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Collegiate ranch competitors to vie for top hand honors

The Top Hand Collegiate Ranch Competition, co-hosted by the American Paint Horse Association and Stock Horse of Texas, is set to crown champions in Fort Worth, Texas, October 2, 2021, during the Lone Star Gathering at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex.

A different kind of ranch competition: The 2021 Lone Star Gathering will be the home to the first of its kind collegiate ranch competition combining timed and judged events for an overall score. Collegiate cowboys and cowgirls of all levels are welcome to come compete at their shot at TOP HAND!

What to expect: The Top Hand Collegiate Ranch Competition will consist of four events and will be scored as an individual competition, plus a team competition:

  • RWC Ranch Roping (Timed)
  • RWC Ranch Penning (Timed)
  • Ranch Trail (Judged)
  • Ranch Reining (Judged)

Click here for event rules and eligibility requirements.

Whether you are on a collegiate ranch horse team or just a ranch kid going to college, this is your time to shine! We are looking for the best collegiate ranch cowboys and cowgirls to vie for the title of Top Hand!

How do you enter? Click Here

Questions? Contact David Dellin (APHA) or Jill Dunkel (SHOT).

Are you in college, but not a ranch competitor? Don’t forget about the Collegiate Judging Contest on October 1, 2021, at The Lone Star Gathering!


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About SHTX

The Stock Horse of Texas Association (SHTX) was created to promote and support the concept of the versatile stock horse. The strength in this concept lies in the variety of skills developed by both horse and rider in four different disciplines: reining, pleasure, trail, working cow horse. The true all-around stock horse can handle a variety of situations with ease and athleticism, using natural movements and an attitude that reflects the ranch-type influence of an everyday stock horse. The SHTX program is designed for riders of all experiences to learn and compete in an environment that is friendly, affordable, and designed to fit all levels of riding.

About APHA

The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.