Rider Rating System

The NSCHA uses the following system to rate riders. All members must follow the rating system.

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Trainer/Professional

Trainer/Professional Rider Definition - Any rider who trains horses or accepts money on any level or discipline for any reason related to riding horses will be considered a professional/trainer and will automatically be rated a 3.

The rating system will be as follows:

  • Do you ride/train horses for income?  Rating = 3
  • Do you have combined earnings in any cow horse competition including but not limited to team penning, team sorting, cutting or reined cow horse events that exceeds:
    • $25,000   Rating = 4
    • $50,000   Rating = 5
    • $100,000 Rating = 6

Non-Professional/Amateur 

Non-Professional/Amateur Definition  - This application is for riders who in no way accept money for training horses on any level.  Any member of a Trainer/Professional’s household, barn help or lopers will automatically be rated a 2 and begin his/her rating system at that level.


If you have ever trained horses in the past but no longer accept money for riding or training horses on any level, you will automatically be rated a 3 and begin you’re rating system at that non pro  level.

The rating system will be as follows:

  • Do you have combined earnings in any cow horse competition including but not limited to team penning, team sorting, cutting, or reined cow horse events:
    • Less than $2,000      Rating = 1 (Amateur)
    • Exceeding $2,000     Rating = 2 (Amateur)
    • $10,000                  Rating = 3 (Non Pro)
    • $25,000                  Rating = 4 (Non Pro)
    • $50,000                  Rating = 5 (Non Pro)
    • $100,000                Rating = 6 (Non Pro)

Senior Rating  - Over Age 65
The NSCHA offers special consideration to our senior riders (starting the current show year over the age of 65) as follows:

If you are now a non-pro, after the age of 65 you are a 2 Amateur. If you are now a professional, and still train horses for income after the age of 65 you are now a 3 professional. If you are an amateur over the age of 65, you are now a 1 amateur.

Falsifying information on a NSCHA application or rating system will result in a $500 fine and suspension for a period no less than 6 months.

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