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The BRCA is the only organisation in Great Britain that caters for all western riding disciplines. Other organisations set out to specialise in one form of western riding competition or another but the BRCA is the only association where members are encouraged to try all aspects of the sport – from working with cattle through Reining and all the show classes to Barrel Racing and other mounted games. The BRCA was the first western riding association in Europe to promote a Working Ranch Horse event and this popular event is a regular feature in the BRCA’s annual schedule.

But competition is not the BRCA’s be-all and end-all. We also cater for those that simply enjoy the western way of riding and we organise regular trail rides at various locations. We also organise regular training sessions or “clinics” when you can improve your riding skills in any of the various western riding disciplines. Whether you are a competitor, western rider or simply a spectator, you will be welcome among friends in the BRCA.

Membership of the BRCA helps to promote Rodeo and Western Riding in Britain. Members receive a quarterly Newsletter which not only keeps them up to date with what is happening in the BRCA but also includes articles on training and management of the western horse.

Events are organised or sanctioned by the BRCA throughout the year catering for all types of western riding but to the uniformity of the BRCA Rulebook which guarantees competitors a standard and safe format for shows. In this way, our aim is to provide a level playing field for the enjoyment of our members.

Rules governing our shows are derived from those adopted by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, the National Reining Horse Association and the National Cutting Horse Association. We adapt these American rules to suit competition in Britain and regularly review them to ensure that our shows are as far as possible in line with what is current in the USA.

Grading competitors is a system unique to the BRCA. It enables a novice horse/rider to enter the same competition as an expert and have the opportunity to win against other competitors in the same grade. As with other associations, competitors accumulate points throughout the year – but only the BRCA awards end of season “High Points” trophies in grades appropriate to four levels of expertise.

Competition judges appointed by the BRCA are experienced competitors fully qualified to an advance level of western equitation and are appointed on graduation from the BRCA Examination System. The BRCA requires a high standard of judging.

BRCA instructors are fully qualified to an advanced level of western equitation and are available to provide training and encouragement to those who wish to improve their western riding skills. Instructors are appointed on graduation from the BRCA Examination System. This provides for any member who wishes to take part, a comprehensive education and exam system covering horse care, western riding, stable management, horse training, instructing, stock contracting, cattle care and show promotions. The programme is not compulsory but BRCA members are encouraged to take part up to any level of achievement they wish.

All year round events are a feature of the BRCA’s activities. Become a member and you can take your pick from the following:


Barrel Racing

Working Cow Horse

Ready to Rope

Steer Riding

Barn Dance

On the Fence
  • Rodeos
  • Cattle Classes
  • Western Show Classes         
  • Trail Rides
  • Clinics/Seminars
  • Social Events
  • Roping
  • Reining Classes
  • Mounted Games
  • Long Distance Rides
  • Training Films
  • Bar-B-Qs and Barn Dances       
        Working Cow Horse

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