Great American Ranch Horse Competition

Flat Hat Farm Ranch Horse Competition

The Ranch Horse competition will be held in the main coliseum at 3:00 pm on Friday.
Horses will compete in the order they are listed in the catalog.

This will be a competition to showcase the using and working skills of the ranch horse. Whether riding on the ranch or competing in the show ring, a good ranch horse needs to have a good handle and athletic ability. The course will give the riders the opportunity to demonstrate these fine tuned skills.

Riders will begin the competition with their dry work. They will enter the arena by opening a gate and proceeding to work a pattern that will include transitions of gaits and speed. The pattern will include a lead change, stop, back up and a spin in both directions. Logs and a bridge may also be included.

After the dry work, a cow will be released into the arena. The rider will demonstrate their cow work by holding or boxing a cow at the end of the arena for a designated time of 50 seconds. When the whistle blows, they will then drive the cow down the arena and demonstrate the horses’ roping skills. It is not mandatory that the cow be roped, but it is important to show that the horse has the ability and temperament to give the rider every opportunity to rope the cow.

Ranch Horse Competition awards will be presented after the Trail Horse Competition awards are given out on Saturday morning.

1st Place – Flat Hat Farm Trophy Saddle
2nd Place – Trophy Buckle
3-5th Place – Money awards
6-10th place – Awards

** If you do not SELL your horse at the sale, you will not be eligible to receive any award payback money. Award monies will then be paid back to the horses that placed in the competition and SOLD in the sale. This is a competition to demonstrate your horses’ ranch skills to BUYERS of your horse.

** There is no cross entering into the Trail Competition with the same horse

** Contestants will be given the ranch competition course upon check in at the sale office.

Winner of the 2024 Flat Hat Farm Ranch Horse Competition

Consigned and ridden by John Roberts

Winner of the 2023 Flat Hat Farm Ranch Horse Competition

Consigned and ridden by Carrie O’Byrne

Winner of the 2022 Flat Hat Farm Ranch Horse Competition

Hip # 21 PLAY BERRY, $30,000
Ridden by Chris Rice
Consigned by Kim Brittenham

Winner of the 2021 Flat Hat Farm Ranch Horse Competition


Ridden by Lindsey Blum

Consigned by Beaver Ranch

Winner of the 2019 Star H Equine Ranch Horse Competition


Ridden by Tania Morton

Consigned by Tania Morton

2017 Ranch Horse Competition Champion


Ridden by Trent Rhea of North Carolina

Consigned by Odell and Susan Hampton Grose

2017 Ranch Horse Competition Reserve Champion


Ridden by Steve Meadows of Virginia

Consigned by Steve Meadows

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