Novice Non Pro Limited

What is the Novice Non Pro Limited Class?

The California Cow Horse Association Novice Non-Pro Limited horse show class (also formerly referred to as “Green As Grass”) is our entry level class for beginning Non Pro reined cow horse riders. Entrants and their horses will need to be capable of running a reining pattern and working or “boxing” a cow on the short end of the arena. Riders who meet these qualifications and who are looking for a place to get started in reined cow horse competition by competing against other beginning riders are encouraged to enter our Novice Non Pro Limited horse show class. To preserve as level a playing field as possible, riders who reach either one or both of the following two achievements: Top 5 in any CCHA non-pro limited class in any previous show year or $500 of reined cow horse earnings combined from any class in any association are no longer eligible to compete in this class. Instead they will move up through the NRCHA 1K Non Pro Limited, NRCHA 5K Non Pro Limited, CCHA Intermediate Non Pro Limited and NRCHA and CCHA Non Pro Limited classes. And those who are interested will move up to the numerous NRCHA and CCHA Non Pro “down the fence” classes.

Riders in the CCHA Novice Non Pro Limited class accumulate points toward year end awards just like riders in other CCHA classes.

What are the applicable rules?

Certain eligibility requirements apply to riders in this class. Many of these same rules apply to riders in other classes.

The primary division in NRCHA and CCHA classes is between “Open” classes that are literally open to all riders who meet applicable membership requirements and lifetime earnings limits, and “Non Pro” classes that are open only to riders who do not earn a living training and showing horses owned by third parties. This division can also be characterized by the more common terms “Professional” and “Amateur”. For complete Non Pro requirements refer to rule 2.1 “Non Pro Definition and Rules” of the NRCHA Rule Book available under “Resources” at

Entrants in any NRCHA approved Open or Non Pro class must be current NRCHA members in good standing. Entrants in any CCHA approved Open or Non Pro class must be current CCHA members in good standing. Because the Novice Non Pro Limited class is one of our CCHA approved classes NRCHA membership is not required to show in this class.

Riders desiring to enter NRCHA classes at our CCHA shows must complete both a NRCHA membership application and a NRCHA Non Pro declaration. These forms are available under “Membership” at

NRCHA and CCHA memberships can be purchased through the show secretary at any of our CCHA horse shows.

Riders in most NRCHA and CCHA Non Pro classes must meet horse ownership requirements as detailed in NRCHA rule 2.1.12. Briefly, this rule requires that horses in these classes be “solely owned by the exhibitor or exhibitor’s family”. However, as defined in NRCHA rule 2.1.17 riders in the NRCHA 5K Non Pro Limited and NRCHA 1K Non Pro Limited classes do not need to meet the horse ownership requirement. Likewise, riders in our CCHA Intermediate Non Pro Limited and CCHA Novice Non Pro Limited classes are exempted from the horse ownership requirement rule.

“Horses shall be shown astride with a western saddle.”

“Riders must wear a western hat or helmet approved for riding by an equine organization, and appropriate western attire must be worn while showing. Western hat or approved safety helmet, long sleeved western shirt with collar (standup, button down, tuxedo etc.) and cuffs. Vests, jackets and sweaters may be worn over proper attire. Chaps or chinks must be worn.” However, riders in the CCHA Novice Non Pro Limited class are exempt from the chaps or chinks requirement.

“Horses 5 years of age and under as of January 1st of current show year may be shown in either a snaffle bit or hackamore. Horses of any age may be shown in the two rein equipment (for one year only) or bridle.” It is the rider’s responsibility to comply with all equipment rules. At the discretion of show management, equipment may be checked at the back gate after completion of the work. Illegal equipment or blood in the mouth will result in a score of 0. For additional details on equipment rules refer to section 5 “Appointments and Equipment” in the NRCHA Rule Book available under “Resources” at

“Riders cannot have earned more than $750 in fencework classes at any judged classes or events with the exception of horse sales. A rider will be ineligible upon reaching the earnings threshold in any combination of officially published NRCHA earnings and/or earnings from any other association.”

What do I need to know on show day?

Plan to arrive in time to get parked, get entered and get your horse saddled and warmed up before your block of classes starts.

Before exhibiting their horses, riders must “check in” at the show office with the show secretary to confirm their entry details, pay entry fees and as required pay membership or other fees.

Classes at our shows are run in “blocks” according to the order specified on the show entry form. Riders in each block work in a pre-determined order called the “draw”. The working order is randomly determined by the show secretary after the close of entries prior to the show. The draws are posted on the CCHA website after 7:00 p.m. on the Thursday before the show and at the back gate at the show. Riders are called into the show pen to work by the show announcer. There is also a back gate attendant to assist riders in getting into the show pen in a timely manner. Riders failing to arrive at the back gate and enter the arena in a timely manner are subject to forfeiting their opportunity to show and the corresponding entry fees.

The rider’s work begins with the rein work. One of the twelve NRCHA reining patterns will be followed. The pattern will be specified on the entry form and will be posted at the back gate. See section 20 “Patterns & Markers” in the NRCHA Rule Book for descriptions of the patterns. The judge will score the rider’s rein work according to the judging rules in section 19.2 of the NRCHA Rule Book. The score is 70 plus or minus the maneuver scores and minus any penalties. Certain penalties or failure to complete the pattern as prescribed result in a score of 0. Refer to sections 17 and 19 of the NRCHA Rule Book for additional details.

The rider’s work ends with the cow work. The limited cow work is timed. The work begins when the gate closes behind the cow and ends when the 50 second clock runs out or earlier if the judge ends the work for cause with a whistle or horn. The score is 70 plus or minus the run content scores and minus any penalties. Certain penalties or failure to complete the work result in a score of 0. Refer to sections 17 and 19 of the NRCHA Rule Book available under “Resources” at for additional details.

As soon as possible after completion of each “block” of classes results and judges score sheets are available for inspection at the show office.

In closing

Riders are encouraged to become familiar with the referenced sections and other applicable sections of the NRCHA Rule Book available under “Resources” at