Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horses

Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horses

Three horses from two Ranching Heritage Breeders earn extra awards at NCHA Futurity.

Boyd Rice cuts a cow during the 2009 AQHA World Show senior cutting prelims aboard Sophisticated Catt. (Credit: Journal)

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Three horses competing at the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity earned extra awards because they were AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses. 

The horses include:

  • Open: CR Tuff Diggin Cat, 2016 black mare (Woody Be Tuff-Cat Digs Lucinda by High Brow Cat), bred and owned by Center Ranch of Centerville, Texas.
  •  Non-Pro: Tuff Catty Dual, 2016 chestnut gelding (Woody Be Tuff-ARC Catty Dual by Dual Pep), bred by Center Ranch of Centerville, Texas, and owned by Erin Russell of Fort Worth, Texas. 
  •  Amateur: Faithfulness, a 2016 sorrel mare (Metallic Cat-Smart Crackin Chic by Smart Chic Olena), bred by Singleton Ranches of Lamy,  New Mexico, and owned by Trey Fricke of Frisco, Texas (now owned by Slate River Ranch). 

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. 

Each of these winning owners will receive a $250 cash prize and a specially designed ranch horse trophy for the win, and their breeders will also earn $250. 

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