The Montana 4-H Working Ranch Horse Project is a heritage-based, activity-rich program designed to pass on to today’s youth traditional practices of safe livestock handling from horseback. This is not a rodeo project, but instead a practical and exciting opportunity for youth to use horses for handling, sorting and moving cattle. This project also teaches mounted roping skills as a humane and useful livestock handling tool as well as branding techniques, housing and care of cattle and horses. Like all 4-H projects, Working Ranch Horse members will develop the qualities of leadership and responsibility that come with being engaged in4-H. In today’s world, managing cattle from horseback is a disappearing tradition. Ranches are increasingly automated, using four-wheelers and other machines instead of horses. Many of the skills once learned for necessity are being lost. The 4-H Working Ranch Horse Program is designed to teach and preserve the age-old skills and traditions.

Working Ranch Horse Finals

August 24-25, 2019 at King's Arena* in Great Falls

Friday, 23 August 4:00 pm Onsite check-in; stalls open
Saturday, 24 August 7:00 am Arenas open for warm-up
  7:00 am Onsite check-in opens
  8:00 am Judge's clinic
  10:00 am Exhibitor's meeting
  10:30 am 4-H Show starts 
  5:30 pm Awards ceremony
Sunday, 25 August 7:00 am Arenas open for warm-up
  8:00 am Cowboy Church
  8:30 am Open Show starts
  4:00 pm Awards ceremony


*Stall information: There are 31 indoor stalls available. Stalls are reserved by a first-register and pay basis. Indoor stalls come with one bag of shavings. No outside shavings will be allowed. Extra shavings may be purchased onsite.



(Late registration fee of $20 has been waived!) 

Registration closes on 19 August (NO exceptions!). There are two registration options:

  1. Register and pay online with debit or credit card through Fair Entry, OR
  2. Submit a paper registration and pay by check. 

Here's how to register and pay online using Fair Entry

  1. Visit Fair Entry to begin the registration process.  
  2. Log in using your 4-H Onine username and password. 
  3. Register exhibitor(s) and horse(s) for various classes. 

Are you new to Fair Entry or do you have questions?  Fair Entry has created some helpful guides and short video clips to walk you through the registration process.  If you have additional questions or need other help with registration, please contact your local Extension Agent or Montana 4-H staff: Renee at 406.994.6241 or Anne at 406.994.3501. 

Here's how to register with the paper form and pay by check

  1. Download the paper registration form. Complete and submit one set for each exhibitor.
  2. Mail registration form(s) to the Montana 4-H Center (address below) with your check payment. 

Montana 4-H Center

Attn: Ranch Horse Finals

PO Box 173580

Bozeman, MT 59717 


For more information regarding this program please contact Dr. Renee Gebault King.