Western events require the correct Western tack, the correct props, an understanding of how the event works and a good horse model.
equivalent of Compulsory Figures in Ice Skating - the horse is judged on his
responsiveness to the rider on a predetermined pattern. More about Reining. Free-Style Reining is the equivalent of the free skate of long program in Ice Skating.
The horse is judged on the walk, trot and lope. The horse should look like she is a pleasure to ride. More about Western Pleasure.
The rider is judged on the walk, trot and lope. Looks the same as Western Pleasure.
Shooting balloons while galloping a pattern. Points are given for balloons popped and time elapsed. More about Cowboy Mounted Shooting.
Two riders sort ten numbered cows from one pen to another. The cows must move into the second pen in numerical order. More about Ranch Sorting and Team Penning.
Three riders sort three marked cows from a herd of 30. The cows must enter a small pen within the allotted time. More about Team Penning and Ranch Sorting.
The horse is judged on his ability to keep a cow from returning to the herd. The score is based on how well the horse works two cows for 90 seconds. More about Cutting.
The rider guides a horse through a pattern with obstacles which might be found outdoors. More about Trail Class.
The fastest time around a cloverleaf pattern without knocking over a barrel.
Rider and horse travel between poles - gallop to the end of the pattern, weave up, weave back and gallop to the start of the pattern.
Fastest time down and back through the poles.
Rider dismounts, catches the goat and ties three feet together.
The rider drops from his horse to the back of the steer and wrestles it to the ground.
One rider catches the steer's horns and the other rider catches the steer's back leg.
Rope the calf, dismount and tie three of the calf's legs.
For 8 seconds - stay on a horse bred to buck while looking good. The riders spurs must touch the horses shoulders for each buck. The horse must learn to cover ground with high bucks.
Teaching the horse predefined skills used in Western riding. Points are given for how well the horse performs each skill.
Timed event to complete obstacles you might find on a ranch. Includes obstacles that you aren't allowed to do in trail class. More about the Extreme Cowboy Race.