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Ranch Riding

Ranch Riding

A. This class is OPTIONAL at all levels with this class being pointed in
2 divisions, 18 & under and 19 & over for National Year‐End
Awards and for individual class points toward ROM Ranch Horse
Riding only. This class will not count toward any other Year‐End
or High Point Awards.
B. Classes may be run at a separate location and concurrently with
other classes. The show committee or judge may designate a
qualified person(s) over the age of 18 to judge this class. Judges’
cards MUST be signed by the person judging the class. Two
judges are required at a Pony Rama or any double judged show.
C. TACK AND ATTIRE
Working attire may be a long sleeved western shirt with a collar,
jeans, western boots and western hat or approved safety
helmet. Show attire may be worn with no penalty as saddles and
bridles with silver ARE acceptable but not given preference over
clean working saddles and bridles. Banded manes are allowed
with no preference over natural or roached manes. Tail
extensions are allowed.
D. CLASS ROUTINE
This class is a pattern class that is judged on the pony’s ability to
work each part of the pattern correctly and efficiently with a free
forward motion. There are 5 approved patterns that can be
found on the POAC website.
Maneuver 1: Walk. 4 beat gait, with a level top line and relaxed
appearance.
Maneuver 2: Trot. This is a ground covering gait with a flat knee
and hock with some cushion in his pastern.
Maneuver 3: The extended Trot has an obvious lengthening to
the stride with an increase in pace. Riders MAY post the
extended trot, stand in the stirrups with or without holding the
horn or sit the gait.
Maneuver 4: Lope. This is a 3 beat gait; displaying forward
motion with a level top line.
Maneuver 5: Extended Lope. Obvious lengthening of the stride
and increase in pace without going into a gallop. Lead changes
MAY be simple or flying.
Maneuver 6: 360 Turn; steady and efficient.
Maneuver 7: Back; in a straight line, soft in the bridle not gaping
mouth or bracing.
E. Penalties; Ponies with unnaturally slow gaits should be heavily
penalized.

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