By Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse JournalJune 3, 2011
Above: Mike Major and Black Hope Stik won the Ranch Remuda Challenge at the 2010 Battle in the Saddle. Journal photo. Below: Mike Major wins the inaugral Project Cowboy.
A remuda is a group of working horses bred for ranch work, and AQHA has long recognized the value of a good remuda.
AQHA began the Best Remuda Award in 1992 to recognize outstanding ranches for their efforts in raising American Quarter Horses, an important tool of the trade. Pfizer Animal Health, an AQHA corporate partner, sponsors the award.
The Battle in the Saddle Ranch Remuda Challenge will offer $10,000 in added money. This competition is open to all ranches that meet the criteria of the AQHA-Pfizer Best Remuda Award, but the ranch does not have to have won the Best Remuda Award. To be eligible for the AQHA-Pfizer Best Remuda Award, a ranch must:
The Ranch Remuda Challenge will be judged on the horses’ reining ability, cow sense and roping ability. Each contestant will perform individually, first completing a reining pattern and then working and roping a single cow that’s released into the arena.
Here’s what the competition will look like:
To enter the competition, ranches must adhere to additional requirements:
For more information on the judging and scoring of the event, check out the Ranch Remuda Challenge fact sheet.
Want to learn more about the great American western-horse showdown? Visit the Battle in the Saddle website for breaking news on this action-packed event.
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