The East Coast Stock Horse Association offers a family friendly, affordable, fun environment to promote the versatility of the stock horse and is open to ALL horse breeds.

The Association's desire is to showcase stock horses of all breeds and their riders. We offer several sanctioned shows each year, schooling shows, and one benefit fun show. Contestants qualify for year end awards by competing in three or more sanctioned shows during the show year. ECSHA offers Open, Amateur, Limited Amateur, Youth, Limited Youth, and Greenhorn classes at every show.

The ECSHA is now in its ninth year of operation. We continue to grow each year and listen to our members in order to provide them with the shows that benefit the contestants and their horses. Each sanctioned ECSHA show runs concurrently with an AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse show. See the Class Descriptions page for a list of classes.

The East Coast Stock Horse Association is an outreach organization of Horsemen’s International Ministry, and a founding member of the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance. You can read more about the NRSHA below.

The ECSHA recognizes that hosting shows and running the association is not possible without the help of our members. At the end of each show season, in an effort to recognize the member that contributed the most during that year, the association presents the Ranch Hand of the Year award. Additional details and the list of past Ranch Hands of the Year can be found here.

National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance Introduced

National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance

In an effort to work together with like-minded groups across the country, partnering organizations make up the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance (NRSHA). The alliance was developed to preserve and promote ranching traditions and heritage through competitive ranch and stock horse events, highlighting the versatility of the ranch and stock horse including its innate ability to handle livestock, on a national level.

The ECSHA is one of the founding member assocations of this alliance, along with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), National Versatility Ranch Horse Association (NVRHA), Oklahoma Stock Horse Association (OkSHA), Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX), and Western States Versatility Ranch Horse Association (WSVRHA). With several regional ranch and stock horse associations in existence, the group felt a unified presence on a national level was important.

NRSHA has a strategic marketing alliance with AQHA. That means ECSHA will turn in major awards and earnings to AQHA so that accomplishments by registered American Quarter Horses will be placed on the horse's permanent show records with AQHA.

The partnering associations will continue to host competitions with their own rules and divisions, and come together for the NRSHA National Championship Show each June, held in conjunction with the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show in Guthrie, Okla. Five events are offered – ranch cutting, cow work, ranch trail, ranch reining and ranch riding. If you compete in three or more ECSHA or other NRSHA partner assocation shows in the all-around or individual classes, you are QUALIFIED for the National Championship Show!

Additional information on the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance can be found at

Take a look at the NRSHA promo video.

A huge thanks to all of you who have helped make this association grow!

East Coast Stock Horse Association

Many Thanks to our sponsors! Our shows are made possible through your generous donations!

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