Ranching Heritage-Bred Winner
Ranching Heritage-Bred Winner
Tripp Townsend of Earth, Texas, rode his own I Do It Smooth to win the senior class at the Ranch Horse Association of America Finals in Abilene, Texas, on May 11.
The pair not only picked up $1,212 plus prizes for that win, they tacked on a bonus prize for being the highest-placing Ranching Heritage-bred horse at the event.
For that feat, they picked up a check worth $250, plus a specially created ranch horse trophy.
The horse’s breeders, Gene and Helen Willingham of Vernon, Texas, also received a check for $250.
Ranching Heritage-bred horses are ones bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. Anyone can show these horses, which are eligible for special events such as the 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.
I Do It Smooth is a 2015 gelding by Cat Man Do and out of the WR Smooth Whiskey mare WR Smooth Lace.
Interestingly enough, the top four horses in the class were all Ranching Heritage-breds: Second-place finisher TRR Royal Gold, ridden by T.J. Robertson; third-place finisher Six Flo Cat and True Burson; and fourth-place finishers CR Smart Royal Cat and Heath Cox.
Another class winner, SCR Crackin One Time, is also a Ranching Heritage-bred and took the Cowboy Class victory with Trey Mitchell aboard. The tie-breaker rules for the award state that whomever defeats the most horses in the class earns the win, which gave the nod to I Do It Smooth.
SCR Crackin One Time is an accomplished mare working for her breeder, Best Remuda-winning Singleton Ranches of Lamy, New Mexico. She has five-figure earnings from the National Reined Cow Horse Association, Ranch Horse Association of America and AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge competition.
She is by One Time Pepto and out of the top-quality producer Smart Crackin Chic, herself a daughter of Smart Chic Olena.
For winning the Cowboy Class, she and Trey brought home $1,010.
There was also an award given to the highest-placing youth riding a Ranching Heritage-bred, and that went to Cooper McCleskey, riding TRR Highbrow Gin.
They finished fifth in the Ranch Hand class, earning $500. Cooper doubled the prize money for the horse’s owner and breeder, Best Remuda-winning operation Tongue River Ranch of Paducah, Texas. With his efforts, the ranch picked up an additional $500 as both the owner and breeder and the custom trophy for the Ranching Heritage award.
TRR Highbrow Gin is a 2010 sorrel gelding by Sixes Pick and out of the Smart Lil Highbrow mare Lil Sand Doll.
Other RHAA class winners include Whitney Hall aboard J Noble Daggett in the Wrangler class; Cory Rickard and Voo Doo The Moo in the Ranch Hand class; and Wes Housler and Mobile Deposit in the Junior class.
For complete results, visit RHAA’s website.
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