbered cattle will be placed in this pen, and 5 or more unnumbered. 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. As the rider walks into the pen, one number will be called. The rider must separate that cow from the herd and push them into the catch pen on the opposite side of where the herd is held. Rider is allowed up to two additional head in the pen when the gate shuts, which is a total of 3 head. The rider can bring as many head into the pen as they want and sort out of the smaller pen. Penalties and deductions will only be assessed when the gate is shut.
• Maximum of 90 seconds are allowed • Time starts when the number is called. When the rider has closed the gate on the catch pen, time will stop • Rider will receive a 5 second time deduction if only the one correct numbered cow is in the pen when gate is shut • Only a walk, trot, extended trot, pace, single foot, or running walk will be permitted • Shutting the gate without the correct numbered cow in the catch pen is a no time
• Loping, cantering, galloping or racking +10 second penalty each occurrence • Not shutting the gate, even if the correct numbered cow is alone in the pen is a no time • Shutting the gate without the correct numbered cow in the catch pen is a no time • +5 second penalty for every addition cow over 3 head in the catch pen once gate is shut
Fort Worth, TX – Will Rogers Memorial Center, Watt Arena
$125 Ranch Course, $150 Ranch Roping, $150 Ranch Penning
Pre-Entry Deadline – September 22, 2019
Additional entries will be accepted after September 22, but fresh cattle will not be guaranteed. Must be entered prior to the start of each event in which you wish to enter.
This exciting and new ranch competition is designed 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