Treasure Valley Community College

 Stock Horse Team  

About Us:

TVCC Stock Horse Team practices and competes in ASHA Stock Horse Shows, as well as hosts their own Performance Horse Series.  The focus of the TVCC Stock Horse Team is to take the material learned from classes, build on it through scheduled practices and apply it to ASHA Stock Horse competitions.     

TVCC Stock Horse Team is coached by Wade Black and Adjunct instructor Cami Olsen.  Wade works in his classes to set a basic foundation for kids and horses to show a horse in a performance horse sale.  Cami then fine tunes this foundation through evening practices to prepare students to compete in Stock Horse competitions.  

To be eligible to compete in Stock Horse competitions.  Students must: 

   -  Maintain a 2:5 GPA
   -  Attend scheduled practices and meetings  
   -  Keep up on livestock center responsibilities  
   -  Obtain an ASHA membership
   -  Participate in fund raising activities to help cover expenses to travel and
       compete in stock horse shows.    

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ASHA Collegiate Program Goals 

          1) To promote education of horsemen in the safety, care and training of the versatile                       stock horse. 

          2) To enhance the education of college students interested in the versatile stock horse.              3) To use the horse as a means to teach students how to represent themselves with                      responsibility, character and teamwork.

American Stock Horse Association 
     Collegiate Program (From the ASHA 2015 Rule Book) 

A)  In order to achieve the American Stock Horse Association goals.  Colleges and Universities in the United States will be encouraged to gain approval to offer stock horse horsemanship classes, provide students instruction on riding and training a versatile stock horse, ASHA classes, and be encouraged to participate in ASHA approved events and competitions. Colleges and Universities will be encouraged to select and recognize official college or university stock horse teams to represent them in ASHA Collegiate Competitions. Colleges and Universities will also be allowed to certify Individual Collegiate students to enter as Page. In order to compete in ASHA Collegiate Stock Horse Competitions, each student must be a current ASHA member and their horse must have an ASHA Competition License. 

              1) Collegiate teams will compete in three divisions of an ASHA Collegiate Show:                           Open/Non-Pro, Limited Non Pro and Novice 

              2) Individual Collegiate Members may also compete in an ASHA Collegiate Show in                      these divisions 

              3) A college or university may enter more than one team and an unlimited number                          of individuals in ASHA Collegiate competitions. 

              4) ASHA Collegiate Stock Horse Teams and Collegiate Individuals must meet the                          following eligibility requirements: 

                          a.Undergraduates must be enrolled in a minimum of 10 hours of classes and                                 graduate students in a minimum of 9 hours. Graduating students may                                         enroll in fewer hours during the semester of graduation. 

                          b. Students must be in good academic standing with their school. 

                          c. Students will be limited to 4 years of collegiate eligibility to compete,                                            including both graduate and undergraduate years. 

                          d. Any questions or disputes about eligibility should be directed to the                                              Collegiate Committee of the ASHA Board of Directors. 

               5) ASHA Collegiate Members Eligibility for Divisions 

                    Any college or university student who can furnish proof of meeting the eligibility                         requirements may compete in an ASHA Collegiate show whether their college                           has a team or not. Collegiate students must present their current ASHA                                       Collegiate membership card or present documentation of their collegiate status                           and academic standing to the secretary of the show at time of entry. Coaches                            may certify students on their membership forms if the student has a college                                coach. An applicant for a Collegiate membership should accurately mark the                              ASHA divisions - Open, Non-Pro, and Novice for which they are eligible.                                      Coaches must abide by these eligibility requirements when placing Collegiate                            members on a team. Students who have won any High Point or Reserve High                            Point award at an ASHA Special Collegiate Team Tournament in the Novice                                division, will not be eligible to ride in the Novice Division the following year. 

B. In order to achieve these goals, ASHA will provide leadership and coordination and publicize the ASHA Collegiate program, approve clinics and competitions and keep ASHA Collegiate Show Results in the Official ASHA Records and on the ASHA website. 

                  1.) Collegiate Competitions 

                         a.) ASHA will approve official ASHA Collegiate Shows that will be open to                                       collegiate members only and that will offer an ASHA Collegiate Stock                                       Horse Team Competition 

                         b.) ASHA will approve special ASHA College Team Tournaments as may be                                 decided by participating coaches and the ASHA Collegiate Committee with                                special awards. Special Collegiate Team Tournament Competitions will                                        not count for Regional Team Awards. Special conditions may alter the                                          number of team members and the specific division(s) offered. 

                         c.) ASHA may also approve an official ASHA Collegiate Show within a regular                              ASHA competition. These will count as a separate show and must be                                        approved, announced and publicized as such. At these Collegiate shows                                    within a regular show, the Collegiate divisions of Non Pro, LTD Non Pro                                      and Novice must be offered. No Open Collegiate Riders will be allowed to                                  show in the Collegiate Division at a regular ASHA Show or Collegiate                                          points kept for this rider, but this open rider may show as an individual in                                     the regular ASHA show Open or Green Horse Division with all required                                      fees. Collegiate points will be awarded based on the number of collegiate                                    competitors in each division and collegiate exhibitors will be eligible for                                        individual Collegiate Show awards. 

About American Stock Horse Association 

   The original organizers saw problems developing in the horse industry that, in their opinion, was not beneficial for the industry.  These founders viewed the trend of emphasizing specialized horses was replacing the versatility of the horses in the past. Rider skills were also becoming specialized, relating only to a single discipline or event. There was not a link between a truly well-trained horse and the versatile horse that could perform many tasks. These organizers also recognized a need for affordable education for the many horsemen who wanted to learn to ride better horses, but their situation or location prevented them the opportunity.

The idea of having a clinic preceding every competition has proven successful. It meets the need for providing affordable, standardized western stock horse riding and training clinics that are fun and challenging. Having a competition the following day helps riders evaluate their progress. ASHA is relatively young as a national organization; but its programs including philosophy, educational methods, and competitions have been well tested in Texas before offering the program nationwide. The philosophy of how to measure the worth of a good stock or ranch horse and how to teach the skills is so sound and well accepted that national demand has led to the formation of ASHA. This type of non-traditional horse competition activity has experienced unparalleled growth in the past few years.

Stock Horse Events 


   - Score Sheets 

The stock horse pleasure class as designed and run by ASHA is completely unique. This may be the most important class offered because a good stock horse must be functional and a pleasure to ride. Probably the most important job a stock horse has to perform is to be a means of transportation to get from one task to another.


The cow horse class is pointed and judged in a more realistic manner than many of the other cow horse classes offered. The option of either roping or circling is unique and very necessary.  Having the option of either roping or circling allows the good roping horse to be showcased, but also allows the non-roper a chance to own a good cow horse. Being able to control a cow without roping is a science as old as roping itself


   - Score Sheets 

The reining class is separate from the cow horse class. This is by design and is important because some good ranch horses will work a cow very well, but are not good at all of the specific maneuvers required by a reining horse. By the same token some good reining horses may not work a cow very well. A horse’s past experience and training may allow them to compete well in one class while learning to also do the other class well.

The trail class attempts to measure the ability of a horse to handle different stock farm or ranch chores. ASHA obstacles are common sense, everyday encounters and the class is held on natural terrain where possible. e to edit text