CQHA is pleased to have participated as a sponsor of the following event:

MQHA/AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Show on October 7th, 2016 at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence, in Brandon, MB judged by AQHA/CQHA Director Joe Carter of St. George, ON.

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A small, but dedicated group of exhibitors competed at the 2016 event held Friday, October 7th at the Westoba Agricultural Centre of Excellence, Brandon, MB.

The Versatility Ranch Horse competition promotes the athletic ability and versatility of the horse and is demonstrated in six classes – ranch riding, ranch trail, ranch cutting, ranch reining, ranch cow work and ranch conformation. There are divisions for open, amateur, cowboy and youth.

Ranch Riding – For ranch riding classes, horses show individually, and the class can be conducted inside or outside an arena. In this class, judges are looking for relaxed, responsive horses with soft and cadenced gaits. The horse should make timely transitions in a smooth and correct manner, plus the horse should be soft in the bridle and yield to contact.

Ranch Trail – Obstacles found in a ranch trail pattern are approximate to those found during the course of everyday work. Judges are looking for a well-broke, responsive and well-mannered horse that can correctly navigate and negotiate the course, and to do so in a correct and efficient manner. Rule SHW561 outlines the class, including prohibited and mandatory obstacles.

Ranch Reining – Ranch reining measures the ability of the stock horse to perform basic handling maneuvers. This class can be held with or separate from the ranch cow work class; if the two are held together, they are still scored and placed as individual classes. This what the judges are looking for in ranch reining: “To rein a horse is not only to guide him but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely.”

Ranch Cutting – Similar to other cutting classes, ranch cutting is judged on the ability of the horse to work a cow by separating it from the herd and holding it. The objective is to cut one or two cows, based on the division. For open, cowboy and amateur division competition, there is a two-minute limit where each exhibitor must work two head, but has the option of working the full two minutes. In youth competition, on the other hand, there is a one-and-a-half-minute time limit where the exhibitor must work one cow but has the option of working the full minute and a half.

Ranch Cow Work – When it comes to the ranch cow work class, riders have the choice between ranch cow work or limited ranch cow work for youth and amateur exhibitors, where riders are allotted one minute and forty-five seconds to complete the work. There are three parts to the limited ranch cow work: boxing the cow; setting up the cow and driving it down the fence to the opposite end of the arena; and boxing it at the opposite end of the arena.

For ranch cow work, there are three parts to the class: boxing, fence work and roping or circling. The horse and rider must accomplish all three parts in three minutes.

Ranch Conformation – To be eligible to compete in the ranch conformation class, the horse must be shown in at least one class one of the other categories the day of the show. Judges are looking for balanced, structurally correct horses with adequate muscling. You’ll need to show your horse in a good working halter – rope, braided, nylon or plain leather – exhibit your horse at a walk and trot, then line up for inspection by the judge.

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Content provided by Larry & Lenora Clifford, on behalf of MQHA

AQHA/CQHA Director and VRH Show Chair Larry Clifford presented the following awards:

youth keegan burt





1st - # 106 - Rip Roaring Rita - Keagan Burt, Langenburg, SK








amateur meghan brillAmateur:

1st - #112 - Cowlady Majoriety - Megan Brill. Regina SK







open george friesenOpen:

1st- #110 George Friesen, Brandon, MB riding Boggies Blue Doc
2nd - #109 Tara Reimer, Steinback, MB riding Only A Classic Invite
3rd - #111 Cameron Haggerty, Shilo, MB riding Two LJ Rodere





2016 Overall High Point Versatility Ranch Horse - Joan Lenfesty Memorial Award

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Winner: George Friesen,Brandon, MB
riding Boggies Blue Doc









2016 NAERIC Versatility Ranch Horse Stake:

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Results provided by Jim Pollock, on behalf of NAERIC

1st Place $2,100 Owner: Kevin & Julie Bridgeman, Binscarth, MB
Trained and ridden by Justin Bridgeman on Appaloosa, Foxy Rae

2nd Place $1,260 Owner: Tara Reimer, Steinback, MB riding Only A Classic Invite

3rd Place $840 Owner: George Friesen, Brandon, MB riding Boggies Blue Doc