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AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge

Smart Ladies Sparkle tops the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at Pueblo.

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The ranch-horse show at the Colorado State Fair, held August 28-29 at the state fairgrounds in Pueblo, is a fine place to be. The facility itself has a lot of history and atmosphere, easy access to a funnel cake at the next-door midway – and a top-quality horse show. This year the fair combined an AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse show and other ranch-horse classes with a full slate of AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge classes, including team roping and barrel racing.

The WR This Cats Smart mare Smart Ladies Sparkle proved best in the 4-year-old working ranch horse class. Ridden by Matt Koch for owner Myra Koch, the sorrel mare marked a 295.5 and earned $2,125.

Smart Ladies Sparkle was bred by AQHA Best Remuda winner Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC of Douglas, Wyoming, and is out of the Shining Spark mare Shiners Diamond Lady. The 4-year-old has already earned $4,793 in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition, and she is a full sister to Shiners Diamond Cat, who has earned $125,932 in NRCHA competition and a win in the 2018 NRCHA Derby.

The pair also won the January AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Ft. Worth Stock Show. 

Finishing second was Kyle Trahern and Peptos LLC’s Peptos Stylin Time (One Time Pepto-Stylin Jewel by Docs Stylish Oak), a red roan stallion bred by Hanging H Ranch LLC. They earned $1,275 for the effort.

In the limited 4-year-old working ranch horse, Jason Perry rode the top two finishers, both homebreds owned by Don Perry of Leoti, Kansas. Whiskey In The Milo was the winner, earning $1,080. The buckskin stallion is by Berry Skyfire 7616 and out of the Docs Mighty Milo mare Docs Butter Milo.

Pistol Cat Boon (Cats Royal Boon-Foxy Lady Skyfire by Berry Skyfire 7616) was second, earning $720.

The Koch family had a great show, as Matt also took the top two spots in 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class.

World champion Opus Cat Olena marked a 297 and earned another $1,170 for owner Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska.

The 5-year-old stallion was bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock and is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Opus Chic. He was the 2018 junior working cow horse world champion and has NRCHA earnings of more than $60,000.

In second was Smart And Driven (WR This Cats Smart-Purpose Driven by Peptoboonsmal), who earned $780 for owner Kristy Kay Miller of Tryon, Nebraska. The gelding was bred by Cowan Select Horses LLC of Havre, Montana.

The 5-year-old gelding Kalahari Moonshine won limited 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse with Kathy Torres aboard, earning $870.

Bred by the Amy Doris Bell Estate of Midland, Texas, he is owned by the Bar 4 Ranch LLC of San Mateo, California. He is by Cats Merada and out of the Dual Rey mare Reylena Moon.

Gary Watt was second aboard his own Four Lace (Busy Haidin-Four Roan Lace by Figure Four Fritz), picking up $580. The 5-year-old mare was bred by AQHA Best Remuda-winning Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.

Watt wheeled back in the cowboy class to win with Preferred Pepto, picking up a check for $2,150. The red roan stallion, bred and owned by Gary’s daughter, Jacelyn Watt of Scotia, Nebraska, is by Lenas Lil Boon and out of the Preferred Pay mare Angels Preferred.

Not to be outdone by husband Matt, Brianna Koch rode This Cats Sinful to win amateur working ranch horse class, bringing in $1,320. This Cats Sinful is a 7-year-old mare bred by Cowan Select Horses LLC and is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Freckles Playboy mare Sinful Playgirl.

Just behind Brianna was Amy Bailey of Sparta, Tennessee, aboard Electra Tuff (Woody Be Tuff-Electras Boots by Doc O Boots), a 7-year-old gelding bred by the AQHA Best Remuda-winning W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas.

Winning the Level 1 amateur working ranch horse was Edgar De Jong of Muskegon, Michigan, riding his own Automatic Stik. The 5-year-old gelding was bred by AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, and is by Chica Shine and out of the world champion Smart Whiskey Doc mare Black Hope Stik.

Meredith Lubbock of Amarillo, Texas, won limited amateur working ranch horse aboard SRC Dualinforjewels, marking a 289 and earning $465.

The 12-year-old gelding, bred by AQHA Best Remuda-winning Singleton Ranches, is by Dualwithme and out of the Docs My Tio mare SCR Sonita Doc.

Cheri Kraft of Fort Collins, Colorado, finished second and third in the class with only a half point difference in her runs. She was second on T Tari Freckles (Tari Pines For You-Joses Freckle Girl by Smokin Jose) and third with River Kiss (WR This Cats Smart-Quanahs Kiss by Quanah O Lena).

In the Level 1 limited amateur working ranch horse division, Cheri was first and second with her two horses.

T Tari Freckles was bred by AQHA Past President Robert C. Norris of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 2007 gelding has NRCHA earnings of more than $13,000.

 River Kiss is a 10-year-old mare bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC.

Winning both the limited youth working ranch horse and Level 1 limited youth working ranch horse classes was Gallos Smokin Tari and Emma Ariana Alvey. She picked up $60 for each of the class wins. Emma is based in Payton, Colorado, and rides the 7-year-old gelding bred by Robert Norris. The gelding is by Mr Gallo Del Cielo and out of the Tari Pines For You mare Cynthia Pines Too.

Finishing second in both of the classes was River Kiss and Tyler Kraft.

Kathy Torres and Kalahari Moonshine also won open ranch riding, earning $378.

Sara Gugelmeyer of Dalhart, Texas, rode her own Moonstruck Remedy (Moonstruck Pepto-MH Clays Cash by I CD Cow) to earn second and $315. The 2015 gelding was bred by Mike Carney Jr. and Jasper Scribner of El Dorado, Kansas.

Sara also picked up the win in amateur ranch riding, winning with OTP Rio, a horse owned by her husband, Jeremy. She picked up $432 for the win. OTP Rio is an 8-year-old gelding by One Time Pepto and out of the Doc’s Hickory mare Hickorys Tornado Rio. The horse was bred by Dan Churchill of Moline, Illinois, and has more than $9,700 in NRCHA earnings.

Meg Griffith-Ralston of Silt, Colorado, was second with Cats Royal Bandit (Cats Royal Boon-Mac San Docs Dianne by Lucky Mac San), and earned $345. This 4-year-old gelding is another horse bred by Don Perry.

Tabatha Smith and Isayo Docs My Alibi rocketed to a win the open barrel race, earning $390. They also won amateur barrel racing for an additional $360.

The Arivaca, Arizona-based rider is also the horse’s owner and breeder. The 2013 red roan is by Little Shining Sun and out of the Bob Acre Doc mare Bob Acre Girl.

Kalahari Moonshine and Kathy Torres – a pair that also picked up checks in the working ranch horse and ranch riding – were second, earning $260.

Rawhide Train (A Dandy Rawhide-Shadows Train by A Night Train) and Corinne Atteberry were second in amateur barrel racing, earning $240. The 2012 mare was bred by G.M. Jones of Watrous, New Mexico.

Parker Ralston borrowed his mom’s Cats Royal Bandit to win youth barrel racing, earning $40. He also won youth team roping with the horse.

Calvin Gugelmeyer of Dalhart, Texas, was second in youth barrel racing aboard Hal Of A Dawg (Wild Haired Cat-Moondawgs Mate by Smart Mate), a Dan Churchill-bred gelding.

J.D. Wing cleaned up the top two spots in open team roping with Robert C. Norris’ homebred horses, winner Ms Marlboro and second-place finisher Cowtown Jezzy. Ms Marlboro is by Gallo Poco Cross and out of the Tari Pines For You mare Charmin Pico Cross. The 4-year-old gray mare earned $900 for the win. Cowtown Jezzy (Cowtowns Cat-Taris Other Jezzy by Tari Pines For You) is a 2013 mare and earned $600.

>Donald Bogle of Dexter, New Mexico, rode his homebred CJ Red Man to win amateur team roping, earning $800. The 12-year-old gelding is by CJ Goldrush and out of the Docen Colonel mare Four Lakes Lady 100.

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