Performance Horse Series

Day Work & Sale Horse Series:
Ranch Roping, Reining Cow Horse,
Judged Rodeo Events & Dude Rancher’s Trail 

TQA’s Sale Horse Series is part of the Training Quality Assurance program.  TQA 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 sale 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 “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 needed to work on Great Basin Ranches. 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 day work and sale horse series works closely with the Working Ranch Horse program through U of I 4-H extension, Malheur County Started Ranch Colt Project and TQA’s Youth Development Program.  All of these programs have 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 Day Work and Sale 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 @

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

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

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
TQA Fence Work Phase 2 

Phase 3
TQA Fence Work Phase 3

Phase 4
TQA Fence Work Phase 4
(Friday Competitions)

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

Phase 2 (Team Roping)
Lope out of Box
Rope Pull Dummy 
(Head, Heal) 

 Phase 3 (Team Roping) 
Rope Slow Steers|
Put on in Chute or Steer Stop (Heading) 

Phase 4(Team Roping)
Rope Fast Steers (Rodeo Run) 

Phase 1 (Calf Roping/Break Away)
Trot out of Box
Rope Pull Dummy
Tie Dummy

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

Phase 3 (Calf Roping/ Break Away)
Rope Slow Calves
Get off Left Side
Tie Calf 

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

Barrel Racing Horse Shows


Phase 1
Trot Entire Pattern 
Phase 2
Lope and Trot Around Barrels 
Phase 3
Lope Entire Pattern 
Phase 4 
Run Entire Pattern (Rodeo Run)