Paul Henschke and WP Stututorial look perfect over the bridge in the Open Senior Horse Ranch Trail. "The Ranch Trail class is a course with a minimum of six obstacles and is designed to show a horse’s ability and willingness to perform several tasks that might be asked of him during the course of a normal day’s ranch work."
Tania Patrick rode Playing Behind The Bar in the large class of Freshmans Ranch Trail. This horse may not be an example, but Ranch Horse is giving a new life to many older Cutting, Reining and Western horses that now can help to educate new riders.
Anika MacKenzie rode Candy in the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
Judy Currucan and Hearts Unlimited step through the gate obstacle in the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
Archibald Young and Apache Peacock look good during their run in the in the Freshmans Ranch Trail. Earlier in the day Apache Peacock won the Ranch Conformation class for All Breeds Geldings 5 years and under.
Renay Gamble and Jesses Fade To Black negotiate the gate well in the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
Victoria Fuerst demonstrates how any breed can be good at Ranch Horse Trail as her crossbred Clydesdale, Monty happily works through the trot poles in the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
Tommy Read rode Lethal Lexie in the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
Colleen Davidge and Diamond Cut Lucky Player look good crossing the bridge in the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
If the aim is to not touch the poles in the Ranch Horse Trail, Rose Galluzo's Wonako certainly is trying his hardest to do the right thing.
Colleen Fleming and Tassamingo do a good job riding through the cones in the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
One of the things that makes Ranch Horse popular is the friendly, supportive atmosphere. It is aimed as a family sport with cheap membership and a zero tolerance to horse abuse. Here a rider is congratulated by her fellow competitors for completing the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
Ranch Horse classes in Australia are relatively new. A rider can compete on any breed of horse and they can compete in levels from Freshman's (beginners) through Novice, Amateur to Open events. At this event there were about 40 riders in the Freshmans division, showing the large interest in the discipline. Rachel Smith rode Aussie in the Freshmans Ranch Trail.
Jessica Oldham and Boot Smokin Boonie negotiate the poles well in the Open Senior Horse Ranch Trail.
Where possible in Ranch Horse Trail classes a normal sort of "ranch style" gate is desirable. Jesica Young and Sasas Smokin Lena made easy work of moving through this gate in the Open Senior Horse Ranch Trail.
Ranch Roping and Ranch Team Roping are two of the 9 classes offered at most Ranch Horse events. Roping can also be one of the obstacles in the Ranch Horse Trail class. Riders are only allowed one attempt to capture their "hay cow". Aaron Scobie aboard Amaroo Unique Rock was one of the few riders who did catch his cow in the Open Senior Horse Ranch Trail.
Well known horseman and Ranch Horse enthusiast, Roy Marchington gave a demonstration of riding the Ranch Trail class aboard Parraweena Sugar Daddy bridleless.
Danny Kopa and Proud Lil Merdoc produced a good run in the Open Junior Horse Trail. This combination went on to win this class and take out the The Ranchman Open High Point award.
Julie Noonan's Sadalbar Leeroy Brown was declared Champion Ranch Halter All Breeds. "The purpose of this class is to preserve the Ranch Horse type by selecting well-mannered individuals in the order of their resemblance to the breed ideal and that are the most positive combination of balance, structural correctness, and movement with appropriate breed and sex characteristics and adequate muscling".
Bruno Robinson's, An Acre Named Sue was declared Champion Ranch Conformation and Grand Champion Ranch Conformation. Later in the day An Acre Named Sue took out the High Point Versatility award.