Versatility and Play Day competitions
Ranch sorting and versatility work is a fast growing sport in the horse world. A nice horse that can do the versatility work, will need to be able to sort cows from a pen, and move them. They must side pass, be able to open gates, be safe for a rider to stand and wait for his or her turn in the program, and be able to be around a lot of activity, noise, confusion and announcers. These horses make great riding horses also, but can add to the fun by being able to compete in some of these contests.
We also recommend these horses for the fun sport of competitive trail. this type of work is not the hard work that comes with serious competitive trail that goes miles and has heart rate changes. This sport is fun but much lower key and requires less riding skill. The horse must demonstrate it's versatility and ability to do trail work such as cross water, open gates, walk through obstacles and allow for anything that could come up on a good trail ride. There are a number of good websites to demonstrate this ability and organizations to join. www.competetivetrail.com is a good site to observe and learn.
A play day horse must show manners in a busy situation of arena work, standing tied to the trailer at the show grounds, and be able to maneuver poles, barrel, egg and spoon races and general fun day activities. These competitions are a great sport for children just starting out, and adults that want to go to some fun play day activities that are not at the top caliber of barrel racing pole bending etc. These days are usually family fun days and a good horse that will compete at a lower lever, but be safe and fun for the family.