Mountain Valley Ranch Horse


Memberships Single $25

Family $35


Versatility: Cutting, Working Cow Horse, Reining, Trail Open: Any paid rider that has more than $500 LTE from showing

Limited Open

Any paid rider that has less than $500 LTE


Rider or immediate family member must own the horse being shown. Cannot have been paid for training or lessons for 5 years. Riders do go down the fence.

Limited Non-Pro

Rider or immediate family member must own the horse being shown. Cannot have been paid for training or lessons for 5 years. Riders do not go down the fence.


Rider and horse have limited show experience and less than $100 LTE in any judged competition. Rider or immediate family member must own the horse. Once a rider wins the year-end award he/she is no longer eligible for this class regardless of money won.

Youth (classes determined by age of contestant as of January 1, 2018)

Junior: 13 & under- horse shown in AQHA legal bit for age of horse

Senior: 14 to 17- horse shown in AQHA legal bit for age of horse

*Down the fence cow work: High school age Senior Youth (grades 9-12) will be allowed to go down the fence, but must be entered and compete in the adult Versatility class instead of the senior youth class.

There will be stringent call off rule enforced by the judge that will need to be adhered to by youth age rider in adult class. If call off signal is not followed, rider may be excluded from any further show participation for the day or season as deemed by the judge /board members based on the severity of the infraction.

*Stallion Rule: NO YOUTH will be allowed to ride/ show a stallion. A stallion may only be shown by a rider 18 yrs. and up.

Rider is responsible for the cost of any cow that is killed.Parents will be required to sign waiver for financial responsibility for any cow that may be injured or killed by their youth age rider competing in adult class cow work down the fence.

*5-member committee reserves the right to review rider’s class eligibility, based on show experience and skills of horse and rider

Each rider division listed above will be broken down according to age of horse being shown.

3 yr olds- snaffle or hackamore

4 & 5 yr olds- snaffle or hackamore

6 yr & up- one hand in a bridle (any AQHA legal bit)

*Horses under 6 may be shown in the bridle class but must be shown one handed in a shank bit.

Stock Horse: Cutting, Working Cow Horse, Reining, Trail, Ranch Roping

Adult Open

Jr. Horse (5 and under)

Senior Horse: This class will have no age based headgear restrictions. If you have an aged horse that is still in a snaffle or bosel you may show the horse in that headgear as long as he has not been shown in a bridle prior to the show. NRCHA legal headgear still applies. No mechanical hackamores, twisted wire or other illegal bits.

Adult Non-Pro

Jr. Horse ( 5 and under)

Aged Horse: This class will have no age based headgear restrictions. If you have an aged horse that is still in a snaffle or bosel you may show the horse in that headgear as long as he has not been shown in a bridle prior to the show. NRCHA legal headgear still applies. No mechanical hackamores, twisted wire or other illegal bits.

Senior Youth: 14 to 17 (determined by age of contestant as of January 1, 2018)

Junior Youth: 13 & under (determined by age of contestant as of January 1, 2018

Entry Fees


Novice horse and rider: $65

Open, Non-pro, Limited Non-pro: $90

Junior Youth: $35

Senior Youth: $35

Stock Horse:

Open, Non-pro: $100

Junior Youth: $45

Senior Youth: $45

*** Versatility and Stock Horse events may be entered concurrently on the same horse. Contestant will pay 2 entry fees ($90 Versatility and $100 Stock Horse) but will make only 1 run for each class. There is not an option to show twice, unless entering on a different horse.

Pay Out

Youth and Novice Classes: There will not be a payout for youth and novice classes. $5 per entrant will be put toward purchasing year-end awards. All other monies will be put toward show costs.

Adult Classes: Adult class payout will be determined on a per show basis. All entry money collected will be pooled and show costs taken out. The remaining money will be divided by the total number of adult riders. The payout per class will be calculated by the number of riders per class times the pay out per rider.

Per class Payout:

Up to 3 horses: pay 1 place

4-7 horses: pay 2 places

8-12 horses: pay 3 places

13 or more horses: pay 4 places

Paid Works- 5 total per show available

Trail and Reining: $20 ea.

Cutting and Fence work: $50 (ea.), $25 for those entered in versatility/stock horse classes.

* Dependent on cattle availability*

Year End Awards

4 of 5 shows will count toward year-end standing, with the lowest cumulative score show being dropped. Entrants must attend 3 shows to be eligible for year-end awards. To be eligible for prizes the horse must be shown by the same rider at all shows.

All youth and novice riders participating in at least 3 shows will receive a year -end award

Buckles- Awarded for versatility and stock horse classes. Will be awarded to the contestant with the highest cumulative score based on 4 shows. Classes must have at least 2 contestants showing in 3 shows.

Stock Horse Saddle- Winner based on highest cumulative score of 4 shows in the Senior Stock Horse Class. All horses must fence and steer stop to compete for yearend saddle. Junior stock horse contestants may enter the Senior Stock Horse class to be eligible.

Versatility Saddle-Winner based on highest cumulative score of 4 shows in the adult versatility classes.

Youth Saddles- 1 junior youth and 1 senior youth saddle will be awarded to the contestant with the highest cumulative score from 4 shows in each respective age group

Disciplinary Ethics:

Bloody mouth, any inhumane treatment, or excessive schooling will be grounds for disqualification. Uncontrollable horses inside or outside the arena will be asked to discontinue showing. There are no refunds of entry fees. Unsportsmanlike conduct or intimidation of judges WILL NOT BE TOLERATED! A rider’s representative will be picked at each show. Any complaint or problems will be reported to and handled by rider’s representative. If at any time rider or horse are out of control in the opinion of the judge, they will be whistled off and receive a score of zero. If at any time the rider or horse is deemed dangerous to themselves, audience, or other parties they will be whistled off and given a score of zero.


Entries must be emailed or texted in by the Monday prior to show day. A $10 late fee will be applied to all late entries, and entry will show last in all classes.

Email or text (435) 851-1568 to enter. All entries must include riders name, class to be entered, horses name and age, and contestants age if entering a youth class. All this information needs to be sent before each show regardless of previous entries.

Handicap (new)

If there are not enough riders to make a class, based on rider status (novice, non-pro, pro) riders will be given a handicap and moved to form a class. 2 points will be added to each class score if the rider is moved up a class or subtracted if the rider is moved down a class. For example: rider 1 is a non-pro contestant on a 3yr old with no other riders competing at the non-pro level; rider 2 & 3 are pro contestants on 3 yr olds. Rider 1 will be moved to the pro class with riders 2&3 and will be awarded 2 points in cutting, reining, cow-work, and trail for a total handicap of 8 points. Riders 2 and 3 receive no extra points.

If there are not enough entries based on horse age contestants will be moved to form a class. 1 point will be added to each class score if the contestant is moved up or subtracted if moved down. For Example: Rider 1 is a pro contestant on a 3yr old; Riders 2 and 3 are pro contestants on 4yr olds. There are no 3 yr old non-pro contestants. Rider 1 will be moved to the 4yr old Pro class and given 1 point per class for a total handicap of 4 points.

AQHA rules apply to all equipment

A rider’s representative will be designated at each show to bring any complaints to the show committee.

**The board reserves the right to evaluate the given handicaps and adjust as necessary.

Two Hand Assist Rule (new)

Non-pro, Novice, and Youth contestants riding bridle horses are allowed to use 2 hands as an assist for their horses. A 1/2pt deduction will occur each time a 2 hand assist is used. This is considered a training move and is being allowed in order to help lower level riders improve themselves and their horses. The rider should return to using one hand as soon as possible. It is at the judges discretion to -0- score a contestant for not returning to one hand in a timely manner


½ Point Penalties

Using 2 hands as an assist on a bridle horse (Novice, Non-pro, Youth)

1 Point Penalties

A (Miss) Losing working advantage

Noise directed to cattle

Working out of position

Toe, foot, or stirrup on shoulder

3 Point Penalties

Hot quit

Cattle picked up or scattered

Failure to make deep cut

Back Fence

5 Point Penalties

Horse quitting cow

Losing a cow

Changing cattle after a specific commitment

Failure to separate a single animal after leaving herd

Blatant disobedience, defined as kicking, biting, bucking, rearing, striking, or obviously insubordinate

Spurring or hitting in front of cinch at anytime

-0- Score

Horse turned tail

Using two hands on the reins in a bridle (open riders and judges discretion)

Illegal equipment

Leaves working area before time expires

Fall of horse or rider

*Judge may blow whistle at anytime to terminate the work. A score of zero will be given if the work is not complete at the time.

* Each rider must work two cows, one from a deep cut in the herd and one from a shallow cut.

Credit- Run Content

Herd work- (+ or -)/

Controlling the cow (+ or -)/

Degree of difficulty (+ or -)/

Eye appeal (+ or -)/

Amount of working time (+ or -)/

Amount of courage (+ or -)/

Loose rein (+ or -)/

Excessive herd help (+ or -)/

(+ Above average, – Below average, / Average)

Working Cow Horse

Judging begins when the contestant enters the arena. There shall be no schooling between the completion of the rein work and cow work when the cow immediately follows the rein work; the penalty for this will be a zero. At the start of the work, each contestant, upon receiving a cow in the arena, shall hold that cow on the prescribed end of the arena for a sufficient time to demonstrate the ability of the horse to contain the cow at that end.

After a reasonable amount of time, the contestant shall take the cow down the fence, making at least one turn each way on the fence. The required pattern for the cow work is: Boxing, Fence Turns, Circle or Rope. Open and Non-pro riders will not pen the cow. Novice, Limited Non-Pro, and Youth riders will not go down the fence. They will box and pen only.

The judge should take into consideration the size of the arena, condition of the ground, and disposition of the cattle in scoring each work. If ground, arena and/or weather conditions are deemed unfavorable by the exhibitors, they may inform the judge who may elect to alter the required cattle work for safety reasons.

The greater the difficulty of the run, the more credit should be given. The difficulty may be due to the extreme speed or stubbornness of the cow, or the cow’s reluctance to move down the fence when sufficiently driven by the contestant. The most controlled cow work with the highest degree of difficulty should be marked highest. Bad manners exhibited by the horse will be penalized under run content. When enough cows are available the contestant should receive a new cow if the cow drawn is unreasonably difficult or unworkable. Allowing the horse to quit working before the judge signals for a new cow will result in a zero score. Once a rider has committed to circling a cow, if the cow falls down no new cow will be awarded. The rider should complete the run by riding around the fallen cow to fulfill circling requirements. The judge may blow his/her whistle at any time during the work; one whistle to terminate the work, two whistles to award a new cow. If the judge terminates the work with one whistle or awards a new cow the contestant doesn’t have the option to continue working. If an exhibitor continues to work after the whistle has been blown for a new cow the exhibitor will be given a score of zero. With a multiple judge system, any one of the judges may terminate the work or signal for a new cow. Judging ends when the whistle blows. A score of zero will be given if the work is not complete at that point.

In the cow work phase of any class a hand on the horn may be used to prevent the fall of the rider. Holding the horn excessively may be penalized under run content.

During the cow work, when a cow leaves the working area, it is automatic that the contestant will receive a new cow and scoring will begin again with the new cow.


Working the cow on the end of the arena until such time as the contestant has proven the ability of the horse to hold the cow. Limited Non-pro, Novice, and Youth riders will box for 45 seconds at which time a whistle will be blown and the contestant will move on to penning the cow. 2 attempts to pen the cow will be allowed, then the rider will be called off and the run ended. The horse should exhibit superior cow sense and natural cow working ability without excessive reining or spurring. In the head-to-head working position, the degree of difficulty shall be considered. Open and Non-pro riders will not pen the cow.

Turning on the fence

A fence turn is defined as: a turn in which the cow while being run down the fence on one side of the arena, or in the “open field”, is turned in a different direction and held near the same fence, or the same side of the arena, while being run in the new direction. The exhibitor must be close enough to the cow to cause the turn.

The situation where a horse and rider attempt to turn the cow and the cow exit’s the turn behind the horse is also considered to have satisfied the fence turn requirement. The route of the cow being worked has been altered because of the influence of the horse and rider. The actual stopping or turning of the cow by the turn must be accomplished without the aid of the end fences to actually stop or turn the animal being worked. During the turn the horse should use himself in a controlled manner, using its hocks to stop and drive out of the turn, while using its front end to balance and turn.

The contestant must get at least one turn in each direction. More than two turns in each direction should not result in extra credit but also should not be penalized, unless the cow is thereby too exhausted to circle correctly. One turn each way may not necessarily result in extra credit if the horse and/or cow are out of control.


Maneuvering the cow smoothly at least 360 degrees in each direction without interference from the fence. The circle’s size, symmetry, speed, and relative balance from right and left show control. Tightening the circles down with fast, head-to-head speed will be a credit situation. The circles should be completed before the cow is exhausted.


Rope must pass over the cow’s head. Judged on rating of cow by horse and controlling cow after a catch. Two loops may be attempted. The first missed loop is a 2-point penalty, and if the second loop is missed it is a 3-point penalty. Loss of the rope will be a 5-point penalty.

Reined Work

Maneuver scores for reined work- the NRCHA has divided each rein pattern into sets of maneuvers. It is the judge’s responsibility to evaluate these maneuver groups individually and rate each maneuver group on the following scale:

– 1 ½ ————————–Extremely Poor

– 1—————————– Very Poor

-½—————————– Poor

0 —————————— Correct

+½ ————————— Good

+ 1 —————————-Very Good

+ 1 ½ ———————— Excellent

Horses shall work individually. Judging begins the moment the horse enters the arena. There will be no schooling from the time the horse enters the arena. A reined work must consist of the following: circles, lead changes, runs terminated in well-balanced stops straight to the line of travel, turns, and a back-up of a reasonable distance with slight hesitations denoting each maneuver. The judge may deviate from traditional order of performance and he/she may also deviate from the exact printed pattern due to arena conditions. The judging ends when the rider indicates he/she is finished by coming to a complete stop.

The best-reined horse shall be easily guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance. Bad manners exhibited by the horse will be penalized. All deviations from the exact given pattern must be considered a loss of control and marked down accordingly. Credit shall be given for the smoothness, finesse, attitude, quickness, and authority of performing various maneuvers while using controlled speed which raised the difficulty level and makes the horse more exciting and pleasing to watch.

Circles: a controlled maneuver at the lope in the designated area of the arena. Emphasis on the scoring shall be given to the contestant exhibiting smooth, controlled figure eights with easy lead changes. Right and left circles shall have a common centerline in the middle of the designated area. Circles shall be run and/or begun on the correct lead. The speed and size of the right circles shall be exactly the same as the speed and size of the left circles. The horse shall lope in an even, fluid manner.

Lead changes: The act of changing the propelling side of the horse’s body when changing the direction of travel at a lope. The lead change must be changing the direction traveling at a lope. The lead change must be executed at a lope with no change of speed or gait. The horse shall be considered out of lead if both front and rear leads are not changed in the same stride.

Jogging up to 2 strides incurs a ½-point penalty. Jogging beyond 2 strides will incur a 2-point penalty. Jogging in excess of one-half the length of the arena will result in a score of 0. In determining whether a ½ or 2-point penalty has been incurred, it is useful for a judge to consider the distance traveled and to count the steps of the rear legs. Four steps and under would represent 2 or less strides

and require a ½-point penalty; 5 steps and more, therefore would require a 2-point penalty.

Run-downs: runs lengthwise through the arena. They shall be made as described in the given pattern, unless the judge indicated otherwise due to arena conditions. The horse shall demonstrate a relaxed, fluid attitude when starting run-down and throughout the maneuver. The horse shall use controlled speed consistent with the size of the arena and the condition of the ground. The horse shall travel in a straight line with minimum contact with the rider. Straight, controlled run-downs with square, smooth stops, maintaining suppleness and proper head position are desirable.

Stops: Shall be in line with the direction of travel. Horse shall have its hocks well under it during the entire stop, maintaining a proper head position and response to a light rein.

Spins: Consistent and positioned 360 degree turns executed with the inside hind quarter (pivot) remaining stationary. Spins shall be smooth and efficient. The location of the hind quarters shall be fixed at the start of the spin. The horse shall stop the spin exactly as dictated by the pattern description. The right and left spins shall have a similar speed and balance.

Back-up: The horse being caused to move in a reverse motion in a straight line for a required distance. The horse shall begin the back up in a controlled manner and shall continue to back-up without hesitation until directed to stop by the rider. In the instance where a horse backs up where a back-up is not specified in a pattern, the penalty score of 0 will be incurred when the horse backs more than 2 full strides. It is important to note one stride is defined as the complete movement or steps of all 4 legs, one time. In this particular situation it is very helpful for a judge to watch and count the steps of the front feet. Up to and including 4 steps of the front feet in the not required back up receives no penalty; 5 steps and beyond constitutes the inclusion of a maneuver not specified and thus a penalty score of 0.

Hesitate: Hesitation is only long enough to show the completion of one maneuver before the next starts. There shall be slight hesitation to indicate each maneuver.

Rollbacks: A maneuver that combines a stop, turn of the hind quarters and exit in one fluid motion. The rollback must be executed with no more than the slightest hesitation after the stop and the horse shall not step ahead or back prior to the turn. The horse shall be in position to lope off in a straight line when exiting a rollback.

*Definition of a fall of a horse- when the horses shoulder and hip are on the ground and all four feet are facing in one direction. A fall of a horse in any event receives a score of 0.

*Definition of a fall of rider- Rider is no longer astride the horse.

*Reining penalties and other scoring requirements are listed in the judges scoring sheet section.


Trail course will have 6 obstacles. Obstacles are designed to show horse’s ability and willingness to perform possible tasks that might be asked of a horse during a normal day’s work. Horses may be judged on three gaits, (walk, trot, and lope), performed between obstacles or while performing maneuvers. 3 attempts will be allowed per obstacle. The judge will ask you to move on after the third attempt. Trail will be judged and scored much like reining is scored. There will be 6 obstacles that the horse and rider must perform. Each obstacle will start with a score of 10 and will scored by the judge from -1 ½ to +1 ½ based on how well the obstacle is completed. A 7th score will be given for eye appeal of the run and scored the same way the obstacles are scored.

0 ———- Obstacle not attempted

-1 ½ ——— Not Preformed (ex. 3 refusals)

-1 ———— Very poor (ex. 2 refusals)

-½ ———— Poor (ex. 1 refusal)

(-) ———— Correct (no + or – points)

+½ ———— Good

+1 ————- Very Good

+1 ½ ———- Excellent

Possible Obstacles

Open, pass through, and close a gate

Dismount, ground tie and pick up feet

Log drag- straight line or around a pattern

Water hazard

Dismount and ground tie while moving rail, hay, etc.

Dismount, drop bridle, re-bridle

Remove and carry item to a new location

Mail box


Ride over logs- trot over 2.5-3.5 ft spacing; lope over 6-7 ft spacing

Rope a stationary steer

Back through an obstacle

Side pass through an obstacle

It is our intension to keep the trail scoring in line with our reining, boxing, and cutting scoring so each class has the same weight in the overall scores. A score of 70 would be considered an average score, and a score of 78 almost unobtainable. A score of 60 will be the lowest score a contestant will be given. However, the judge may score the run a 0 if the judge considers:

* the horse is blatantly disobedient such as rearing, bucking, kicking

* the horse is a danger to the rider or to itself

* the rider is abusing the horse in any way

* the rider blatantly refuses to follow the judge’s instructions

The Two-Hand assist rule will also apply in the trail class.

Ranch Roping Scoring

80 Points Possible

Stockmanship 12pt.

Horsemanship 12pt.

Total run content 12pt

Speed(5 min time limit) 12pts. 1 min and under; 10pt. 2 min and under, 8pt. 3 min and under; 6pt. 4 min and under, 4pt. 5 min and under, 0pt. past time.

Time will begin when contestant crosses the rodear line and attempts to head an animal. Time stops once the animal is healed by the assistant. Time begins again when the assistant has successfully thrown a head loop, allowing the contestant to attempt heeling the animal.


Contestant will be scored on both head and heel shots. Any turn over shot 10 pt.; Scoop Loop Head/Heel 9 Pt.; Houlahan/back hand 8 Pt.; Overhand 7 pt.; Strait behind hip 7 pt.; Overhand trap 6 pt. Any unlisted shot judges discretion (1-10pt).

Style points (roping). 1-12 pts. Judges discretion.


Missed loop 1 pt. ; Belly shot 2 pt. ; High hock 2 pt.; one leg 2pt.; Wrong cow 3 pt.; Lost Rope 5 pt.; Spill herd across rodear 5 pt.