Performance Horse 

Hosted by TVCC's

Stock Horse Team

2018-19 Tentative Dates 
November  15th & 16th 
December 6th and 7th
January 31st & February 1st
March 13th & 14th
May 8th & 9th 
May 29th & 30th 

Performance Horse Series:
Ranch Roping, Reining Cow Horse,
    Judged Rodeo Events & Dude Rancher's Trail 

About TQA's Performance Horse Series:

TQA's Performance Horse Series is part of the Training Quality Assurance program which is focused on working with experts in the equine and ranching industry to set industry quality standards and certifications for training and selling horses to the public, as well as working on ranches where horsemanship, stockmanship and roping skills are required.  The focus of the performance horse series is to provide a fun competition where  grade school, high school and college aged kids can apply the TQA curriculum into a fun and educational competition for parents and kids.  In this program grade school and high school students get a taste of one of TVCC’s most popular pathway certificates called the “Performance Horse Selection, Training Marketing and Sales.”  In this certificate students not only learn how to develop a business plan to prepare a horse to market and sale, but also learn horsemanship, stockmanship, roping and team work skills that can help save ranchers time and money, as well as generate new sources of income for cattle producers. In our fast pace society this is an opportunity for parents and kids to slow down and take the time to set a solid foundation in family relationships, ranching skills and the basic fundamentals needed in equine competitions. Parents of kids in the program are also allowed to enter competitions and play with their kids, with their entry fees going to year end prizes for the kids.  TQA’s performance horse series works closely with the Working Ranch Horse program through U of I 4-H extension.  Both TQA and the WRH share the same mission and vision in providing a positive learning environment while equipping kids with the knowledge and skills to be productive in the equine and ranching industry.  

The Main focus of TQA's Performance Horse Series is to:

     1) Create a sport promoting the different areas needed to be successful ranch roping.    

     2) Set a solid foundation in young kids and horses getting ready to enter the rodeo arena.  

     3) Provide a fun atmosphere where parents and kids can play together at any age, or skill level.  

     4) Help kids develop skills in the equine and ranching industry that could lead to part time, or full time employment.  

     5) Equip kids with the knowledge and skills to select, train, market and sale a horse in a performance horse sale.  

     6) Offer a college short course and Hybrid Online class for parents and high school students.  

           - ANS 144 Ranch Roping Syllabus (Nov 6th - Nov 10th)     

           - For more info click here:  Dual Credit 

If you are in grade school and interested in the program contact:

Jeffrey Diehl through Working Ranch Horse @ 

If you are in high school and interested in college credits contact:

Calvin Hiatt @

If you are interested in taking classes on TVCC contact:

Wade Black @

For Donations  Click Here

  (Please specify "Buckle Sponsor" in the "Write a Note" section under the amount given)

                         Ranch Competitor Sponsors 
                                                                         Cover Letter
                                 Sponsor Sheets  

Ranch Roping Competitions
(Saturday Competitions)

  (Use TQA Ranch Roping Judges Sheets) 

  Ground Work 

Rope dummy sitting on sawhorse, ride horse through obstacle course & rope, rope calves on foot.

Phase 1  

1) Rope Dummy on Horse, 2) Work Cow on Foot, 

3) Rope Cow w/ Breakaway Hondue on Foot

Phase 2 

1) Rope Dummy on Horse Back, 2) Work Cow on Horse  

3) Rope Cow w/ Breakaway Hondue on Horse 

Phase 3 

Rope w/ Exp. Roper (Judge Just Inexperience Roper)

Herd of Calves w/ Numbers, Call Number, Rope Calves, Must Hold Rodear 

   Phase 4 (Branding)

Judged Jack Pot Team Branding (Judge Header & Heeler)

 Herd of calves w/ numbers, call number, rope calves, must hold rodear

  Phase 4 (Pasture Doctoring)

Judged Jack Pot Team Doctoring (Judge Header & Heeler)

     Simulated pasture doctoring, two calves in pen, each person heads and heels fix ropes themselves.



Kids Divisions

Adult Jack Pots 
Colt-Class (60 Rides or Less)
Phase 3 (Inexperienced Roper Roping w/ Experienced Roper)  
Phase 4 Branding 
Phase 4 Pasture Doctoring 

                                     Judges Corner
                                                             (Score Sheets)

                    Ground Work                                               Phase 1                                                     Phase 2

                        Phase 3                                            Phase 4 - Branding                           Phase 4 - Pasture Doctoring  


3 Questions That Judges Will Ask While Scoring Phase 3 and Phase 4 

1)  Who a rancher would want to hire to train his horses, brand his calves and doctor sick cows outside?    

2)  Which horse would sell for the most money at a ranch horse sale?

3)  Which horse would a team roper want to buy? 


Ground Work through Phase 2

           - $10 (Focused on developing correct muscle memory in horses and ropers)

Phase 3 (Team Branding) 

           - $25 (Inexperienced roper roping with experienced roper, just inexperienced roper pays)

Phase 4 (Team Branding, Combined Score of Header and Heeler)

           - $25 Open Jack Pot, ($50 per team)

Phase 4 (Pasture Doctoring)   

           - $25 Open Jack Pot ($50 per team)

Reining Cow Horse Competitions
(Friday Competitions)

Reining Classes
Phase 1  
AQHA Ranch Riding Pattern
AQHA Ranch Riding Score Sheet 

Phase 2, 3 and 4 Reining Patterns

NRCHA Reining Pattern (High School)
High School Reining Pattern 2

Phase 2
Trot Reining Pattern   

 Phase 3
Lope Reining Pattern (Simple Lead Changes)

 Phase 4
Lope Reining Pattern (Flying Lead Changes) 

Fence Work Classes
Phase 1
TQA Fence Work Phase 1 

Phase 2
ASHA Fence Work (Novice and Youth Cow Horse) 

Phase 3
ASHA Fence Work (LTDNP & Green Horse)

Phase 4
ASHA Fence Work (Open and Non-Pro)

Day Work Competitions 

(Friday Competitions)

Use TQA Score Sheets

Dude Ranchers Trail Class

TQA Score Sheets 

Day Work Skills Classes

Phase 1 (Individual)

Turn cow in and away both ways and rope dummy

TQA Day Work Phase 1 Score Sheet 

Phase 2 (Individual)

Box Cow, Pen Cow, Sneak Loop 

TQA Day Work Phase 2 Score Sheet  

Phase 3 (Individual)

Sort Cow, Pen Cow, Sneak Loop 

TQA Day Work Phase 3 Score Sheet 

Phase 4 (Team)

Sort Cows, Pen Cows, Head and Heal and Doctor  

TQA Day Work Phase 4 Score Sheet 

                          Rodeo Horse Show
                              (Friday Competitions) 

                                             Rope Horse Classes
                                                              (Use AQHA Rope Horse Score Sheets)
                Phase 1 (Team Roping)                               Phase 1 (Calf Roping/Break Away)

                                Trot out of Box                                                                                  Trot out of Box   
                            Rope Pull Dummy                                                                            Rope Pull Dummy 
                                 (Head, Heal )                                                                                    Tie Dummy 

                Phase 2 (Team Roping)                              Phase 2 (Calf Roping/ Break Away)
                               Lope out of Box                                                                                 Lope out of Box
                            Rope Pull Dummy                                                                              Rope Pull Dummy 
                                 (Head, Heal)                                                                                     Tie From Post 

                     Phase 3 (Team Roping)                               Phase 3 (Calf Roping/ Break Away)
                               Rope Slow Steers                                                                              Rope Slow Calves 
            Put on in Chute or Steer Stop (Heading)                                                              Get off Left Side 
                                                                                                                                                     Tie Calf 
                     Phase 4(Team Roping)
                     Rope Fast Steers (Rodeo Run)                                           Phase 4 (Calf Roping/ Break Away)
                                                                                                                                           Rope Fast Calves
                                                                                                                                         Get Off Right Side
                                                                                                                                               (Rodeo Run)

Judges Corner:

      Judges Perspective Heading                   Judges Perspective Heeling                  Judges Perspective Calf Roping
                  Score Sheets                                            Score Sheets                                              Score Sheets


Barrel Racing Horse Shows
Use TQA Score Sheets
(Click Here)

 Phase 1
Trot Entire Pattern 
Phase 2

Lope and Trot Around Barrels 
Phase 3
Lope Entire Pattern 
Phase 4 
Run Entire Pattern (Rodeo Run)