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Ranch Riding Added to Saddlebred Rulebook for 2021

Published Date: Mar 30, 2021

The Ranch Riding Division Rules have been added to the Saddlebred Rulebook for the 2021 competition year. We are grateful to the leadership at US Equestrian for their work and consideration in granting a presidential modification to make this possible for the current competition year.

The full Saddlebred Ranch Riding rules and letter from US Equestrian President Tom O’ Mara.

An American Saddlebred Ranch Horse Division accounts for Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail, Ranch Rail Pleasure and Ranchmanship classes. These classes are to measure the ability of a horse to be a pleasure to ride while being a means of conveyance from performing one ranch task to another. It is an opportunity to reflect the versatility, attitude and movement of the American Saddlebred as a working horse.

Ranch Riding offers a great opportunity for the expansion, diversity, and vitality of the American Saddlebred. We thank our members and our VERSA Charter Club for their contributions in the development of these rules and presenting  the benefits the inclusion of this division will have for the breed. Ranch Riding is a leading division of popularity and demand for our sister trotting breed affiliates Arabian Horse Association (AHA) and American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA).  A new divisional standard will be a new market for breeders to sell and find suitable working homes for horses they raise. In addition, this division can be a catalyst for our breed to expand in geographical regions and areas of the equestrian community we are currently underrepresented.   

We already have regional competitions offering and expressing interest in including opportunity Ranch Horse classes in their schedules. VERSA will be working to develop informational videos for horse show organizers and a network of local ambassadors to facilitate demonstrations to promote the division.

We look forward to continue to update the membership on this exciting development for our members and the American Saddlebred horse.

View the full American Saddlebred and Half Saddlebred rulebooks today at usef.org.

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