General Questions about Ranch Sorting
The great sport of Ranch Sorting is exploding all across the US and we at the RSNC couldn’t be more excited. We are now 23,000 members strong with over 500 shows booked for the season. Our National Finals had over 6,700 teams this year!
What is Ranch Sorting National Championships (RSNC) ?
It is the mission of RSNC to lead the industry in developing and improving the sport of Ranch Sorting through affordability and a fair rating system. Our goal is to preserve the heritage and integrity of the ranching lifestyle while providing a family oriented, competitive riding experience at the grassroots level.
When was RSNC formed?
RSNC was formally established in the Spring of 2007 by horse enthusiasts who compete and participate in different equine events and see its potential within the equine industry.
What is the goal of RSNC?
Our goal is to grow the sport to the largest equine sport membership in the nation. RSNC is helping contestants as a unified force to grow this sport, through exposure and national equine publications and media such as RFD-TV and Horse TV. We offer easy access to exciting competition for beginners, right up to the expert. 75% of all the competitors coming to RSNC events are new to horse sport competitions. It’s so easy anyone who can throw a leg over a horse can have FUN and compete. This is the only equine sport in the nation that allows everyone in the family to COMPETE, WIN and get the recognition and rewards that in most equine sports only the very top competitors receive.
What are the benefits of RSNC membership?
1. Your first year membership is FREE 2. Bring a new member the next year and receive another FREE membership 3. Ranch sorting is a timed event, not a judged event 4. You are rated in a 9 point rating system that is based on statistical performance and not opinion 5. There is a level for everyone to be competitive 6. Points are kept at both the State and National Level and awards are presented by RSNC 7. Nationally accepted rules established to govern the sport
Why are RSNC events so popular?
1. Competing is affordable 2. RSNC offers a competitive family fun horse sport anyone can afford 3. At regular-season sanctioned events, entry fees start at $15 for a Beginner Ranch Hand 4. Classes are jackpotted so contestants have an opportunity to WIN cash 5. Even with thousands of dollars in cash and prizes at stake, everyone can ride for $50 or less even at our National Finals
Is Winning Attainable?
Any person that can ride a horse can be competitive in RSNC ranch sorting. The RSNC 9 point rating sys tem, combined with the handicapping system, levels the playing field. That way ALL participants have a fair chance to WIN! The handicapping system encourages the teaming of skilled sorters with the less-experience partners while the Masters classes feed the appetite of the mature competitor. Beginners, Youth and the Rookies get a piece of the spotlight as well.
When it says $25 entry fee on the show flyer is that per rider or team?
When the cost on the flyer states $25/rider- this means both the sorter and the gate pay the $25 – that's $50 per team. You can ride up to 5 times in a class (5 different teams) There is also a $3 sanctioning fee per rider per team at any RSNC Sanctioned event. So, in this case, if the class is $25/rider and you add the sanctioning fee it is $28 per rider per team.
I joined as a Beginner and had a free membership because I am new to RSNC. When will I need to renew my membership?
As long as you remain a Beginner, you will not need to renew your membership. Once you move up to a higher division your membership will remain current through the RSNC National Finals of the current year but will need to renew your membership immediately after the National Finals event ends (usually in July each year) since our membership runs June to June, national finals are in June. To renew your membership you may choose to either pay the annual $50 membership fee or bring a new contestant to ride at a show to receive your renewal for free.
I am having a hard time understanding rules for AQHA/RSNC shows. If I am a #3 rider showing in the AQHA / RSNC Open class and have more than one horse riding AQHA Open then only the first round counts for AQHA on each of my horses. But then does that mean that the horse and round totals also would count with the handicap to get to RSNC final go? Also, how would you work AM. and Open classes for the same horse? Do you ride that combo horse and rider 2 times?
The two classes that can be co-sanctioned with RSNC are the Open and the Youth. Amateur cannot be co-sanctioned. If you are an Amateur you can ride your horse in both the AQHA Amateur and co-sanctioned RSNC/AQHA Open. In the AQHA /RSNC Open class, you can enter RSNC with a maximum of 5 rides just like always. It doesn’t matter what horse you ride. If you also want to enter the AQHA Open class then you designate the teams and horses that will be AQHA. Your AQHA partners for you and your horse or horses also must be entered with you as an AQHA team. To clarify, both you and your partner must be entered in the AQHA open class together. When that team makes their run in the RSNC/AQHA class then your 1st round time at 60 seconds will determine your AQHA placing. The remainder of your handicap time (if any) and the final round or rounds will determine your RSNC placing. When the run is complete the timer will announce the RSNC time and then back the lap timer up to the last time before 60 seconds and read the AQHA time. It is an opportunity to pay less of an entry fee for 2 separate classes and it allows you to place in both within the same class. AQHA/RSNC co-sanctioned event allows the producer to draw contestants from both organizations and allows contestants to save money while qualifying for the huge payouts at the RSNC National Finals and the AQHA World Show Finals. Until rules are unified AQHA rules will be followed on co-sanctioned classes. A note to Producers, AQHA does have 120 day application deadline so be sure to plan ahead and contact AQHA 806-376-4811or email Lisa Pond at LPond@aqha.org to request a Special Event Application. With AQHA Partner Alliance Status the 4 RSNC Regional Super Sorts and RSNC National Finals will be Double AQHA point classes giving everyone a huge head start on their qualification process. This is a win/win for all involved and especially for the sport of Ranch Sorting. If you have questions, contact the RSNC office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-897-2901.
How do I become a RSNC Judge?
To become a RSNC judge you have to be associated with a producer in your area. Once that association is confirmed by the producer, RSNC will send you the test to take. When the test has been taken you should ...
1. Return your completed test via:
Mail: RSNC, P.O. Box 1, Wellington, CO 80549
2. Send in your $25 Judge's Membership fee (only if you are not a current RSNC member),by check made to RSNC or make payment on the online store.
3. You will be notified within 2 weeks of your results of your test and your information will be posted on the RSNC Approved Judge's list on the RSNC website.