Those wishing to compete in the Ranch Horse Association of American need to purchase a membership and have proof of membership at all RHAA competitions. All horses must have a Competition License. This process can take up to 2 weeks, so please plan ahead before your first show.
Individual Memberships — $65
Ranch Corporate Membership — $300
(covers unlimited riders that are full time employees)
Lifetime Membership — $350 (individual only)
All horses must have a valid competition license inorder to compete. Six months date of ownership as required for Ranch Hand, Junior, and Senior horses, is determined as of the date transaction is recorded in AQHA records.
Not sure which division you are eligible for?
RHAA Box Drive Box Drive Class: This is an entry level class for any RHAA member who has $0 earnings in RHAA sanctioned events and who have had less than 3 runs down the fence in any association (including all RHAA classes). A person that starts the year in the RHAA Box Drive Box Drive class may finish the year in the class regardless of how much money the contestant wins during that year. However, once the new show season has begun, contestants with earnings exceeding $250 will progress out of the class. No monies won in this class will count against lifetime earnings used to determine eligibility in the Wrangler, Cowboy and Ranch Hand classes.
WRANGLER CLASS: This is an entry level class for any RHAA member who has won no more than $500 in any RHAA sanctioned event. A person that starts the year in the Wrangler class may finish the year in the Wrangler class regardless of how much money the contestant wins in that year. No monies won in the Wrangler class will count against lifetime earnings used to determine eligibility in the Cowboy and Ranch Hand classes. Wrangler winnings will not be included to determine the year-end high money award.
COWBOY CLASS: Anyone who is an RHAA member and has not won more than $2500 in any RHAA sanctioned event can enter this class. A person that starts the year in the Cowboy class may finish the year in the Cowboy class regardless of how much money the contestant wins in that year. Professional horse trainers are not eligible for the Cowboy class. Contestants with Open earnings in the NRCHA, NCHA, ACHA or NRHA or Open points in AQHA or APHA in the working cow horse, cutting or reining classes are ineligible to compete in the Cowboy class. It is the responsibility of the contestant to keep up with their eligibility for the Cowboy class.
RANCH HAND CLASS: This class is for RHAA members with less than $4500 lifetime earnings in any RHAA sanctioned event. Professional trainers and members with NRCHA Open earnings, NCHA Open earnings, NRHA Open Earnings, ACHA Open Earnings or AQHA, APHA Open Points in Reining, Cutting or Working Cow Horse within the previous ten years are ineligible to compete in this class subject to review by the board. The RHAA reserves the right to move any member out of the Ranch Hand class that violates the intent of this class.
JUNIOR CLASS: A Junior horse is defined as being five (5) years old or younger as of the first Sunday following the RHAA finals and may compete in the Junior Class until the completion of the RHAA finals at the conclusion of the current RHAA fiscal year.
SENIOR CLASS: A Senior horse is defined as an aged horse no longer eligible for the Junior division.