The Reined Cowhorse
The Old West created the stock horse, demanding a tough, enduring animal that could go for miles and herd the vast numbers of cattle in a bygone era. Not only was an athletic horse required, but one that could be completely trained in carrying out the everyday tasks of ranch life.
A Little About Who We Are
We aim to be the best at what we are in Alberta, a friendly, supportive organization dedicated to introducing the Western Reined Cow Horse competitor to the show arena.
We aim to provide professionally run shows balanced between camaraderie and competitiveness.
We aim to encourage skill development in reining, cutting, stock horse and judging, through a variety of expert guided training experiences.
We aim to inspire an atmosphere where individuals can compete, have fun, develop relationships and encourage each other to new successes.
One of Canada’s most dynamic and exciting western horse organizations! ARCHA is a group of dedicated people aiming to improve the quality of the western stock horse, and perpetuate the early Spanish – old west – traditions of highly skilled and trained working cow horses. ARCHA promotes cow horse events and enables the arena for showcasing the trained cow horses of the Western horsemen and women.
Since 1981, ARCHA has maintained the tradition of showing, promoting, training and breeding of the desirable working cow horse by hosting many competitions in Western Canada.
These competitions offer beginner to advanced riders a variety of classes in which to choose from that give the participant a chance to enjoy and compete in an event with people at a similar training level and ability.
Thus a horse and rider may compete in as many events as they are qualified to participate in. Each year the ARCHA hosts a number of competitions for the reined cow horse. All ages of horses, all cow horse disciplines and riders of all levels of expertise compete.
There are currently 190 active members within the association made up of youth, adult and senior western equine enthusiasts. Skill levels range from the beginner to the professional.
BE PART OF THE CLUB
A current ARCHA membership is required to participate in any event, clinic or show. Please ensure that your membership is up to date before showing.
YOUR GREATNESS IS NOT WHAT YOU HAVE, IT'S WHAT YOU GIVE.
As a non-profit volunteer run organization, we are powered by our people!
If you are willing to donate some of your time at a clinic, show, event, or behind the scenes; we would be SO GRATEFUL!