Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horses

Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horses

Four horses earn extra year-end awards in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition.

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Four horses competing in National Reined Cow Horse Association competitions have earned extra year-end awards because they were Ranching Heritage-bred horses. 

The horses include:

  • Open Bridle: Cuttin Wright Up, a 2011 bay gelding by Hes Wright On and out of the Quejanaisalena mare Isabellena. He was bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner of Ashland, Kansas, and is owned by David Beckett of Cody, Wyoming.
  • Non-Pro Bridle: Electra Tuff, a 2012 sorrel gelding by Woody Be Tuff and out of the Doc O Boots mare Electras Boots. He was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas, and is owned by Paul and Amy Bailey of Sparta, Tennessee. 
  • Intermediate Non-Pro Bridle: TI Smokum Plain Chic, a 2008 chestnut gelding by Smart Smokum Chic and out of the Just Plain Colonel mare Just Plain Bop. He was bred by Kenneth G. Jones of Lamoille, Nevada, and is owned by Tom Lane or Andrea Otley of Adel, Oregon.
  • Youth Bridle: Pepe Le Wright, a 2012 bay gelding by Hes Wright On and out of the Soula Jule Star mare Soula Jule Forever. He was bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner of Ashland, Kansas, and is owned by Kylie Haskins of Clements, California. 

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 year-end 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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