Ranching Heritage Challenge

Ranching Heritage Challenge

Montana's NILE hosts a rich Ranching Heritage Challenge at its 2020 event.

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By Andrea Caudill


A $15,000-added AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge kicked off during the Northern International Livestock Exposition in Billings, Montana, on October 12-13. 

Winning the 4-year-old working ranch horse was Stetson Ostrander with BOXO Palo Chic

Finishing second was Tiny Lil Nic (Wind Her Up Nic-Playin Tricks by Playguns Lil Star) with Jonah Deines aboard. 

BOXO Palo Chic is a palomino mare by Palo Duro Cat and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Freckles O Chic, bred by his family’s Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska. They earned $1,803 for the win. 

Stetson also rode the palomino mare to win the amateur working ranch horse class, earning another $1,047. 

Capturing the limited 4-year-old working ranch horse was The Smooth Guy and Alexa Jade Coniglione, earnings $890.50. 

The Smooth Guy is a palomino stallion by Peppys Smooth Cat and out of the Romeo White Feathers mare Surefine Feathers, bred  and owned by Allen Munger of Brockway, Montana. 

Finishing second was Paul Van Dyke aboard Blue Blood Lobo (SDP Blue Blood-Lobo Sail A Way Lady by Docs Croton Lobo). 

Shorty Gets Down and John Branger got up to win the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class, winning a check worth $978.

The 5-year-old bay gelding is by Nics Black Diamond and out of the Peppy Plays For Cash mare CR Peppys Shorty, bred and owned by Cowan Select Horses LLC. 

Finishing second was Whiskey N Gunfire (DMAC Fireplug-Scramblin Sugar by Sons Sugar O Doc) with Travis Young aboard. 

In the limited division of the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class, PR Shines Best Cat proved the best with owner Dean Barent aboard. They picked up $682 for the win. 

The 5-year-old red dun gelding bred by Mark and Debra Pieper is by Shiner Smart Cat and out of the Mr Sun O Lena mare Raise The Best. 

Bryan Lee was second in the class aboard Diamonds At Sunrise (Docs Croton Lobo-Watch This Sunrise by Sunrise Enterprise). 

In the cowboy working ranch horse, Dawn Martin guided her family’s homebred JS Doc Full A Pep to win a check worth $1,095. 

The 2013 buckskin mare is by Docz Coy Bandit and out of JS Peptos Full A Pep by Peptos Golden Cowboy. 
Second was Gunners Aged Whiskey (Playgun Hasa Shotgun-Mambos Sugar Whiskey by Paddys Sugar Whiskey) and Lyle Mitchell. 

Winning the Level 1 amateur working ranch horse was Jori Skaggs and Smokum Freckles, a 2014 sorrel gelding by Mr Sun O Freckles and out of the Smokums Prize mare Miss Smokums Prize. The horse, bred by Bond Ranch, earned $200 for that placing. 

JS Uniquely Yours (Two D Driftwood-CB Sabre Mist by CB Docs Drifter) and Dawn Martin were second in the class. 

Travis Young and Whiskey N Gunfire returned to win the open ranch riding with a 76.5, picking up $331 for that win. 

Whiskey N Gunfire, a son of the Playgun stallion DMAC Fireplug and out of the Sons Sugar O Doc mare Scramblin Sugar, was bred by Fink Quarter Horses and is owned by Big Sky Performance Horses. 
Stetson Ostrander and BOXO Palo Chic was second.

Winning the amateur ranch riding was Dona Ramsteck and Picos Cat with a blazing 76.5 score. 

Picos Cat is a 2014 sorrel mare bred by Robert Norris and is by Cowtowns Cat and out of the Smokin Jose mare Smokin Tee Charm. They earned $296 for the win. 

In the youth ranch riding, Kiarra Kennedy guided Haida R J to win the class. 

Haida R J is a 2017 sorrel gelding by Rey Jay Boon and out of the Haidas Little Pep mare Haida Cow bred by Lavonne Westland. 

Winning the open barrel racing was True French Beauty and Sammy Ryan, earning $536. 

The 2012 black mare is by True Sparks A Flying and out of the Frenchmans Guy mare Frenchmans Beauty, and was bred and is owned by Gary and Deb Mailloux.