SOUTHWEST REINED COW HORSE ASSOCIATION
RULES AND GENERAL INFORMATION
The purpose of the SRCHA is to perpetuate traditional methods of training reined cow horses; to encourage riders to continue the ways of the vaquero; to stimulate interest in the training, owning, breeding, and /or exhibition of reined cow horses; to sponsor reined cow horse exhibits and events; to promote the active participation of all members in reined cow horse activities; to use and encourage standard rules for holding and judging contests of the reined cow horse.
The SRCHA is an affiliate of the NRCHA (National Reined Cow Horse Association, Byars, OK)SRCHA Membership fees: Life: $300.00, Family $60.00, Adult $35.00, Youth $10.00
SRCHA RULES AND REGULATIONS
These rules follow the NRCHA rulebook for the current year, with exception of “SRCHA only classes.”
*Eligibility of Exhibitor: All owners and riders must be members in good standing of the SRCHA for the current year. The year runs from January 1st to December 31st of the current year. Membership in the NRCHA is required for any classes approved by that association. Membership to each association may be purchased at the shows. Non-Pro applications may be filed at the show.
Eligibility of Horse: Stallions, mares and geldings of any breed (horses only) are eligible without discrimination except in Jr. (youth) classes where stallions are prohibited. All horses must be ridden astride.
Non-Pro definition: A Non-Pro shall be defined as any person, regardless of age, who is not currently receiving remuneration directly or indirectly for showing, training, giving lessons, clinics or assisting in the training of a horse for remuneration- this does not include prize money. (see NRCHA rulebook for detailed information on Non-Pro exhibitors.)
CLASSES: (NRCHA/ SRCHA APPROVED): Open Bridle, Limited Open Bridle, Non-Pro Bridle, Novice Non-Pro Bridle, Intermediate NP Bridle, Open Hackamore, Limited Open Hackamore, Open Two Rein, Non-Pro Hackamore, Non- Pro Two Rein, 5K Non-Pro Limited, Non Pro Limited, Youth Limited, Youth Bridle. **Please refer to your NRCHA rulebook for definitions and eligibility for these NRCHA approved classes. Any changes by NRCHA will be corrected in above definitions.
**Non Pro Limited class: Rider must be 18 years of age and over. At age 60, any Non Pro rider may “fall back” to limited classes, however they may not go down the fence again in any cow horse event and must remain in the limited class. (see NRCHA rulebook)
**Youth Limited and Youth Bridle: Classes designated for youth members who are 18 years and under as of January 1st of the current year. Junior or youth may not show stallions (see NRCHA rulebook)
ADDITIONAL CLASSES “SRCHA ONLY” APPROVED: Green Horse, Green Rider “Buckle Achievement class,”
5 & under Snaffle Bit Class. The explanations and eligibility for SRCHA approved only classes are listed below. All classes are eligible for Year-End awards with exception of The Green Rider Buckle Achievement Class which results in a buckle after the rider earns 200 points (addition explanation below).The responsibility of the eligibility for the following SRCHA classes lies with the competitor.
SRCHA only 5 and under Snaffle Bit class: This is an SRCHA approved class and is eligible for Year-end award provided the 5 show requirement is met. Horses must be 5 years or under to be eligible and is open to Non-Pro and Open riders. This class will run concurrent with the AQHA classes.
SRCHA only Green Horse: This is an SRCHA approved class and is eligible for a Year End Award provided the five show requirement is met. This class is designed for horses being introduced to the cow horse event and entry fees have been lowered to encourage a “schooling environment”. This class is for horses of any age that have not earned 3 Breed points or earned $300.00 in any cow horse event as of January 1st of the current year, anytime or anywhere. Riders can be open or non-pro competitors. Exhibitor may ride any age horse, and any AQHA, NRHA, or NRCHA legal bridle may be used.
The responsibility for determining the eligibility of the horse lies with the exhibitor.
Green Rider Level 1 and Level 2 : Click here for rules
Equipment: Applies to all classes with exception of the Green Horse, Green rider classes where chaps may be omitted.
Riders must wear western hat or helmet
Riders must wear long sleeved shirt
Riders must wear chaps. (Exception, Green Horse and Green Rider)
Saddle: Horses must be shown astride in a stock saddle. Bridle: Bit: Spade or unbroken bar with 1 inch or higher port measured from bottom of the bar to the top of the port. Bit must have an operable cricket inside the port. Optional tongue release shall not exceed 3 inches in width. The cheeks must be connected at the bottom. Overall length of bit is no more than 8 ½ inches. Diameter of the bar must be a minimum of 5/16 inches. **See NRCHA 2010 rule book for additional changes to equipment requirements. Curb chains are permitted(SRCHA classes only) where the class designates any AQHA or NRHA legal bridles may be used. That would pertain to Green Horse, Green Rider, and Pro/Am class. Leather curb straps must be flat and at least ½ inch wide. Reins with romal are required in all bridle classes except $%00 Novice Rider, Green Horse and Green Rider. Romal reins should be held in a “thumbs-up” position and no fingers between the reins. **See special bridle provisions for SRCHA classes only**
Two-Rein: Bosals may be any size. Rider must use one hand on reins. Fingers between the reins are permitted. (see NRCHA rulebook)
Hackamore: Must be round in shape, constructed of uniform braided rawhide or leather, and have non-metal flexible core. No gimmick of any kind may be used in conjunction with the bosal. (see NRCHA)
Snaffle: D or ring type, with ring no larger than 4 inches on inside of the ring. They must have a broken 2 piece mouthpiece with minimum 5/16 inch in measuring 1 inch in from the cheek with a gradual decrease to the center of the snaffle. Leather or woven chinstrap is to be used. Split or tied reins may be used. Latex wrapped mouthpiece is not acceptable. Applies to SRCHA Snaffle bit class.
Judging and scoring: Will follow NRCHA reining patterns and rules for judging.
Year-End awards: Awards: Will be based on points earned at SRCHA approved shows only. Standings are not based on cash earned. Exhibitors must show in a minimum of 5 SRCHA approved shows. Showing at the Year-End show in at least one of the shows will give the rider 5 extra points. Non-Pro and Youth points are earned on a one-horse/one rider basis. Points are awarded according to the NRCHA point system as set forth in the NRCHA rulebook with the exception of the Green Rider Buckle Achievement Class. Belt buckles will be awarded to the winner of each Year End title. Year End prizes are awarded at the Annual Year End banquet. The SRHCA board reserves the right to increase the number of places given awards at its discretion.