November 2017 Issue - page 9

PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
November 2017
Page 9
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had been lost so riders “can show
one horse all day. And afford it.”
Unlike EMRHA and ECSHA
which offer cattle work, Ranch
Roping and Ranch Cutting;
ECRRA doesn’t have cows. Terry
says, “In our area cows are ex-
pensive to have at the show and
riders have very limited availabil-
ity.” That class is replaced with
Ranch Round Up, a timed class
doing a designated pattern with
barrels, poles or cones. Fastest
horse wins!
ECRRA classes are offered
in several states. Terry encour-
ages and allows approved shows
to offer the full slate of classes to
take advantage of five divisions.
Terry reached out to Chad
Mosier, a trainer from Dillsburg,
PA. “Terry and I saw a need to
offer a fun ranch show series
accessible to riders at all levels.
The ECRRA has classes from
on the rail to patterns and speed,
so there are a number of ways to
come out and have fun with your
horse while competing.”
Grooming is simple. There
is no banding, braiding, or hoof
polish, and only some trimming
Ranch Riding Emerges as a New
Discipline for Eastern Riders
is allowed. Ears are discouraged.
Again, check the rulebooks. Sil-
ver on bridles and saddles is also
discouraged.
Rider attire follows the same
rule: you don’t need bling on the
range. Jeans and a shirt is enough,
however items like chinks, chaps,
and dust rags are optional.
Practice is easy. If you ride
outside the ring, even if it’s just
your backyard, you will love
Ranch Riding and you will be
competitive. No special equipment
is needed. Just logs, hay bales,
barrels, or a trail ride is good
practice. Helder does emphasize
education through clinics. “Don’t
wait until a show to introduce
your horse to a trail class. This is
not fair to horse or riders. Go to
a Ranch Clinic. Clinics allow all
levels of participants to pick the
events they want to compete in,
and concentrate on that.”
The concept is how the
horse responds to the rider—“A
willingness, a forward extension,
a natural head carriage and a
comfortable ride,” states Helder.
He makes it clear, “this discipline
is not a substitute for Western
Pleasure.” It’s a return to basic
horsemanship. Teamwork.
Terry, Chad, and other
trainers and clinicians see great
potential for Ranch Riding in the
future. The program is exhibitor
driven. Chad says, “More and
more, I see owners who enjoy
riding patterns with their horse in
addition to rail riding.
“One challenge we currently
see is the newness of the ranch
discipline in our area.” But Chad
believes, “The ranch shows are
great for many levels of rider,
even if you don't have previ-
ous ranch riding experience. At
ECRRA shows, you can com-
pete for great prizes, points, and
awards without spending an arm
and a leg.”
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