The Tennessee Stock Horse Association

Since we’re located in Tennessee, many of the organizations we feature are in Tennessee, but we hope to include information about the national organization and, as we grow, feature organizations outside our region.

The Tennessee Stock Horse Association (TnSHA) is a western riding organization focused on improving the relationship between horse and rider. With the moto “Ride a Better Horse!”, each show is preceded by a clinic to allow participants to improve their horsemanship skills.

The show format, which is encourage growth and improvement, includes four classes in which competitors perform individually:

  1. Trail
  2. Pleasure
  3. Reining
  4. Working Cow

The standardized positive scoring system is design to measure progress. Competitors may receive a zero on a specific movement or obstacle but are not disqualified. There six divisions in which a horse/rider combination can earn national points:

  1. Open
  2. Non-Pro
  3. Limited Non-Pro
  4. Novice
  5. Green Horse
  6. Youth

In addition, the TnSHA also offers an Intro division, which does not earn national points, with reduced fees to allow interested riders to try out the organization without committing to a membership and horse competition license.

TnSHA typically has four shows per year and host several clinics within the middle Tennessee area. The first event of the year is typically hosted by the MTSU Stock Horse team. The first event of this year will be the MTSU Spring Fling on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. Click here for the show entry form.

The second show will be hosted by Clearview Farms in Shelbyville, TN on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. The second two shows are tentatively scheduled for July 18 & 19 and October 3 & 4. Visit for updates and more information.

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