Ranching Heritage-Bred Winner

Ranching Heritage-Bred Winner

Gem Of A Hickoryboon wins a Ranching Heritage-bred award at Colorado State 4-H Show.

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The 8-year-old bay mare Gem Of A Hickoryboon was the highest-placed AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horse at the Colorado State 4-H Horse Show, which was August 22-25 in Pueblo, Colorado. The award was presented to the mare’s owner, Kirsten Ane Wood of Weldona, Colorado.

The award is given to the top-placing Ranching Heritage-bred horse, with the tie-breaker going to the horse that defeats the most horses. 

Ranching Heritage-bred horses are horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. Anyone can show these horses, which are eligible for special events such as AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges.  

The AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder program spotlights the quality horses produced by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. The program is designed to showcase the qualities of a working ranch horse by recognizing the top Ranching Heritage-bred horses competing at major events.

Kirsten acquired the mare in 2015, and has qualified for the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show in both reining and ranch riding, and was a Level 2 finalist in the latter class in 2018. 

Gem Of A Hickoryboon was bred by AQHA President Stan Weaver and his wife, Nancy, on their Weaver Quarter Horses in Big Sandy, Montana. The mare is by the Peptoboonsmal stallion Merada Ima Boonsmal and is out of the High Brow Hickory mare Jewel Of A Hickory. 

For winning this award, Kirsten received a trophy and $250. The Weavers, as the breeders, also received a $250 bonus. 

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