242. Ranch Pleasure
- Mules to be shown at walk, jog and lope both directions of arena. The Judge must ask for an extended jog and lope in at least one direction.
- A mule will be given credit for travelling with its head held in a normal position, ears alert, and moving a natural speed for the gait requested
- The purpose of Ranch Mule Pleasure should reflect the versatility, attitude, and movement of a working mule.
- The mule’s performance should simulate a mule riding outside the confines of an arena and that of a working ranch mule.
- This class should show the mule’s ability to work at a forward, working speed while under control by the rider.
- Light contact should be rewarded, and mule should not be shown on a loose draping rein.
- The overall manners and responsiveness of the mule while performing and the mule’s quality of movement are the primary considerations.
243. Ranch Riding – Ranch Riding consists of pattern work only which is ridden individually. The Ranch Riding patterns are designed to evaluate the rider’s ability to execute, in concert with their mule, a set of maneuvers with precision and smoothness while exhibiting poise and confidence, and maintaining a balanced, functional and fundamentally correct body position.
- The pattern is extremely precise with the rider and mule working in complete unison, executing each maneuver with subtle aids and cues.
- The mule’s head and neck should be carried in a relaxed, natural position, with the poll level with or slightly above the withers.
- The rider should maintain light contact with the reins.
- The mule/rider team will be judged on the different elements of the patterns and for performing the patterns precisely and in the correct order.
- The required maneuvers will include the walk, jog, and lope both directions: and the extended jog and lope at least one direction; as well as stops, turn to change directions, and back.
- Optional maneuvers include turn on forehand or haunches, side pass, lead change (simple or flying) and jog or lope over poles.
- No time limit.
- One of the suggested 4 patterns may be used, however a judge may utilize a different pattern as long as all required maneuvers are included plus 2 or more optional maneuvers are included.
- 1 Point Penalties: – Over-bridled per maneuver- Out of frame per maneuver- Too slow per maneuver- Gapping mouth- Break of gait at walk or trot for two (2) strides or less.
- 3 Point Penalties: – Wrong lead or out of lead- Draped reins- Break of gait at lope- Break of gait at walk or trot for more than two (2) strides.
- 5 Point Penalties: – Blatant disobedience- Use of either hand to instill fear/praise – More than one finger between split reins or any fingers between romal reins per maneuver- 1st or 2nd cumulative refusal. – Off-pattern or breaking pattern- (Cannot place above others who complete pattern correctly.)
- DQ: – Lameness- Abuse- Illegal equipment- Fall of mule/rider – Use of two hands (except in snaffle bit or hackamore) – 3rd cumulative refusal. – Spurring in front of cinch.