You do not have to have a foundation quarter horse to show at our shows. The appearance of the horse is that of a working horse.
Clean and brushed
Natural mane and tail
Bridle path no longer than the ear
No banded or braided mane or tail
Hooves are not to be polished
No penalties for scars or blemishes
No limiting of a horses natural protection against dust and insects i.e. shaving inside ears or inside nostrils
Clipping of excessive facial or fetlock hair is acceptable
Plain, neat western clothing that is comfortable and sensible for ranch work, trail riding, and cattle work
Long sleeved shirt, heeled boots, western hat or riding helmet
Chinks and chaps are optional
Silver on tack and attire is discouraged
Horses of any age may be ridden two handed in a snaffle or an approved bosal. Horses ridden in a shank bit must be ridden one handed. Along with individual classes OFQHA offers 2 series classes:
Versatility Ranch Horse: The purpose is to recognize the horse that is an all around athlete. The following classes are required and counted for Versatility Ranch Horse – Working Ranch Horse, Ranch Riding, Horsemanship, Ranch Reining, and Ranch Conformation.
Rookie Rider: The purpose is to recognize the horse and rider combination that has received the most points in the following classes – W/T Horsemanship, W/T Trail, W/T Ranch Riding, & Green Boxing.