The "Round 'Em Up" Western Club is the hip place of all the western disciplines; barrel racing, cutting, reining, western pleasure and so on! Before we get started, let’s learn a little about the WC.
What is "Round 'em Up Club?
We are a discipline oriented club to promote the various western disciplines. The core concept is to provide and run western events. Even though, realistically, the western world is focused on stock breeds (AQH, Paints, Appaloosas, and other breeds of the sort), here at WC we accept all breeds to register, and compete. They can exhibit their potential and best in show with no breed level caps. Equal opportunity! Western riding disciplines, may not seem so, but they are challenging for both horse and rider. On that note, we wish you all luck in the shows, and events in the near future.
Gymkhana: is an equestrian event consisting of a timed and patterned “games.” Classes that make up gymkhana is barrel racing, keyhole race, and pole bending. All of these events are to display precise, controlled actions and teamwork between horse and rider, at high speeds.
Reining: To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely. It requires the horse to be responsive and in tune with its rider, whose aids should not be easily seen, and judges the horse on its ability to perform a set pattern of movements. Any movement on his own must be considered a lack of control. A horse that pins his ears, conveying a threat to his rider, refuses to go forward, runs sideways, bounces his rear, wrings his tail in irritation or displays an overall poor attitude is not being guided willingly, and is judged accordingly. Deduction for all faults against execution of the pattern and the horse’s overall performance. Credit should be given for smoothness, finesse, attitude, quickness and authority of performing various maneuvers, while using controlled speed which raises the difficulty level.
Showmanship @ halter: is a performance class known world-wide and is a typical event seen at Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, and Paint Horse show. This event is judged on presentation, how well you complete the pattern, and how subtle your cues are. Unlike the other sub-disciplines, this one is done from the ground.
Western Pleasure: is a western style competition at shows that evaluates horses on manners and suitability of a relaxed but collected, slower speed of gate. The horse is supposed to appear to be “a pleasure” to ride and very comfortable. There is no pattern required for this class, just all rail work of walk, jog, lope, and possible extensions.
Western Trail: Much like Western Pleasure, Western Trail is judged on a horse’s manners and calmness, however there is a pattern using obstacles to test the horse.
Working Cow Horse: This sub-discipline is a collective one of every class that involves horse and cow interaction. These include calf roping, team penning, cutting, and ranch sorting.
We are proposing the idea, it is not set in stone.