The mission of the IRHA is to promote well broke, reliable, and versatile stock horses. IRHA strives to develop the horsemanship skills of our members and to provide an atmosphere where honesty, personal growth and politeness towards fellow horsemen exists. An environment where horses are respected and where true western tradition is genuinely honored.
IRHA is open to western stock horse breeds, whether ridden on the ranch, on the trail or in the arena. It is open to all enthusiasts who want to become better horsemen and horsewomen and have more fun with their horses in a safe and friendly environment with like-minded horse people.
The national club (American Ranch Horse Association) was founded to promote the abilities of the all around versatile working horse through shows, clinics, and sales in a friendly, down-to-earth family atmosphere, while establishing a uniform set of rules, providing qualified ranch horse judges, as well as to promote uniformity and consistency in judging, increase the use of common standards, and to provide a national point system and a World Show for exhibitors to compete for national awards and titles.
For those who wish to test and improve their horsemanship skills and abilities and have fun doing so, the Indiana Ranch Horse Association offers the ideal opportunity. Horses are shown naturally, with no hoof black or banded manes. Working western attire is required and we show our horses in working tack and equipment.
• Annual Family membership: $25
• Annual Individual membership: $10
• Youth membership: $5
A copy of IRHA's By Laws are available for viewing and download.
There are different divisions offered at IRHA shows:
Any horse registered in ARHA and any member may show in these classes regardless of how old the exhibitor is, and regardless of their skill level. Professionals, beginners and youth alike are welcome to participate in these classes, which makes for an exciting mix of competition. There is no additional ARHA division card required to show in All Age classes.
Amateurs are exhibitors who have not trained horses owned by others for remuneration (pay or exchange of goods or services). These exhibitors are considered non-pro and may show in All Age and Amateur division classes. A separate ARHA Amateur card must be purchased to show in Amateur classes.
Children that are 18 years of age or younger as of January 1 are considered youth. They may show in both Youth and All Age division classes. Married persons or exhibitors with children do not qualify for youth status, even if they meet the age requirements. A separate ARHA Youth card must be purchased to show in Youth classes.
Novice exhibitors must also have an ARHA Amateur or Youth card. Eligible for Novice until they have accumulated 1000 points, points are accumulated on rider only. Novice exhibitors may cross enter in their perspective amateur or youth divisions and open divisions as well. Novice points will not carry over into youth or amateur classes and ROM's will not be presented for Novice classes. There is also a separate Novice Cattle Designation - designed for Novice in cattle classes only. IRHA will offer year end class awards for novice classes.
Open classes are not a recognized division by ARHA for points as they are open to everyone. These classes are designed to allow non-members the opportunity to participate at our shows before deciding to join ARHA. Horses do not need to be registered in ARHA or any breed or color association. Classes are open to all exhibitors.
IRHA, the official state charter of the American Ranch Horse Association, offers a variety of classes for the equine enthusiast and at all levels of competition. From the beginning youth to the accomplished professional, we have something for everyone. For the most detailed list of classes, and how they are judged, visit ARHA's website.