Battle For the Saddle Guidelines


Trophy Saddles Awarded

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The Battle for the Saddle began at our Christmas Sort at Nueces Canyon show and will culminate at the RSOA 2020 World Finals in  Bryan, Texas November 13-15, 2020. The following guidelines apply, and may change or be amended from time to time:

  • In order to compete for the year end prizes, riders must have competed in at least 4 different RSOA sanctioned events, riding a minimum of 6 rides per event.  Riders must be present at the Finals Event, riding a minimum of 8 rides at the finals event to be eligible for year end awards.  

  • Each high point winner is eligible for only one high point award.  

    • Should a rider place within the top 5 in two different categories then he/she will receive the award with the highest ranking. IE if a rider places third in the youth division and first in the 3 rated rider division, then that rider would receive the saddle for first place in the 3 rated rider division, and no prize for the youth division.

    • If a rider were to place the in the same place in 2 divisions then the division with the lowest number of points will take precedence.  IE if a rider placed first in the RSOA Legends division (over 50) with 64 points and first in the 7-9 rated riders division  with 250 points, then the rider would receive the trophy saddle for the Legends division and no prize for the RSOA 7-9 rated riders division.  

  • The National Finals Competition shall be a double points show for all classes with less than 100 teams.  For classes with 100 teams of over the points will remain the same.  IE if there is a class of 120 teams the winner of the class will receive 18 points not 36 points.  

  • Points for every class will count towards the Division Points with the exception of the Youth and Legends.  These classes points do not count towards Division Points because all riders are not eligible to ride these classes.  

  • Points for every class a youth rides will count towards the Youth Division

  • Riders may be moved up or down within the divisions based on several factors, the most important being their win: loss ratio.  No rider (with the exception of newer riders) will be moved up or down 60 days prior to the RSOA National Finals Event.  

  • Should a rider move from one division to another, the rider shall transfer the  points accumulated up to the amount equal to the number of points the current first place holder in the new division has accumulated.  IE if a rider is moved from the 2 division to the 3 division, and

    • has accumulated 210 points​, and

    • the leader of the 3 division has accumulated 195 points

    • then the rider transferring to the 3 division shall transfer only 195 points

  • Points are accumulated in the following manner (with double points under 100 teams at the finals)