Cactus Reining Classic Adds Ranch Horse Pleasure

Thanks to class popularity, amateur and youth ranch horse pleasure will be offered at the March 5-9 Cactus Reining Classic in Arizona.

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In response to the growing popularity of the AQHA ranch horse pleasure classes, the Cactus Reining Classic announced the addition of both AQHA amateur and youth ranch horse pleasure classes to the 2014 schedule for the March 5-9 event at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A favorite of exhibitors and spectators alike, the ranch horse pleasure class is judged on how well horses and riders perform in a simulated ranch environment.  

"In ranch horse pleasure, judges look for a perfect, handy horse with manners, versatility and movement," said AQHA Senior Director of Judges Alex Ross.  "There’s a real emphasis on forward movement and ground-covering gaits, while rules of cadence still apply."  

"I was astonished and excited for the popularity of this new AQHA event since its debut in 2013," said Cactus Reining Classic horse show producer Amanda Brumley of Brumley Management Group. "I am so excited about the future of these ranch horse pleasure classes as an opportunity for reiners to continue learn horsemanship skills while having fun.  I love that horses from all disciplines are competing against each other, and that everyone has the chance to be competitive. Being able to offer these classes at the Cactus Reining Classic this year is icing on the cake."

The AQHA amateur ranch horse pleasure class is slated for Wednesday, March 5, and the AQHA youth ranch horse pleasure class is set for Friday, March 7. Both classes will be held in Arena 6.

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About Cactus Reining Classic

Established in 2005, the Cactus Reining Classic is the first event in the three-show "Triple Crown of Reining Series" that includes Reining By The Bay and High Roller Reining Classic, all of which are recognized by the National Reining Horse Association among their top-ranked events worldwide.

Amateur ranch horse pleasure competitor Emily Jo Starkey Peak horse-showing tips in "Dear Rookies ..." in the February American Quarter Horse Journal.