Ranching Heritage Challenge

Ranching Heritage Challenge

Snaffle Bit Futurity hosts Ranching Heritage Challenge that is topped by Hot Night In Rio.

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By Andrea Caudill


The $15,000-added AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge took place on October 19 at the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. Winners in all classes were awarded Classic Equine Classic Fit front boots and bell boots, sponsored by Martin Saddlery and BOXO Quarter Horses.

The Ranching Heritage 4-year-old working ranch horse winner was Hot Night In Rio, ridden by Luke Jones to a 146.5 for Kris Klingaman and Dave Albrecht.

The sorrel mare is by Cats Desire and out of the Bobs Hickory Rio mare Travalin Riostar, bred by Jeff and Sue Dawson of Dickens, Texas. Hot Night In Rio earned $1,480 for the win. 

 Finishing second was CR Justa Lil Tuff (Woody Be Tuff-Can You Handle A Lil by Smart Little Lena) and Christian Lybbert, earning $1,100.

The limited 4-year-old working ranch horse class was topped by Matthew Matusio aboard Cowboys Playin A 622, and they took home a check worth $1,100.

The sorrel mare is bred by AQHA Best Remuda winner A Bar Ranch of Claremore, Oklahoma, and is owned by Katie Jo Matusio of Calhan, Colorado. She is by Playguns San Badger and out of the Bodee Boonsmal mare MH Boon In Me. 

In the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse, Matt Koch rode Smart Ladies Sparkle to top the class and earn $1,200.

The mare is owned by Myra Koch, and is bred by AQHA Best Remuda Wagonhound Land and Livestock. She is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Shining Spark mare Shiners Diamond Lady. 

The pair also won the open ranch riding with a 76.

Koch was second in the working ranch horse class with world champion Opus Cat Olena, another Wagonhound bred owned by Box O Quarter Horses. 

In the limited division of the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class, Wanna Be A Pepto and Garrett Cooper were the best. The horse is owned and bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate and earned $800. The horse is by Pocket Fulla Pepto and out of Wanna Be Blonde, a daughter of Double My Whiskey.

Countin Reyes and Leanne Jetton were second. 

Reserve world champion Playin Motown and Ben Baldus won the 7-year-old and up working ranch horse with a 150 score, worth $1,770.

The sorrel gelding is by Mr Playinstylish and out of the Mr Peponita Flo mare Mo Flo and is owned by Catelyn M. Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief and Lee Tennison. 

World champion Shiney Outlaw was second with Jay McLaughlin aboard, earning $1,180.

Orren Koontz rode Ranch Rooster to win the cowboy working ranch horse class for owner/breeder Durrett Cattle Co.

The horse, a son of Gallo Del Cielo and out of PC Miss Smoakum by PC Fire N Smoak, brought home $1,500. 

Second and earning $1,000 was SHQR Joseph Love and Buddy Thomas.

Amy Bailey and Electra Tuff won the amateur working ranch horse, earning $1,150.

The gelding was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate and is by Woody Be Tuff and out of the Doc O Boots mare Electras Boots. 

Brianna Koch was second on Smart Ladies Sparkle. 

Abrian Bass rode Dual Holly Doc to win the Level 1 amateur working ranch horse. 

The 2014 sorrel mare is by Francis Dual and out of the Capitol Letters mare Lena J Letters. She was bred by Tom Saunders and Son of Weatherford, Texas. 

Winner of the limited amateur box-drive-box-drive and the Level 1 division of the class was Twenty Will Do, owned and ridden by Melaina Middleton.

The mare is another Waggoner Ranch-bred by Cat Man Do and out of King Tucks Miss by Poco King Tuck.

Ben Self rode Smart Kwackin Boon to the win both the youth working ranch horse and Level 1 division of the class.

Smart Kwackin Boon is owned by Birgit Self and was bred by AQHA Best Remuda winner Singleton Ranches and is by Peptoboonsmal and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Smart Crackin Chic. 

The pair also won the youth ranch riding, marking a 74 to capture that victory.

Megan Clana and Blues Wright On won the amateur ranch riding, marking a 74.5 and earning $398. 

Blues Wright On is a 2013 bay gelding by Blue Savanah Holli and out of the Lenas Wright On mare Wright On Sandy, and was bred by the Watrous Valley Ranch of Watrous, New Mexico. 

He is owned by Megan in partnership with Dean Rand.