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Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Winner

Boots Be Tuff earns Top Ranching Heritage-Bred award in year-end Stock Horse of Texas competition.

A sorrel horse with a male rider canters across a grassy field with a pond in the background. PHOTO - Shane Rux Photography

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The talented and consistent blond sorrel gelding Boots Be Tuff adds another bullet point to his extensive resume, as he earned the Top Ranching Heritage-bred award in Stock Horse of Texas competition with his owner and rider Larry Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

Foaled in 2010, Boots Be Tuff was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate and is by Woody Be Tuff and out of the Doc O Boots mare Pretty Poco Boots. He has been a finalist at both the AQHA Select World Championship Show presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan) and Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.  

Stock Horse of Texas is a versatility ranch horse organization based in Texas. A member of the National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance, their motto is “helping people ride a better horse.” The majority of their events pair a clinic with a competition. 

In 2019, Boots Be Tuff and Walker topped the limited non pro division with 568 points, 120 points more than his nearest rival. 

Walker’s granddaughter, world champion Catelyn Walker, won the youth division with her mare Do It Classy, which tied for the Top Ranching Heritage-Bred award; however, Larry won the tie-breaker as he defeated a larger group of people. 

The AQHA Ranching Heritage program highlights ranches that are certified as AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. These working cattle ranches produce quality horses needed to work on the ranch. 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. 

The awards are given to the top-placing Ranching Heritage-bred horse in each division, with the tie-breaker going to the horse that defeats the most horses. Anyone can show these horses, which are eligible for special events such as AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges. 

Walker will receive a $250 cash prize and a specially designed ranch horse trophy for the win, and breeder W.T. Waggoner Estate will also earn $250. 

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