Year End Awards


The points race began after our 2020 World Finals Event and will culminate at the RSOA 2021 World Finals in Bryan, Texas November 11-14, 2021. The following guidelines apply, and may change or be amended from time to time:



In order to compete at the 2021 World Finals Event, or compete for the year end prizes and compete in the World Finals, riders must have 1) competed in at least 4 different RSOA sanctioned events, riding a minimum of 6 rides per event; OR 2) competed in at least 3 different RSOA Events riding a minimum of 50 rides total.  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.  


 High point prizes will be awarded to the top 5 high point winner of the following divisions. ​

  • 1 Rated Riders

  • 2 Rated Riders

  • 3 Rated Riders

  • 4 Rated Riders

  • 5-9 Rated Riders  

  • Youth               

  • Legends         

  • Circus Sort         

  • Team Penning

The 9 high point RSOA Champions will each receive a custom Double J Trophy Saddle.  These are not your typical trophy saddles.  Each winner will design his or her own saddle.  Winners choose size, type, color, tooling, conchos, stirrups, and every aspect of their saddle.  Winners can even bring their horse in for a custom fitting.  You cannot beat the quality of a Custom Double J Saddle!

Additionally all #1 rated riders and #2 rated Riders that have met the requirements that finish in the top 10 places in their division will receive a 2021 World Finalists Buckle and a Worlds Finalist patch.  There are no restrictions on the Top 10 finishers.  All 10 qualified riders will receive the 2021 World Finalists Buckle and a 2021 World Finalist patch.



  • 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 largest number of points. 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 in the same place in 2 divisions then the division with the highest 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 6-9 rated riders division  with 250 points, then the rider would receive the trophy saddle for the RSOA 6-9 rated riders division and no prize for the  Legends division

  • The National Finals Competition shall be a double point’s 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 20 points not 40 points. 

There will only be one class for the Legends and Circus Sort at the World Finals Event.



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

  • Points for every class will count towards the Division Points with the exception of the Youth Penning, and Legends.

  • Youth points will accumulate from the following classes throughout the year.  

  • Youth Sorting AND Youth Penning Classes 

  • Sorting classes with a team limit of 6 or lower (IE #6 sort, #4 sort) 

  • Sorting Classes with a limit for the sorter of 2 or below (IE #10 Beginner Ranch Hand 11/2 (2 cap on the sorter) ) 


Riders ratings may be moved up or down based on several factors, the most important being their win: loss ratio.  No rider (with the exception of newer or low volume riders and others previously noted) will be moved up or down 150 days prior to the RSOA National Finals Event.  

Should a rider move from one division to another, the rider shall transfer only those 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


Rule Changes : Rules may be amended from time to time at the sole discretion of the Association.  


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