New York Reined
Cow Horse Association

Note:  2017 New Ranch Boxing Rules

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Classes/Rules

NYRCHA CLASS RULES

New York Reined Cow Horse Association
An NRCHA Affiliate


Equipment /Dress Code: AQHA western equipment is required; NRCHA equipment is acceptable but not required in non sanctioned classes. Exceptions to the equipment rules are outlined for each division such as but not limited to green riders.  Horses under the age of five may be shown in a snaffle bit with two hands on the reins.  AQHA dress code requires boots, cowboy hat or helmet (NYS 14 and under helmet law required), long sleeve shirt, and western jeans. Chaps are optional.

Ranch Riding:  All horses are shown together, at a walk, extended walk, jog, extended jog, lope, extended lope, stand, and back in both directions around the arena.  Further testing may include but not limited to spins, side pass, and counter-canter.  AQHA or NRCHA acceptable equipment required.  Green riders may use equipment rules from respective classes.

Ranch Reining: Each horse and rider will complete a specified reining pattern chosen from the ARHA.  All riders and horses are welcome to this class.  AQHA or NRCHA acceptable equipment required.  Green riders may use equipment rules from respective classes.  The pattern is to be run as posted regardless of green rider status.

Ranch Boxing: Ranch Boxing is open to all levels of riders. The competitor will have 2 minutes to complete all the requirements of this class and there will be a 1 minute warning. The contestant will receive a cow in the arena. He/she must box the cow as many times as they feel necessary on the first end where the cow comes out before they take the cow down the fence. The competitor will then rate the cow down the fence. They must pull off the cow just enough at the end marker to show control of their horse and to not run the cow into the fence at the end of the arena. They will then resume boxing the cow on the far end, making at least 3 passes, but they may do as many as they feel necessary. There is no penalty for boxing it more than 3 times on the far end. They then have to take the cow back down the same side past the end marker before the time is up. If the cow does not pass the end marker before the final whistle, the score is a zero. Note: if you do all the required maneuvers you do not have to use up all the time and may finish before the final whistle.


Herd Work: Rules regulating this class can be found in the NRCHA Rulebook Section 19.1. Class is similar to National Cutting Horse Association classes with the exception of reining your horse does not result in a zero. Herd of cattle will be located in the center of back wall of the arena.  Judging will begin at the timeline. The contestant shall approach the herd with no hesitation. The horse must enter the herd sufficiently deep enough to show his ability to make a cut.  Each rider should attempt three cuts within a two and half minute time period. Judging will end at the whistle.  Each division (Green Rider, Green Horse, Open, Non Pro & Rookie and Youth) of herd work will abide by that division’s general equipment rules as stated in this document.  

Youth: A youth rider must be 18 years old or younger as of January 1st of the current show year.  Youth riders are eligible for youth classes but not limited to: green, non-pro, rookie and open.  A high school rodeo division will be made available when requested. Youth riders 14 and under can enter the youth walk trot cow track or youth walk trot box class.  However, if a youth participates more than three times in the box class they are no longer eligible for the cow track class.   

 Youth 14 and Under Walk Trot Cow Track Class: Youth will be required to perform a walk trot reining pattern including but not limited to circles, stops, spins, rollbacks and backing.  At the riders signal a cow will then be turned loose in the pen and fifty seconds begin at the closing of the gate.  A youth rider is expected to display proper cow tracking ability preferably at both the walk and trot.  An adult rider is allowed in the pen but must provide limited help by remaining half a horse length behind the head of the youth’s horse or remain stationary in the pen. Adult rider may return the cow at the end of the fifty seconds.  The pen size will be limited for this class with paneling.  Green rider equipment rules and helmet laws apply. More than a two stride break of gait to the lope in the reined work will result in a zero for that portion.  If a horse breaks to the lope during the cow work a -1/2 point penalty will apply per break.  Participants competing in this class cannot enter any other classes where a lope is required.   
                                                                                                                                      
Youth 14 and Under Walk Trot Box Class:Youth will be required to perform a walk trot reining pattern including but not limited to circles, stops, spins, rollbacks and backing.  At the riders signal a cow will then be turned loose in the pen and fifty seconds begin at the closing of the gate.  A youth rider is expected to display proper boxing ability preferably at the trot.  Cow work is scored like NRCHA limited classes.  An adult rider is allowed in the pen but must provide limited help by remaining half a horse length behind the head of the youth horse or remain stationary in the pen. Adult rider may return the cow at the end of the fifty seconds.  The pen size will be limited for this class with paneling.  Green rider equipment rules and helmet laws apply. More than a two stride break of gait to the lope in the reined work will result in a zero for that portion.  Excessive breaking to the lope in the cow work will result in a -2 penalty per offense .  Participants competing in this class cannot enter any other classes where a lope is required.


Rookie:  Open to all riders, trainers and horses regardless of experience or age.  A rider will not be eligible if they have earnings greater then $500 in reined cow or working cow horse classes regardless of association.  Rider equipment rules apply specifically by the rider's ability or status.  Pattern is to be run as posted.  
 
Green Program Rules
Effective January 1, 2016

Advancing Divisions: Advancing from one division to the next happens when a total of 100 lifetime points is earned in a division or if the horse and rider wins the champion two years in a row.  Points are cumulative from year to year.  Riders may continue to show in their class for the remainder of a year once they accumulated 100 points.  Advancement will take effect in the following year.  Once the rider or horse advances out of his/her current division/class, the rider or horse is no longer eligible to compete in that division or lower divisions.

Section I. Green Rider Divisions:

Green As Green:

  • Qualifications:The rider must meet all NYRCHA Non-Pro declaration requirements.  Rider’s horse must not have any reining or cow horse earnings or points from the NRCHA, NRHA, AQHA or any other breed association.  This is an entry level class designed for riders and horses that do not have any cow horse experience.  Cow horse experience is considered to be any participation in a competition, show or event evolving a horse and cattle such as but not limited to roping, team penning, cutting, ranch sorting, steer stopping.  
  • Equipment:Rider may use two hands or one. Rider who chooses to ride one-handed may go to two hands, however, the rider must return to one hand after the correction is made. Snaffle bit may be used regardless of horse’s age.
  • Reined work:  Same as NRCHA classes with the following exceptions:  Rider may perform simple lead changes as specified by AQHA with no penalty.  Rider performs one or one and a half spins instead of number specified in the posted pattern.
  • Cow work:  Same as NRCHA limited classes with the following exception: If the horse and rider loses the cow more than two times the three-point penalty will continue to apply instead of the contestant receiving a no score.


Green Rider I:

  • Qualifications: The rider must meet all NYRCHA Non-Pro declaration requirements and the rider’s horse cannot have earned more than $500 in any cow horse discipline from the NRCHA, AQHA or any other breed association.
  • Equipment: Rider may use two hands or one.  Rider who chooses to ride one-handed may go to two hands. However, the rider must return to one hand after the correction is made. Snaffle bit may be used regardless of horse’s age.
  • Reined work:  Same as NRCHA classes with the following exceptions: Rider may perform simple lead changes as specified by AQHA with no penalty. Rider performs one or one and a half spins instead of number specified in the posted pattern.
  • Cow work:  Same as NRCHA limited classes with the following exception: If the horse and rider loses the cow more than two times the three-point penalty will continue to apply instead of the contestant receiving a no score.


Green Rider II:

  • Qualifications: The rider must meet all NYRCHA Non-Pro declaration requirements.
  • Equipment: All horses six years and older must be shown one-handed in a NRCHA or AQHA approved bridle. A rider on any horse shown in a bridle may go to two handed but must return to one-hand after the correction is made. Horses five years and younger may be shown in a snaffle bit, hackamore or two rein and may remain two handed.
  • Reined Work:  Same as NRCHA classes with the following exceptions: Rider performs two or two and a half spins instead of number specified in the posted pattern.
  • Cow work:  Same as NRCHA limited classes with the following exception: If the horse and rider loses the cow more than two times the three-point penalty will continue to apply instead of the contestant receiving a no score.


 
Section II. Green Horse Division:

Green Horse Box:

  • Qualifications: All professional, non professional and green riders welcome.  The horse must not have earnings greater than $500 in any reining or cow horse disciplines from the NRCHA, NRHA AQHA or any other breed associations.
  • Equipment: Horses may be ridden in any NRCHA or AQHA approved western bridle. All horses may be ridden two handed regardless of bridle.
  • Reined Work:  Same as NRCHA Classes
  • Cow Work:  Same as NRCHA Limited Classes with the following exception: If the horse and rider loses the cow more than two times the three-point penalty will continue to apply instead of the contestant receiving a no score.


Green Horse Fence:

  • Qualifications: All professional, non professional and green riders welcome.  The horse must not have earnings greater than $500 in any reining or cow horse disciplines from the NRCHA, NRHA AQHA or any other breed associations. 
  • Equipment: Horses may be ridden in any NRCHA or AQHA approved western bridle. All horses may be ridden two handed regardless of bridle.
  • Reined Work:  Same as NRCHA Classes
  • Cow Work:  Same as NRCHA Bridle Classes


Section III. Rookie Division:

Rookie Box

  • Qualifications:  Open to all riders, trainers and horses, professionals or non professionals regardless of age or experience.  A rider will not be eligible if they have earnings greater than $500 in reined cow or working cow horse classes regardless of association.  
  • Equipment:  Horses may be ridden in any NRCHA or AQHA approved western bridle. Rider equipment rules apply specified by rider’s ability or status.   All horses may be ridden two handed regardless of bridle.  
  •  Reined Work:  Pattern is to be run as posted.  
  • Cow Work:  Same as NRCHA Bridle Classes.     


Rookie Fence                                                                                                                 

  • Qualifications:  Open to all riders, trainers and horses, professionals or non professionals regardless of age or experience.  A rider will not be eligible if they have earnings greater than $500 in reined cow or working cow horse classes regardless of association.  
  • Equipment:  Horses may be ridden in any NRCHA or AQHA approved western bridle. Rider equipment rules apply specified by rider’s ability or status.  All riders may be ridden two handed regardless of the bridle.  
  •  Reined Work:  Pattern is to be run as posted.  
  • Cow Work:  Same as NRCHA Bridle Classes.      

Section IV. End of the Year Awards and Lifetime Points:

Open:  Rider must compete in half the total number of shows offered and in both an Open class and in the open herd work class.  Riders must be a member of the NYRCHA to collect year-end points prior to a show for that show to count.  If you choose to ride in more than one open rider division (Bridle or Hackamore; fence or limited) only your highest run score of the day will be taken and replaced among all other eligible open riders run score’s from all open classes. Points are then assigned by the number of horse and rider combinations beat plus one.  Ties will be broke by the cow work portion of the run score.  Top riders at the end of the last show will be awarded accordingly at the awards banquet. 

Non Pro:  Rider must compete in half the total number of shows offered and in both a Non Pro class and in the Non Pro herd work class.  Riders must be a member of the NYRCHA to collect year-end points prior to a show for that show to count.  If you choose to ride in more than one Non Pro rider division (Bridle or Hackamore; fence or limited) only your highest score of the day will be taken and replaced among all other eligible non pro riders run score’s from all non pro classes. Points are then assigned by the number of horse and rider combinations beat plus one.  Ties will be broke by the cow work portion of the run score.  Top riders at the end of the last show will be awarded accordingly at the awards banquet. 

Rookie:  Rider must compete in half the total number of shows offered and in both a Rookie class and in the Rookie herd work class.  Riders must be a member of the NYRCHA to collect year-end points prior to a show for that show to count.  If you choose to ride in more than one rookie rider division only your highest run score of the day will be taken and replaced among all other eligible rookie riders run score’s from all rookie classes. Points are then assigned by the number of horse and rider combinations beat plus one.  Ties will be broke by the cow work portion of the run score.  Top riders at the end of the last show will be awarded accordingly at the awards banquet.

Green Rider: The same horse and rider combination must compete in half the total number of shows offered and in both a green rider class and in the green rider herd work class.  Riders must be a member of the NYRCHA to collect year-end points prior to a show for that show to count.  If you choose to ride in more than one green rider division (green as green, green I, green II, green III) your highest run score of the day will be taken and replaced among all other eligible green rider run score’s from all divisions. Points are then assigned by the number of horse and rider combinations beat plus one.  Ties will be broke by the cow work portion of the run score.  Top riders at the end of the last show will be awarded accordingly at the awards banquet.  Lifetime point will be tallied by the number of horse and rider combinations beat in a single division.  Once one hundred points have been accumulated a horse and rider will no longer be eligible for that division. 

Youth:  Rider must compete in half the total number of shows offered and in both a youth class and in the youth herd work class.  Riders must be a member of the NYRCHA to collect year-end points prior to a show for that show to count.  If you choose to ride in more than one youth rider division (bridle or limited) only your highest run score of the day will be taken and replaced among all other eligible youth riders run score’s from all youth classes. Points are then assigned by the number of horse and rider combinations beat plus one.  Ties will be broke by the cow work portion of the run score.  Top riders at the end of the last show will be awarded accordingly at the awards banquet. 

Youth Walk Trot:  Rider must compete in half the total number of shows offered and in a youth walk trot class. Riders must be a member of the NYRCHA to collect year-end points prior to a show for that show to count.  If you choose to ride in more than one youth walk trot division (track or box) only your highest run score of the day will be taken and replaced among all other eligible youth walk trot riders run score’s from both youth walk trot classes. Points are then assigned by the number of horse and rider combinations beat plus one.  Ties will be broke by the cow work portion of the run score.  Top riders at the end of the last show will be awarded accordingly at the awards banquet. 

Green Horse:  Green horses must participate in half the total number of shows offered in a single show season to be eligible.  Riders must be members of the NYRCHA to collect year-end points prior to a show for that show to count.  A green horse may compete in both classes Green Horse Herd Work and Green Horse Box –or- Fence.  Points are only tallied on the horse not the rider.  The score for the Green Horse Herd Work and the highest scoring ride in either Green Horse Box or Green Horse Fence will be tallied and pointed for each show and totaled for the end of the year.

Ranch Horse:  Ranch horses must participate in half the total number of shows offered in a single show season to be eligible.  Riders must be members of the NYRCHA to collect year-end points prior to a show for that show to count.  A ranch horse must compete in at least two of the following classes per show but does not have to be the same two classes every show: Trail, Ranch Riding, Ranch Boxing, Ranch Reining and Working Ranch Horse.  Points are only tallied on the horse not the rider.  If a different rider or multiple riders ride the horse only the highest run score will be used (excluding Ranch Riding class as only one rider can show the horse in this class as it is a rail class).  Points will be tallied only against other eligible ranch horses.  The more Ranch Horse eligible classes the horse participates in per show the more points earned.  Example Horse A participates in Ranch boxing and ranch reining  while horse B participates in ranch boxing ranch reining and working ranch horse.  Horse A only receives points from those two classes while horse B receives point from all three classes participated in for that day.  


You must have a signed copy of the rules on file with the NYRCHA