Ties for class awards will be broken by score by a predetermined obstacle, then second obstacle and so on. If there is still a tie, a coin flip will occur.
Division Awards - Buckles & Champion Sash:
Awarded to the rider with the most cumulative points in each division. Please allow about 60 days from announcement of champions for buckles to be made. In order for buckles to be awarded, participation must be an average of at least 5 riders showing in a full division (all four classes) for that division. In less than an average of 5 riders show in the full division, only neck sashes will be awarded. In the case of insufficient participation, buckles may be subsidized by the competitor.
Top Hand High Point Award - Rusty Brown Necklace (Valued at $125):
Awarded to the rider with the most cumulative points (awarded according to the WCRH point schedule). Points may be from multiple horses and multiple divisions. Ties for high point will be broken by the number of top ten finishes, then first place placings, then second, then third, then fourth. If there is still a tie, it will be broken by a coin toss.
* IRHA reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal value.
** This show is not connected with any other show. The Top Hand award and High Points for this show will be calculated only off of points in this show.
Please note: All awards and ribbons are packaged and shipped at the end of each series.
This is the only WCRH online buckle series of the year! To qualify for the World Show, you must show in 2 out of the 4 Classic Shows.
(Extended Entry and Submission Deadline)
Pre-entry deadline : Sunday, August 20th
Video deadline: Sunday, August 27th
(All deadlines are 11:59pm PDT)
$115 Division Entry
$30/Class (All individual Classes)
All Walk Trot and Walk Trot Lope classes will use the same respective patterns.
Walk Trot = Short Stirrup, Green Rider and Green Horse W/T
Walk Trot Lope = Open, Amateur, Amateur Select, Green Horse WTL and Youth
For the trail course, you can substitute cones for plants or similar sized (safe) objects for cone. You may use a standard or other stand in lieu of a barrel as well. Slicker may be on barrel, standard or similar. You may also have a person hand you the slicker. Gate can be rope or fixed. Walk over distance is 26 - 30".
Drag is performed only by Open, Amateur and Amateur Select exhibitors. Drag a log or pole. Please keep safety in mind when dragging. Dally around the front of the horn and do not allow item to hit horse in the legs. Pay special attention to the rope as you are placing it back on the stand so that your horse does not step into it. If you do not have a stand or standard, a person can hand you the rope.
1. AQHA rules apply except where IRHA rules supercede. See full IRHA rulebook here: https://westcoastranchhorse.com/rulebook
2. You may ride a horse that you do not own.
3. Show is open to riders from any location.
4. Late entries are permitted up until the video submission deadline with a $20.00 late fee.
5. Videos must be submitted by the date listed above. It is preferred that you submit a YouTube link for your videos if possible in lieu of submitting the files. Click here for help uploading to YouTube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?co=GENIE.Platform%3DiOS&hl=en
6. The same video may not be submitted for different divisions of the same class. There will be no concurrent classes.
7. IRHA membership is required to enter. Online show membership for the International Ranch horse Program is available at a discounted rate. Online membership is good for all online IRHA shows for the calendar year.
8. Videos must not be edited in any way and must be a continuous shot. Editing will result in immediate disqualification and exclusion from any future IRHA events.
9. Entry and membership fees are non-refundable. You may replace the rider or horse for your entry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org your change. Please include rider name, horse name, class number and name and IRHA member number.
10. This is a IRHA sanctioned event. Points will be automatically transferred to the "Best in the West" year end awards program for nominated riders. .
11. A rider may ride two handed only with a bosal or ring snaffle.
12. The decisions of each judge is final.
13. All breeds of horses, mules, donkeys and ponies may compete.
14. All riders under 18 are encouraged to wear a helmet for their safety.
15. Riders and horses may cross enter into any division for which they qualify.
16. An office charge is included with the entry to cover the cost of shipping ribbons. You may opt out of receiving ribbons for a discount on your registration. If you win a Champion prize and did not pay the office fee, you will need to pay actual shipping.
17. Those receiving awards outside of the continental US may need to supplement shipping costs. This will be determined on a case by case basis. Shipping timelines are out of our control, especially for international shipments. We will provide tracking information. We appreciate your patience.
18. Buckles will be awarded to the horse/rider combination in each division* (except Leadline and Lunge line) with highest point totals in each division's classes: Ranch Trail, Ranch Rail, Ranch Riding and Ranch Conformation. Note: Competitors must show in all 4 classes in the 2 shows to be eligible for the division high point buckles. NOTE: *In order for a division buckle to be awarded, there must be at least 5 exhibitors on average entered in the division (all 4 classes) for both shows of the series. If there are not 5 exhibitors, an alternate prize will be awarded. Champion competitors may supplement the cost of the buckle if participation is not sufficient.
19. If less than 4 exhibitors enter a class or division, that division may be canceled for that show. Exhibitors will receive a refund or the option to transfer into another division/class.
20. Due dates may be adjusted due to weather conditions, fires, etc based affecting registered exhibitors.
Division Eligibility (Source: IRHA Rulebook)
D1. The Youth division is open to riders 18 & under as of January 1st of the current show year. The Short Stirrup division is open to riders 12 & under as of January 1st of the current show year.
D2. The Green Rider division is open to Amateur riders in their first or second year of showing in ranch horse classes and is a walk trot class. Riders in this class may not have won more than $2500 cumulative earnings in any related western performance class to include reined cow horse, reining, ranch horse, etc.
D3. The Green Horse divisions are open to horses in their first or second year of showing in ranch horse classes and may be offered as a walk trot class and/or walk trot lope class. All riders may show in the Green Horse classes, including Open, Amateur and Youth riders. Green Horses must not have not earned over $10,000 in any related western performance discipline (to include reined cow horse, reining, ranch horse, etc) and must not have won a World or Reserve World Championship in any related western performance class.
D4. Amateurs are non-professional competitors that have not earned over $50,000 in any related western performance discipline (to include reined cow horse, reining, ranch horse, etc) in their lifetime. Amateurs must not have engaged in training or assisting in training horses that do not belong to them in any capacity, judging horseshows, or training/coaching other riders in the last 5 years, regardless of whether they received payment. Training other riders includes coaching other riders, instructing in clinics and/or giving lessons, regardless of remuneration. The only exception to the coaching rule is for immediate family. An Amateur competitor may coach/assist their own children/dependents of which they have legal guardianship and/or their parents. The Amateur rules apply to riders in the Amateur, Amateur Select and Amateur Limited divisions. Earnings are determined through available sources such as Equistat reports, IRHA records, competitor self-reporting and other reliable sources. IRHA does not have the resources to track and police which riders receive remuneration or to carry out related investigations. IRHA reserves the right to classify riders as management deems fair and appropriate. If you have questions as to your or your classification, please contact show management.
D5. An Amateur Limited rider is a non-professional competitor that has not won more than 5 blue ribbons in ranch performance classes (ranch riding, ranch rail, ranch trail) in addition to qualifying as an Amateur competitor. (Does not apply to online shows as this division is offered at live shows only.)
D6. An Amateur Select rider is a non-professional competitor that meets the age requirement of being 50 years or older before the start of the show in addition to qualifying as an Amateur competitor. For Amateur Select competitors only, if no earnings within the last 10 years, earning calculations will reset to $0 starting at the last recorded dollar earned.
D7. Eligibility based on earnings and/or class wins is to be determined/reassessed at the beginning of each show series or world show. If a rider or horse surpasses earnings or class win limits during a series or world show, they are permitted to finish out the series or multiday show in that division.
D8. Timed events such as team roping, barrel racing and ranch sorting are not considered western performance classes and are excluded from earning calculations.
D8. If it is discovered that a rider and/or their horse does not qualify for a division and are determined to be ineligible based on IRHA qualification rules, the rider and/or horse will be disqualified. Riders discovered to be ineligible for a division are to return all winnings and awards won in that division to IRHA. No refunds will be given.
(Note: Earnings limit rules were instituted on 7/30/2022. See AQHA rule SHW220.1 for full definition of "immediate family". )