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West Coast Ranch Horse

The West Coast Ranch Horse "Best in the West" Awards program is designed to allow competitors to submit points in four different divisions from ANY ranch horse show held within the West Coast region  to compete for recognition and prizes .  The West Coast region is defined as California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and Utah.  The program year runs from February 1st to October 31st, with points updated on an ongoing basis.


Classes that may be submitted for WCRH awards program points include:


  • Ranch Riding/Pleasure (pattern class)
  • Ranch Rail 
  • Rail Trail (pattern class)
  • Ranch Conformation


Divisions include:


  • Youth: 18 and under as of January 1st of show year 
  • Green Hand: Horse and/or rider 1st or 2nd year showing in ranch horse classes* 
  • Amateur: Non-professional competitors
  • Open: All competitors are welcome to nominate for Open division


The "Best in the West" Ranch Horse Standings page displays the point totals for each division by nominated horse and rider combination.

"Best in the West" Awards include:

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"Best in the West" Division Buckles

"Best in the West" Division Buckles

"Best in the West" Division Buckles

Nominated horse and rider combination with the most cumulative points across the four WCRH recognized classes in each division is awarded a  custom WCRH belt buckle, certificate and prize pack.

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Top Hand Award

"Best in the West" Division Buckles

"Best in the West" Division Buckles

The nominated rider with the most points, regardless of horse, will be awarded a custom jacket.  *Must nominate for each horse/rider combination and each division. 

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Super Horse Award

"Best in the West" Division Buckles

Super Horse Award

The nominated horse, regardless of rider, with the most points will be awarded a custom WCRH halter and neck rosette.    *Must nominate for each horse/rider combination and each division.  

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Class Champion Awards

"Best in the West" Top Five Awards

Class Champion Awards

The nominated horse/rider combination with the most points in each class in each division will be awarded a champion ribbon, certificate and WCRH prize pack. Class champions will have the option to purchase a buckle. 

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Monthly High Points

"Best in the West" Top Five Awards

Class Champion Awards

For each month of the program, the standings are tabulated by the 10th of the subsequent month. The horse/rider combination with the most points in each division will be recognized. Prizes will vary from month to month (examples include travel mugs, hats, garment bags, etc). 

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"Best in the West" Top Five Awards

"Best in the West" Top Five Awards

"Best in the West" Top Five Awards

Top 5 medals, certificates and WCRH prize packs are given for 2nd through 5th place for highest overall cumulative scores in each division.  Reserve Champions (second overall cumulative high score in each division) have the option to purchase a buckle. 

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Don't forget...WCRH membership is also required prior for awards program nomination. 

Program Rules

  • Update: New rule for online shows! 4 online shows per month maximum per nominated horse/rider combination per division will be allowed. 
  • Annual WCRH membership for rider is required prior to awards program enrollment (also called nomination) for each calendar year. 
  • Each horse/rider combination must be nominated annually (including nomination form and payment) in the appropriate division(s) prior to showing in order to earn points. 
  • For Ranch Riding, Ranch Trail and Ranch Rail, only points from classes offered in the appropriate division count for that division's award program. (Example: Points earned in Non-Pro or Amateur Ranch Riding count towards Amateur division point totals, but would not be counted for Open division point totals)
  • Open Ranch Horse Conformation counts for points for each nominated division. 
  • Program year is February 1st to October 31st. 
  • Nominations begin January 1st of each show year.
  • You may nominate yourself to ride a horse that you do not own.
  • The horse owner, if different from rider, does not have to be a WCRH member for the horse to be nominated.
  • Horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies may participate. 
  • Nominations may be submitted electronically through our website, in person at a WCRH sanctioned show/booth or by mail. 
  • Please allow 5 business days from date of receipt for nomination processing and program enrollment. 
  • Expedited processing (24 hour) for nominations is available for additional $20 fee.
  • No additional entry fee is required after nomination is submitted.
  • Nominated horse/rider combinations must compete in a minimum of 4 shows within the West Coast region in order to qualify for prizes. 
  • Walk-trot, Novice and Green Horse/Rider classes may be counted in Green Hand and Youth division, but may not be counted for Amateur and Open. 
  • If more than 10 competitors nominate for the Youth division, WCRH will also award the highest scoring Short Stirrup (12 & U) rider. 
  • For WCRH sanctioned shows, show results and class counts are automatically transferred to WCRH by show management. 
  • For all non-sanctioned shows, WCRH "Best of the West" competitor report forms must be submitted with required signatures and attachments within 30 days of show. 
  • Competitor report forms and required attachments may be submitted via mail or by email. Refer to form for details.
  • Each show is governed by the rules of the host association. 
  • Point system will award approximately top 40% of participants.  Refer to point schedule on competitor report form. 
  • All points submitted in a program month will be tabulated and posted by the 10th day of the following month.   
  • Points become final 30 days after posting. Requests for correction must be made promptly. Please review results after the 10th of each program month (March - October). Final points will be announced to all members via email in November with a shorter period for review. 
  • Green Hand status is defined as a horse and/or rider in their first or second year of showing in ranch horse classes. Status will be double checked via online search. 
  • Amateur status is defined as a rider that has not accepted remuneration in the last five years for training, showing, judging, riding, or training/instructing a horse or rider.  
  • Youth is defined as 18 and under as of January 1st of the show year. 
  • WCRH will investigate any report of miscategorization of a horse and/or rider and reserves the right to terminate without refund any nomination where it is proven horse and/or rider do not qualify per WCRH rules.  
  • Horse substitutions are not permitted in Green Hand, Amateur and Open divisions. They are permitted in the Youth division. 
  • WCRH management and immediate family members reserve the right to participate as competitors. Points will be entered and verified by a third party.
  • If less than 10 nominations are submitted for any division, WCRH reserves the right to cancel that division and refund the nomination fees. 
  • WCRH reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal value. 
  • Membership and nomination fees are non-refundable. 

WCRH Awards Program Point Schedule

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The WCRH Awards Program point schedule is designed to allow competitors showing at large and small shows alike to be competitive in the program. 

"Best in the West" Competitor Report Form