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Ranch Horse Association of America National Finals
May 9 - May 12
Western Horseman is a proud sponsor of the Ranch Horse Association of America.
In 1998, the RHAA was formed to promote the qualities and characteristics of the ultimate working ranch horse, while providing a means of competition to show these ranch horses. The RHAA sanctions local working ranch horse competitions, provides a uniform set of rules, qualifies working ranch horse competition judges, and promotes uniformity and consistency in judging.
The RHAA seeks to accomplish these goals while maintaining traditional western influence with historic western sportsmanship and a cowboy ethic.
Competitions include a dry work pattern made up of circles, spins, stops, lead changes and roll backs. Once the pattern is completed, riders box a cow on the end of the arena, then drive it down the fence and turn the cow each direction. To complete the run, contestants then rope the cow. RHAA events are held all across the country.
The RHAA National Finals are held each year in conjunction with the Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas, on the second weekend of May. Riders qualify at RHAA approved sanctioned shows during the year. Classes are divided into the Junior Youth, Senior Youth, Novice BDBD, Box Drive Box Drive, Wrangler, Cowboy, Ranch Hand, Junior and Senior. Each qualifier is eligible to compete in the RHAA National Finals.