2016 Vintage Cutting Horse Association May 21, 2016. Petaluma Riding and Driving Club

2020 VCHA Show Series

June 20th

July 18th

August 15th

September 19th

*Held at:  Petaluma Riding & Driving Club, 1820 Skillman Lane, Petaluma, CA

Shows begin at 8:30am

All shows are weather contingent – we will update location ASAP if it changes


We look forward to seeing you all at our shows this year!

Directions to VCHA Shows at PRDC

CLASSES – Shows begin at 8:30am –



Email – 

Email entries to: before 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday preceding the show date, and include the following:  ***Email is the preferred method of receiving entries, so that we can ensure accuracy of spelling, etc.

    • Type “VCHA Entry” in the subject line. Type the rider’s full name and contact phone number in the message section.
    • Type the horse’s full name and the horse owner’s full name
    • Type the name of the class(es) the horse and rider are entering
    • Repeat the above for each horse/rider/class.


Phone in

Call the VCHA entry line: 707.547.9796, before 9:00 p.m. on the deadline date, the Wednesday before a Saturday show. Please leave the following clearly:  ***Although we prefer email entries, we are happy to accept phone entries

  1. Rider’s full name and contact phone number
  2. Horse’s name and the horse owner’s name
  3. Class horse and rider are entering
  4. Repeat this information for each class


Rules & Guidelines

Loping Pen Guidelines – PDF

All Club Shows dates are tentative pending on weather (rain)

To comply with VCHA insurance requirements anyone mounted, riding or showing a horse on the show grounds or at any VCHA event must be a current member or registered loper in good-standing.

You must sign a release, be a member and settle your account prior to showing your horse (you may leave a blank check with the show secretary to settle account). Both owners and riders must be current members of VCHA, in good standing in order to compete.

Contestants are responsible for determining the eligibility of themselves and their horses to enter any class. Eligibility is based upon rider’s and/or horse’s LTE. Any points and/or monies earned by an ineligible horse or rider will automatically be revoked. Monies won in events restricted by age (futurities, derbies, maturities, etc.) shall NOT be counted when determining eligibility.

Show Management reserves the right to cancel any class or combine smaller classes.  The cattle from the combined class will added to make a sizeable herd.

Billing Fee: A $30.00 billing fee will be assessed to Rider/Owner/Trainer, if failure to pay any outstanding monies owed by the end of show. If payment is not received during the same month as date of mailed invoice, an additional $30.00 per month will continue to accrue each month thereafter, until payment is received in full. Those delinquent more than 3 months.  Member(s) will be suspended.

The above delinquent rider/owner/trainer will not be allowed to show again until all outstanding fees are paid.

All contestants will work at the appointed time designated by the show management.  Horses/riders arriving late may be allowed to show and receive a score if the class drawn into is still in the arena. Under no circumstances will a horse be allowed to show & compete after its designated class is finished.

Entries are due the Wednesday before the show; Late entries may be accepted after the deadline depending on cattle availability. Late entries will show at the end of the class.

If you scratch a class, you will be charged a cattle fee for each class scratched.

VCHA hosts 5 shows per season. To qualify for year-end awards for a class, riders must obtain a minimum of 6 points in the class. However, all qualifying class points earned will accumulate and be included for the Year-End Non Pro High Point Award.

The following are the rules and regulations of the VCHA Miniseries Shows: VCHA will follow National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) rules for all classes, except where otherwise noted:

    1. Any class(es) with less than 3 riders/entries: The class WILL be held and points earned will account for accumulative in the class.
  • Year-end CLASS award eligibility:  To receive a year end class award, riders and/or horse appropriate classes, must compete in at least 4 out of 5 shows of the show series to qualify for class awards, and for the Non-Pro Overall High Point award.  Awards are given first through third place.
  • Year-end high-point Non-Pro Award:An award will be given to the Non Pro who accumulates the most points in the qualifying classes during the show series. A Reserve Non Pro high-point champion award will be annually given at the discretion of the Board of Directors.  
  • Overall Non-Pro High-point Award’s qualifying classes are as follows: Non-Pro; $35K Non-Pro; $15 Amateur & $500 Non-Pro
  • Classes where the points accrued to the rider, for the purpose of the Year-end award; If rider is riding multiple horses is one class; Rider must declare to the show secretary, PRIOR to the start of the class, which run will be used to accumulate points towards the year-end awards. If this does not occur prior to the first horse, the lower score & points will be credited to standings. Only one rider’s entry per class will count towards Year-End Awards.
  • Senior Youth Education Award:  This award of $300 will be given to the youth who:  (a) rides in any class at least 4 out of 5 VCHA shows in one season; (b) accumulates enough points (6); and (c) is a senior in high school with plans for continuing education.
  • Equipment: With the exception of the Ranch Class, NCHA rules for allowable equipment (bits, draw reins, etc.) will apply in all classes. This rule will not apply to practices, turn back, or herd holder horses, etc
  • Ranch Limited Rider Class:  Rider may not have exceeded $250 lifetime earnings in NCHA, PCCHA or any other sanctioned cutting event.  The rider may show with either two hands or one, in any type of legal bit, snaffle or bosal. Riders do not need to own the horse.  No professional trainers in the discipline of NCHA or NRCHA may compete in the class.

  • Ranch Limited Horse Class: Horse may not have exceeded $1000 lifetime earnings in NCHA, PCCHA or any other sanctioned cutting event.  The rider may show with either two hands or one, in any type of legal bit, snaffle or bosal. Riders do not need to own the horse. Professional trainers may ride in this class.

  • Attire: The NCHA requirements for a western hat, a button/snap up long sleeve western shirt, full leg trousers (e.g., jeans), and boots are required in all arenas during the course of the show when mounted.
  • The Show Committee has the discretion to not accommodate the request of an entrant to change a class after the cattle have been ordered, especially if the class change results in the cancellation of the class originally entered.
  • Any abuse or inhumane treatment of animals on the show grounds will not be permitted.

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