4 show buckle series! Best 3 out of 4 shows (by class) to count for points. Must show at at least 3 out of the 4 shows in order to be eligible for high point and division awards. Hospitality tent with snacks & drinks for exhibitors.
Classes: Ranch Riding, Ranch Rail, Ranch Trail and Ranch Conformation
Divisions: Open, Amateur, Green Horse, Green Horse (WT), Green Rider (W/T), Youth (18 & under), Short Stirrup (12&under)
April 30 - Jim McCarty; Trail - Kash Grimes (Star Valley Park, Valley Center, CA)
May 29 - Tonya Brown; Trail - Lindsey Minor (International Equestrian Center, Ramona, CA)
Sept 25 - Cathy Hanson; Trail - Cheri Vonada (International Equestrian Center, Ramona, CA)
Oct 30 - Jando Guerra; Trail - Margaret Rich (Poway Valley Riders Arena, Poway, CA)
Exhibitors: Please text or call 951-595-7536 during the show if you'd like to make changes (add/scratch/transfer) to your entries or if you have questions. Gate adds are not permitted without payment.
Ranch Rail Stakes Schedule - Class added between Classes 8 & 50% payback & a buckle or other prize to the winner, prizes for 2nd through at least 5th place (more prizes added for larger class sizes).
Ranch Rail Stakes Schedule:
April 30th - Open
May 29th - Amateur
Sept 25th - Never Won a Buckle
October 30th - Green Horse
Be sure to sign the liability waiver electronically when you receive the email, otherwise you will have to sign a hardcopy upon check-in.
Thank you to our sponsors SJR Smooth Cadilac, The Rich Group, Rusty Brown Jewelry, Show N Glo Saddle Blankets, High Rank Apparel and Ranch Horse Supply!
International Equestrian Center ranch trail course
Walk Trot Lope Divisions: Open, Amateur, Amateur Select (50&O), Youth (18&U), Green Horse WTL
Walk Trot Divisions: Green Horse WT, Green Rider WT & Short Stirrup (12&U)
Ties for class awards will be broken by score by a predetermined tie breaker, then second tie breaker and so on. If there is still a tie, a coin flip will occur.
Top Hand Award: The Top Hand award will be awarded to the rider with the most cumulative points in 8 classes (equivalent of two divisions). Top 8 placings to count. Riders may ride multiple horses and in multiple divisions, but must enter 8 classes total to qualify (example: all classes in Green Horse and Amateur division). Winners will be presented with Top Hand award, which is often a buckle or similar value. Ties for high point will be broken by number of first place placings, then second, then third, then fourth. If there is still a tie, it will be broken by a coin toss.
PLEASE NOTE: NO HIGH POINT AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN ON THE DAY OF A SHOW. PLEASE ALLOW OFFICE STAFF NECESSARY TIME TO TABULATE POINTS AND PACK UP THE SHOW.
Each division entry includes the corresponding Ranch Rail, Ranch Riding and Ranch Trail class. Divisions for this show include:
*Amateur and Amateur Select classes may combined if less than 8 entries total between the classes.
Division Champion Award: Silver belt buckles will be awarded to the horse/rider combination with the highest point total in each division for the series. At least 5 riders must compete in a division for a buckle to be awarded. Otherwise, an alternate prize may be awarded or the exhibitor may supplement the cost of the buckle if desired. All shows to count by class (no points will be dropped). In order to be eligible to win a division buckle, you must enter Ranch Riding, Ranch Rail, Ranch Trail and Ranch Conformation in that division in 3 out of 4 SD series shows. Buckles will be presented at a ceremony at the WCRH Year End banquet Dec 17th at CRC or may be mailed. Ties for high point will be broken by the number of first place placings, then second, then third, then fourth. If there is still a tie, it will be broken by a coin toss.
* WCRH reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal value.
** This show is not connected with any other WCRH event or online show. The Top Hand award and High Points for this show will be calculated only off of points in this show to the rules listed on this page.
Hospitality tent with snacks and water provided by sponsor Hague Quality Water of San Diego. Taco cart will be onsite for food purchases!
COVID Countermeasures will be in place.
Pre-entries for show #2 close May 26th. We will still accept entries up to the morning of the show with a $30 late fee per horse/rider. Electronic entry via link below is strongly preferred. Contact us at 951-595-7536 to discuss other payment options.
*** We are closely monitoring the COVID and EHV situations. If we are instructed to reschedule or feel it is unsafe to proceed, we will do so for the safety of all involved. All exhibitors will be able to either roll their fees over to the new date or receive a refund.***
1. AQHA rules apply except where WCRH rules supercede.
2. You may ride a horse that you do not own.
3. Entries close 11:59p PST the Thursday prior to each show. Late entries (submitted Friday or later) will incur a $30.00 late fee/horse & rider combination. Pre-entries are strongly encouraged!
4. There will be no concurrent classes.
5. WCRH membership is required to enter.
6. Youth is open to riders 18 & under as of January 1st of the show year. Short stirrup is open to riders 12 & under as of the show year.
7. NOTE Amateur Rule: Amateurs are non-professional competitors and must not have engaged in training horses that do not belong to them, judging horseshows, or training other riders in the last 5 years. Training other riders includes consistently coaching other riders, instructing in clinics and/or giving lessons, regardless of remuneration. The only exception to this rule is a nonprofessional competitor assisting their own children/dependents 18 years of age or younger or their parents. WCRH does not have the resources to track and police which riders receive remuneration or to carry out related investigations. WCRH reserves the right to classify riders as management deems fair and appropriate.
8. Scratches will receive a full refund (minus $5 office fee) before the entry deadline and a 75% refund after the entry deadline. You may scratch or replace the rider or horse for your entry by submitting the change to email@example.com or calling 951-595-7536. Please include rider name, horse name, class number and name and WCRH member number. Please understand that we book venues, hire judges and order prizes/awards based on participation. If everyone were be allowed to scratch at the last moment, we would no longer be able to offer these shows. In the case of rescheduling due to rain, registered competitors will have the choice to roll over the the rain date or receive a full refund. In the case of show cancellation, competitors will receive a full refund.
9. This is a WCRH sanctioned event. Points will be automatically transferred to the "Best in the West" year end awards program.
10. Any working western saddle in serviceable condition will work for ranch horse classes.
11. Dress for ranch horse classes is ranch attire meaning a long sleeve western shirt, belt, jeans, cowboy boots and cowboy hat or helmet. Wild rag, vest and/or chinks or chaps are optional. Jackets and vests are allowed as necessary for comfort.
12. In all ranch horse classes, fake tails and hoof black are not permitted. You will be disqualified if it is discovered Trimming ears and muzzle is discouraged. Clipping bridle path is allowed.
13. Western pleasure style silver and "bling" are discouraged.
14. The overall cadence and performance of gaits should have an emphasis on forward, free-flowing, and ground-covering movement. Transitions should be smooth and responsive.
15. A rider may ride two handed only with a bosal or ring snaffle on any age horse.
16. The decisions of each judge is final.
17. All breeds of horses, mules, donkeys and ponies may compete.
18. All riders under 18 are encouraged to wear a helmet for their safety.
19. In leadline classes, the horse must wear a bridle. The halter must be over the bridle for safety.
20. Riders and horses may cross enter into any division for which they qualify.
21. Horses may be ridden by multiple riders. Please keep the welfare of the horse in mind. Excessive participation of a horse will be flagged and the horse will not be able to continue participation in the show.
22. Green rider is open to riders in their first or second year of showing in ranch horse classes and is a walk trot class. You may be disqualified from the show if you enter green rider classes and you have more than 2 years’ experience showing in ranch classes.
23. Green horse is open to horses in their first or second year of showing in ranch horse classes and includes all gaits. Trainers may show in this class. Riders and horses may cross enter between walk trot and walk trot lope Green Horse classes.
24. In order to qualify for a division award, you must show in all of the classes in that division. Division awards are based on point total.
25. If enough entries, trail classes (and possibly conformation) may be work at will and have a separate judge.
26. Warm up will be available for 30 minutes in the large arena and during breaks prior to the show each day and periodically throughout the day as time allows. Please plan accordingly. There are areas is available all day long for warm up.
27. Park your truck/trailer where directed. Do not park cars in trailer parking area. You may not clean your trailer out in the parking area or you will be subject to a $50 fee.
28. Stallions are shown at your own risk and may be shown only by riders 18 years of age and older.
29. If you bring a horse on the grounds, even if you do not show it, you must see the office staff first to pay a grounds fee and sign a waiver prior to unloading. If you do not do this, you will be asked to leave the premises. You may pre-pay and sign a waiver in advance by contacting WCRH staff via phone or email or select the option during your online registration. You will be issued a different color number so that we can keep track of who has checked in with the office.
30. WCRH reserves the right to add additional buckles and/or prizes.
31. Slide stop rundowns and roping are prohibited in the warm up areas as neither of these activities are included in our ranch horse shows and can be distracting/dangerous to other competitors, unless roping is part of the trail course. If this is the case, it must only be practiced on the trail course at the roping obstacle.
32. Any errors in scoresheet calculations or point tabulations will be dealt with on a case by case basis by show management (in consultation with the main arena judge for each show) with careful consideration given to time of discovery and precedent. Calculation errors discovered more than 5 days after the end of a show for classes for which placings have already been announced cannot be corrected. Competitors show results on judge's cards are final. It is the policy of WCRH to not "take back" points and awards already given out, but to come to an outcome that is most fair for all involved.