Ranch trail has exploded in popularity since it was added to the approved class lineup several years ago. Designed to test a horse’s skills in real-world ranch scenarios, this class features more “natural” obstacles, like negotiating tree limbs, small jumps, a weighted drag and even live cattle in some cases.
New to the HorseIQ Library are ranch trail videos from the 2017 APHA World Championship Show. Use these videos to improve your understanding of the class judging priorities and scoring system, to practice judging and scoring each run, and to understand the nuances that compile to create a winning performance.
In addition to these videos, you will find links to view the judges’ scorecards from the World Show event, providing you a way to compare your scores to how the judges scored the class.
“Ranch trail is an exciting and popular class within APHA, but judging emphasis areas are a bit different than traditional ‘show’ trail. By watching actual runs from the APHA World Show and comparing them to the official judges’ scoresheets in our HorseIQ library, exhibitors can start to understand the priorities for this class from a judge’s point of view and how to improve their own performances in this fun new event,” APHA Director of Judges, Shows & Education David Dellin said.
Log in or subscribe to HorseIQ to access the new library of resources. Check back in future weeks as additional classes and resources are added to the library.
HorseIQ is APHA’s innovative online learning platform, designed to help judges and exhibitors alike understand APHA class rules and brush up on their skills. APHA members receive discounted access to this program—to get started, sign up for HorseIQ at horseiq.com.
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