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Ranching Heritage Challenge

Smart Ladies Sparkle wins a third Ranching Heritage Challenge. 

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By Andrea Caudill

Trainer Matt Koch had a great Snaffle Bit Futurity.

The event, hosted by the National Reined Cow Horse Association in Ft. Worth, Texas, was October 4-19, and saw the Colorado-based horseman ride Hesa Dual Bet and Seven S Reyzor to fifth- and sixth-place finishes, respectively in the open division. 

The latter horse, who also marked the high score of 228 in the finals cow work, was one of four horses among the Top 10 that were Ranching Heritage-bred horses. The others were Annies One Time (third), Fabulous Fletch (fourth) and This Autumn Cat (tenth), and they earned more than $181,000 combined for their connections. 

Koch was a winner elsewhere during the Snaffle Bit celebration, namely winning several classes during the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge held during the event. 

$2,500-Added 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse

Koch rode Myra Koch’s Smart Ladies Sparkle to win their third 4-year-old  Ranching Heritage Challenge class of the year.  

For this win, they earned $1,625. They also won the class held at the Ft. Worth Stock Show and the Colorado State Fair, and have accumulated more than $18,000 in National Reined Cow Horse Association earnings. 

Smart Ladies Sparkle was bred by AQHA Best Remuda winner Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC of Douglas, Wyoming, and is by leading sire WR This Cats Smart and out of the Shining Spark mare Shiners Diamond Lady.

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.

Finishing second was Roger Bias aboard Anna Rippy’s Kitty Shines (Metallic Cat-Smart And Shining by Smart Gold Zan). The Billy Cogdell-bred mare earned $975 for the placing. 

$1,000-Added Limited 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse

Shawn Holden rode M-Heart Corp’s Spoonfuls Snap Shot to capture the limited class, earning a solid $1,100 check. 

Spoonfuls Snap Shot is a homebred for the Vinton, Louisiana-based ranch. He is by Spoonful Of Sweets and out of the Playgun mare PG Snap Shot. 

$2,500-Added 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse

Matt Koch was back to win the second of the two biggest added-money class aboard world champion Opus Cat Olena, pulling in $2,800 for owners Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska, past winners of the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year award. 

Another Wagonhound Land & Livestock-bred horse, Opus Cat Olena is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Opus Chic. The horse and rider were the 2018 junior working cow horse world champions at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show and the horse has earned more than $108,000 in NRCHA competition. 

Finishing second was Ben Baldus with reserve world champion Playin Motown (Mr Playinstylish-Mo Flo by Mr Peponita Flo), a Kit and Charlie Moncrief-bred horse owned by Catelyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas. 

$2,000-Added Cowboy Working Ranch Horse

Pete Bonds’ homebred Wrushing Downtown topped the cowboy class with Colby Hunt aboard, earning $2,125 for the win. 

The 4-year-old buckskin stallion came off the Saginaw, Texas-based ranch. His sire is the WR This Cats Smart stallion Gold Wrush, and he is out of the Bobs Freckle mare Downtown Freck. 

$2,000-Added Amateur Working Ranch Horse

Amy Bailey and Electra Tuff marked a smoking 146 to top the amateur class, earning $1,375 for the win. 

The horse was bred by AQHA Best Remuda-winning Waggoner Ranch and is by Woody Be Tuff and out of the Doc O Boots mare Electras Boots. 

The pair were bronze trophy winners in the amateur working cow horse at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show, and the horse has earned more than $44,000 in NRCHA competition. 

Kristy Kay Miller and Smart And Driven (WR This Cats Smart-Purpose Driven by Peptoboonsmal) were second, earning $825. The 4-year-old gelding was bred by Cowan Select Horses LLC and has earned more than $10,000 in competition.  

$500-Added Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse

Dual Holly Doc was the best in the Level 1 amateur working ranch horse, earning $650 with owner Abrian Harris aboard. The pair are from Cleburne, Texas. 

The sorrel mare bred by Tom Saunders and Son of Weatherford, Texas, is by Francis Dual and out of the Capitol Letters mare Lena J Letters. 
Parke Greeson was second aboard the Cowan Select Horses-bred Sinful Merada (Cats Merada-Sinful Style by Docs Stylish Oak). 

$200-Added Youth Working Ranch Horse

Gage Gardiner and Mr Stylish Cat stepped up to win the youth working ranch horse, earning $260. 

The 8-year-old gelding was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief and is owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner, and is by Mr Playinstylish and out of the High Brow Cat mare Lil Sally Cat. He has earned more than $85,000 in his career, and was twice a finalist in junior working cow horse at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. 

Level 1 Youth Working Ranch Horse

Spur Leathers rode the Burnett Ranches LLC bred-and-raised horse Rockin To Play to win the Level 1 working ranch horse, earning $90. 

The gelding is by Rockin W and out of the Playin Stylish mare Your Turn To Play. 

$1,000-Added Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse

Smart Savanah Holli posted a solid 146.5 in the limited amateur working ranch horse class and won $725 for rider and owner Calley Rae Satriana of Dona Ana, New Mexico. 

The 6-year-old mare was bred by Watrous Valley Ranch of Watrous, New Mexico, and is by Blue Savanah Holli and out of the Smart Mate mare Taffeta Ruffles. She has earned more than $8,500 in competition. 

Finishing second was the Singleton Ranch-bred SCR Dualinforjewels (Dualwithme-SCR Sonita Doc by Docs My Tio), ridden and owned by Meredith Lubbock of Amarillo, Texas, earning $435. 

$500-Added Level 1 Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse

Melania Middleton and Twenty Will Do marked a 147 to win the Level 1 limited amateur class and earn $375. 

Middleton, based in Decatur, Texas, acquired the 6-year-old mare last year. The Waggoner Ranch-bred mare is by Cat Man Do and out of the Poco King Tuck mare King Tucks Miss. 

Brittney Amber Ferguson was second aboard SCC Lilpeppyhancock (Hancocks Last Lena-Chata Bo Peep by Bobby Boy Badger), an 11-year-old gelding bred by Snodgress Cattle Co. They earned $225. 

Limited Youth Working Ranch Horse

Cruze Mode sailed to a win in the limited youth working ranch horse with Alex Rose aboard.

The Waggoner Ranch-bred gelding is owned by Kim Rose of Gallipolis, Ohio, and is by Wimpys Little Step and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Smart Lassie Chick. 

$750-Added Open Ranch Riding

Jimmy Lee Vick rode his own Hondo Playinstylish to win the open ranch riding and earn $820. 

The Vicks, via their Liberty Hill, Texas-based Prairie Point Ranch, bought the 7-year-old gelding in-utero with his mother from breeder Burnett Ranches LLC. The horse is by Mr Playinstylish and out of the Tanquery Gin mare Hondo Canyon Rose. 

Finishing second was Jecca Ostrander aboard her homebred mare Boxo Valentines Cat (Palo Duro Cat-Tracis Blue Roan by Roan Ambrose). The world champion mare was bred and raised by the Ostrander’s Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska.

$750-Added Amateur Ranch Riding

A competitive amateur class saw Darleen Wood and Cat Walks Into A Bar finish on top with a 75.5 and earnings of $330. 

Wood, based out of Goodyear, Arizona, is a multiple world champion and rode the 5-year-old gelding that she acquired last year. The horse was bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner and is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Shining Spark mare Sue C Shiner. 

Finishing second was Megan Ciana and Blues Wright On (Blue Savanah Holli-Wright On Sandy by Lenas Wright On), a Watrous Valley Ranch-bred gelding who is owned by Megan and Dean Rand and earned $275 for the placing. 

Youth Ranch Riding

With a clean go, Benjamin Self rode his family’s Smart Kwackin Boon to win the youth ranch riding with a 73 score. 

Smart Kwackin Boon is a 10-year-old sorrel mare bred by AQHA Best Remuda-winning Singleton Ranch of Lamy, New Mexico, and is by Peptoboonsmal and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Smart Crackin Chic. 

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