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  • 1 Post By COWCHICK77
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    08-23-2013, 07:55 PM
Stock Horse Associations

Is anyone a member of the American Stock Horse Association or the National Stock Horse Association? I would really love to find out more about what these organizations are all about.
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    08-23-2013, 08:13 PM
Have you looked at their websites?
National Stock Horse Association - NSHA - National Stock Horse Association Home

The National Stock Horse Assoc. Is more like the NRCHA. (herd, dry and fence work)
The American Stock Horse Assoc. Is modeled more like ranch versatility.(pleasure, trail, reining and cow work) The ASHA shows usually have a clinic the day before or the morning of depending on how big the event is, if I remember right.
    08-24-2013, 09:27 PM
I looked at the websites but I was hoping there were some people out there that are a part of one of these associations that could tell me exactly what it is they do.
    08-24-2013, 10:33 PM
I guess I am a little confused. Maybe explain what your plans are and we can help you better to point you in the right direction.

I have done ASHA shows and that is the format that the APHA uses for their Ranch Horse classes. The ones I have been to and shown in have been very family oriented and beginner friendly.

I know some folks that show in the open level of NSHA. Very tough competition(obviously at the open level) and more like the NRCHA than ranch versatility or ranch horse competitions. For these shows I think that a trainer or a coach would be helpful or necessary at the entry level.
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    08-25-2013, 11:04 AM
I guess I was just wondering what the atmosphere of the shows is like (like you said) and what kind of classes they have. I show at local county riding club shows and at SHOE (southern horse owners and exhibitors) shows and my horse does best in ranch classes there so I was wondering if there might be something for us in one of these associations.
    08-26-2013, 09:42 PM
I would try the American Stock Horse Assoc. Or have looked at your breed association to see if they offer ranch horse classes?
    08-26-2013, 10:39 PM
Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
I would try the American Stock Horse Assoc. Or have looked at your breed association to see if they offer ranch horse classes?
I'm not really sure if AQHA has ranch classes, but I'll look. So you said that the ASHA shows are beginner friendly? That would be good for us since he's still somewhat new to showing.
    08-26-2013, 10:43 PM
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I'm not a member of the ASHA, but I attended one of their clinics and it was held the day before the competition. They were very beginner friendly. I really enjoyed it.
    08-26-2013, 11:18 PM
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You need to see what is active in your area. In Oklahoma, the ASHA is very active and is really a good organization for novice trainers and riders. Most of the NSHA events are in CA that I have seen advertised and they are as tough as most NRCHA shows.

The other option would be the FQHR if they are active in your area. The OkFQHR is a really big organization here in Oklahoma with 4 shows a year that have ranch cutting, sorting, team doctoring, etc, with 15 to 20 horses/riders in most classes.

Just look through show results and you will see how many shows and clinics are held in your area each year.
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    08-27-2013, 12:22 AM
I agree with Cherie, look at some more local associations or clubs. ( I didn't even think of the Foundation associations/clubs!)
Usually there is a local or state quarter horse club that offers the same classes as AQHA at their shows you just need to pay attention to as what shows are sanctioned or not if your looking to get points.
AQHA does have ranch horses classes, but it is in the form of the Ranch horse Versatility competition. They have a ranch horse pleasure class but I not sure if they have offered much more than that outside of the ranch horse versatility yet. I think they are heading back that way since they have started a program recognizing ranch horse breeders.

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