3rd Annual Longhorn Ranch Horse Challenge

2017 weekend event dates:   June 24–25th, July 8–9th & July 22–23

Approx. $30,000 in awards and prizes including trophy saddles, buckles, blankets, bags and more.

Presented by: Longhorn Equine Events LLC  •  Sponsored by: Longhorn Cattle Company

2017 Event Flyer

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2017 EVENT SPONSORS  –  Click logo to visit sponsor websites.

Join in on the fun this year!

The 2017 Ranch Horse Challenge is a great event to showcase 1 or more of your horses in our Novice and Open Classes. This all breed horse event will test your horse(s) against the clock as they attempt to perform Ranch Agility, Ranch Trail, Ranch Cutting and Ranch Roping (Novice Class Modified) duties in the fastest, most efficient manner possible. Come for fun, enter 1 or all 4 classes at any of the 3 event weekends listed below. Make great friends and watch some of the best horses and riders from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Class Definitions & Entry Fees

Youth Division:
Will be a separate division, but Youth Riders will compete as part of the Novice Division.  A Youth Rider is defined as A Rider who is 12 years & younger at the start of the first weekend of the Event.

Novice Division:
Any Rider that DOES NOT regularly compete.

Intermediate Division:
Any Rider that has competed at, but HAS NOT won a major award or awards at this Event or other organized mounted events (this includes First Place or Overall Awards and/or Series or Regional Awards).

Open / Advanced Division:
Any Rider who has or is currently receiving monetary or in-kind reimbursement for the training or schooling of horses and/or riders in any discipline. The Open/Advanced Rider has both competed and won First Place recognition at any event.

Event Descriptions & Details

Ranch Trail:
This Class contains a course on 5-acres of ranch pasture with 20 obstacles and is designed to show a horse’s ability and willingness to perform several tasks that might be asked of him during the course of a normal day’s ranch work.  The horse will be judged on three gaits – walk, trot, and lope – performed between obstacles.  A horse will be rewarded with higher credit for performing these gaits on the correct lead and with an alert attitude.

Ranch Agility:
The Ranch Agility Class is a timed event that showcases your horse’s speed, agility and control.  This Class consists of 3-elements of gymkana classes – barrel racing, keyhole and pole bending.

Ranch Cutting:
A single numbered cow is cut from the herd and the horse must demonstrate its ability to work the cow.  When satisfied that the horse has proven its cutting ability, the horse and rider must then pen the cow at the far end of the arena.

Ranch Roping (Youth, Novice and Intermediate Divisions):
This event showcases the horse’s ability to stand while tossing rope, backing and pulling abilities of horse, and tracking steer in correct position.

Ranch Roping (Open Division):
This event showcases the Contestant’s ability to handle steer, rating, tracking, stopping, backing, and pulling abilities of their horse, and general control of horse and rider as a team.

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Directions to the ranch:

Things you’ll want to know:

  • Free Overnight Parking.  Can arrive Friday.
  • Register Online or at Event.  Entries Limited to 100.  Credit Card/Cash Only at time of Check-In.
  • Limited Overnight Stalls Available Onsite – $30.00 Per Stall for Weekend.  For Reservation/Availability Contact Greg at (509) 856-8610.
  • Riders Meeting 7:30 a.m. Saturday & Sunday Mornings.
  • First Riders out at 8:30 a.m.
  • Awards given Each Weekend 1st thru 4th Places in all Divisions.
  • Custom Saddles to 1st Place Overall Series Winners in Youth, Novice, Intermediate & Open Divisions.
  • Additional Awards given to Overall Series Winners thru 4th Place in Each Division (buckles, Cowboy Living Dinnerware, jackets, etc.).
  • Overall Awards given to all Youth Participants.
  • 1st Place Buckles given to End of Series Winners in Each Individual Class in Youth, Novice, Intermediate & Open Divisions.
  • Additional Awards given to End of Series Winners thru 4th Place in Each Individual Class in all Divisions.
  • Concession Onsite.
  • Western Attire Required – No Ball Caps.
  • Bring Lawn Chair.
  • Dogs Must Be on Leash.
  • Spectators Welcome/Free Parking.

Special “Heritage Ranch” Jackpot Award

Longhorn Cattle Co./Quarter Horse Ranch at Ellensburg, WA and KT Ranch at Connell, WA are the sponsors for the 2017 Heritage Ranch Jackpot.

Any horse from either of these two ranches that is entered and competing in all classes of the Ranch Horse Challenge Series is automatically eligible for this Special Jackpot Award at the end of the Series.

  • Buzz Inn Steakhouses
  • Cactus Ropes
  • Center Line Art Works/Cletus Samuelson, Ellensburg, WA
  • Central WA Land Restoration Services, LLC
  • Commercial Tire
  • Cowboy Living Western China
  • Dairy Queen, Ellensburg, WA
  • DJ Classic’s Western Furniture & Home Décor, Yelm, WA
  • Don’s Leather Shop, Ellensburg, WA
  • Ellensburg Tire Center, Ellensburg, WA
  • Exit 115 Mini Mart/Shell Station, Kittitas, WA
  • Hitching Post Supply, Snohomish, WA
  • Holly Conti, Ellensburg, WA
  • Honky Tonk Ranch/Janie & Ken Larson, Ellensburg, WA
  • Iron Mountain Ranch & Tadco, Inc./Phil & Kim Widner, Cle Elum, WA
  • Jerry Lael – Farmers Insurance, Ellensburg, WA
  • Jimmy Watterson Trucking, Ellensburg, WA
  • Johnson Exteriors Roofing & Sheet Metal, Enumclaw, WA
  • Kathy Bailes, Ellensburg, WA
  • Kayser Ranches, Ellensburg, WA
  • Knudson Lumber, Ellensburg, WA
  • KT Ranch, Connel, WA    www.ktranch.com
  • Lake Chelan Coffee Company, Lake Chelan, WA
  • Legacy Whisky
  • Longhorn Cattle Co./Quarter Horse Ranch, Ellensburg, WA
  • Luft Trailer Sales, Ellensburg, WA
  • Marty Stingley Photography, Ellensburg, WA
  • Mid-Columbia Veterinary Clinic, Goldendale, WA
  • Midstate Co-Op, Ellensburg, WA
  • Mike Moir Real Estate, Boise, ID
  • Old Mill Country Store, Ellensburg, WA
  • OnMerit Digital Design & Marketing, Maple Valley, WA
  • Paula J. Thompson, D.V.M., Mobile Veterinary, Thorp, WA
  • Penfold Ranch/Jon & Jan Penfold, Palisades, WA
  • Purina Mills
  • Reuble Farms, Ellensburg, WA
  • Rico Saddle Shop, Greenville, TX
  • Rodeo’s Creations/Teri Elves, WA
  • S & R Custom Panels, Ephrata, WA
  • 7K Septic Pumping & Service, Ellensburg, WA
  • Shaw’s Furniture & Appliance, Ellensburg, WA
  • Shelton Ranch/Dennis & Gail Shelton, Ellensburg, WA
  • Shirts & More Plus Engraving, Ellensburg, WA
  • Showtime Awards, Shingles Springs, CA
  • Stingley Ranch Trucking, Inc., Ellensburg, WA
  • Stoney Creek Outfitters, Monroe, WA
  • Tarp-It, Ellensburg, WA
  • The Phoenix Truss Corp., Ellensburg, WA
  • Toppenish Livestock Commission, Toppenish, WA
  • Valley Veterinary Hospital, Ellensburg, WA
  • Washington State Horsemen