Ranching Heritage Challenge at SHOT World Show

The Stock Horse of Texas Derby and Futurity, Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge wrapped up final day in Abilene, Texas.

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

Kim Lindsey and Judys Ten circle up to win amateur working ranching horse at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge during the Stock Horse of Texas World Show in Abilene. (Credit: Jill J. Dunkel) Scroll down to see more photos in a slideshow.

The final day of the Stock Horse of Texas World Championship Show featured a full slate of Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge classes and the SHOT Futurity and Derby. The events paired AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses with those nominated to the futurity and derby, and several horses participated in both sides of the competition.

“We were excited to partner with AQHA to host the final Ranching Heritage competition of the year in conjunction with our events that showcase SHOT futurity and derby horses,” SHOT President Baru Spiller said November 2. “We have several SHOT members who enjoy the Ranching Heritage events, and we are happy to offer them to our membership. The two events went well together.”

Ranching Heritage Events

In the Ranching Heritage 4-year-old open class, Ty Brown and TRR Colonel Pep (Pepcid-TRR Playboys Dove by Freckles Playboy) earned $1,020 to win the division. The sorrel gelding is owned and bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Tongue River Ranch of Paducah, Texas. The 4-year-old limited open was won by True Burson on Seven Sun (Seven From Heaven-Miss May Sun by Mr Sun O Lena), owned by Burnett Ranches of Fort Worth, Texas, for a $800 check. Burson also captured the cowboy class on Burnett Ranches' Select Guns (Playgun-Select Ingredient by Tanquery Gin). 

The Ranching Heritage 5- and 6-year-old open class was won by Fielding “Bozo” Rogers and Circle Bar Cutthepay (Circle Bar Pistol-Quanahs Jewel by Quanah O Lena) to win $1,000. Six-year-old Circle Bar Cutthepay was bred by the Circle Bar Ranch of Crowell, Texas, and is owned by Bozo’s daughter Reba Rogers of San Antonio, Texas. Steve Drennan of Dickens, Texas, earned $600 for his win in the 5- and 6-year-old limited open riding his 5-year-old mare, Wares The Best (Waresthecat-Best Eighty by Eddie Eighty), bred by Burnett Ranches.

The top score in Ranching Heritage open ranch horse pleasure was earned by Sidney Dunkel of Archer City, Texas, and Bobbie Can Do (Cat Man Do-Bo Bobbie Socks by Mr Sorrel Bo), a 4-year-old gelding bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas. Dunkel earned $220 for the win.

Amateur rider Kim Lindsey of Dickens, Texas, and Judys Ten (Ten O Sea-Crows Judy by Black Chick Gold), bred by Bill and Dana Smith, captured the amateur working ranch horse division to earn $800. They also won amateur ranch pleasure. Amateur boxing was won by Jess Passell of Driftwood, Texas, and Eddies Cash (Nu Cash Cow-Eddies Woman by Eddie Eighty), winning $330. the 2009 black stallion was bred by Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. of Arthur, Nebraska.

Stetson Ostrander topped the Novice amateur ranch horse pleasure, riding homebred Boxo Heavens Firefly (SNW Heavens King-Tracis Blue Roan by Roan Ambrose). This 2009 blue roan mare is owned and bred by Jecca Ostrander of Gordon, Nebraska. Gina Sites of Burneyville, Oklahoma, and Ichi On Wraps (Cat Ichi-Rapped In Satin by Doc's Hickory), bred by EE Ranches of Dallas, won the Novice amateur boxing.

SHOT Futurity and Derby

More than $25,000 was awarded in the SHOT Futurity and Derby, where horses participated in cow horse, reining, stock horse pleasure and trail. Besting the field of 17 3-year-olds were Nocona, Texas, rider Shawn Hays and Cowgirl Starlite (CD Lights-Chics Sonata by Smart Chic Olena), owned by Justin and Heather Hoffner of Anson, Texas. Hays won the cow horse, was second in reining, fourth in trail and fifth in stock horse pleasure, earning 56 points toward the all-around futurity title and a check for $3,070. Cowgirl Starlite is a sorrel mare bred by LaBourdette Ranch of Folsom, Louisiana.

Bozo Rogers of Rhome, Texas, and Badger Me Yellow (Zero Badger Boy-TS Yellow Mindy by Ten Snips), owned by Wes and Sarah Williams of Rhome, also earned 56 points in the all-around race. However, SHOT rules stipulate the horse placing highest in the cow horse wins the tie-breaker, and in this case the SHOT Futurity championship. Rogers settled for reserve, and a payout of $2,475. The palomino gelding was bred by John R. Anderson of Gail, Texas.

Jennifer Bouse of College Station, Texas, and TAMU Jazzy Lilclancy (Chicoutmyblingbling-Laras Acre by Jazzy Little Bob) finished fourth in the open, plus won the non-pro incentive, paying out $2,113, and the $1,500 Nathan Belcher Collegiate Scholarship as the highest-placing college student. TAMU Jazzy Lilclancy is a sorrel gelding bred by the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science in College Station, Texas.

The SHOT Limited Futurity came down to the last class and yet another tie-breaker, where Brooke Davis of Mineral Wells, Texas, and TSU Dun Pepto (Perfect Pepto-Miss N Brows by High Brow Hickory) edged Brooke Wharton of Vernon, Texas, and Do It Classy (Do It Classy) for the championship. Davis earned $1,000 for the win and Wharton received $400 for reserve. TSU Dun Pepto, a red dun filly, was bred by Tartleton State University of Stephenville, Texas, and is a brown filly owned and bred by W.T. Wagonner Estate.

In the SHOT Derby, a 17-year-old youth rider topped the open standings. Ashton Dunkel of Archer City, Texas, piloted her 4-year-old gelding Boots Be Tuff (Woody Be Tuff-Pretty Poco Boots by Doc O Boots) to win the all-around and a payday of $3,897. The pair was first in stock horse pleasure, second in trail, third in reining and seventh in cow horse. Boots Be Tuff was bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate. Jay McLaughlin and Shine The Lights (CD Lights-Shiney Tari by Shining Spark), owned by Steve and Alicia Billman of Firth, Idaho, were reserve and pocketed $2,955. Shine The Lights was bred by Carol Rose and Richard Bell.

Dunkel and her sister, Sidney, riding Bobbie Can Do (Cat Man Do-Bo Bobbie Socks by Mr Sorrel Bo), split the non-pro incentive in the derby. Bobbie Can Do is a 2010 gray gelding bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate. The incentive, plus event money paid $1,477 to Sidney. Kelsey Watring of Lubbock, Texas, and Ima The Topaz (Tens Hawkeye-Ima Gold Topaz by Black Chick Gold) were awarded the $1,500 Zinn Lindsey Scholarship as the highest-placing collegiate rider. Ima The Topaz was bred by Bill and Dana Smith's Spur Ranch of Spur, Texas.

Zeena Lena and Nonie Casselman-Reed of Hico, Texas, won the SHOT Limited Derby, winning all four classes and $1,440. Zeena Lena, a 2009 bay mare by Zezes Pepto Cat and out of Fussy Hanky by Lotsolena, was bred by Tom and Lorna Neel of Millsap, Texas.

Complete results for all of the events at the SHOT World Show, Futurity and Derby are available at www.stockhorsetexas.org.

Journal Coverage of the SHOT World Show

  • Day 3 – View photos and results from the SHOT Derby and Futurity, plus Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in Abilene, Texas. 
  • Day 2 – Catch our interviews with the six Stock Horse of Texas world champions, plus view photos from the event.
  • Day 1 – See results and photos from October 31 at the SHOT World Show.