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UW Ranch Horse Team


Purpose of the UW Ranch Horse Team

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The UW Ranch Horse Team will compete against other collegiate teams in Stock Horse of Texas (SHOT), American Stock Horse Association (ASHA) and Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska Shock Horse Association (CoWN) sanctioned shows.

With this program we will develop an environment where students can enhance their learning in the equine industry and continue on as an equine professional.  Also the students will learn how to be competitive in the show arena while gaining a sense of confidence and knowledge of their horse and the ranch horse versatility industry/

It will be expected for the students to show their horse in a number of different classes including ranch riding, ranch trail, reining, working cow horse and sometimes cutting. The horse and rider will be scored based off their performance in the ring. Then the students will be placed as an individual which will add to the teams overall score and placing.

The UW Ranch Horse Team strives to educate those interested in versatility stock horse. The goal of ranch horse is to preserve the heritage and tradition of the functional ranch horse while showing is purpose with a competitive edge.


Competition is divided into four categories that fit into practical ranch functions.

  1. Ranch Riding- also called stock horse pleasure. This class is evaluated on how the horse moves. The horse should have a cadenced stride and be able to cover ground comfortably while moving cattle across the pasture.
  2. Ranch Trail- This class includes multiple obstacles that they would encounter while working on the ranch and/or feed yard.
  3. Reining- The purpose of this class to show your horses athletic ability while being willfully guided. The class consists of a pattern that includes maneuvers such as spins, sliding stops, circles and lead changes.
  4. Working Cow Horse- This class measures the horse's ability to respond to a cow in a working ranch environment.


For additional information please contact:

Doug Zalesky



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University of Wyoming

Department of Animal Science

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1000 E University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2224

Fax: (307) 766-2355



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