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AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge

Ben Baldus and Got Style Points top Amarillo AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge.

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By American Quarter Horse Journal editor Andrea Caudill


One of the year's added-money AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges was held at the Amarillo, Texas, fairgrounds, and had a backdrop of Ferris wheels and carnival rides as it was held in conjunction with the Amarillo Tri-State Fair. The event on September 14 was also held with a full Versatility Ranch Horse show. 

The best of the 4-year-old working ranch horse class was Got Style Points, guided by trainer Ben Baldus. The pair marked a 145.5 and earned $2,200 for owner JoAnn Smith of Shelbyville, Tennessee. 

Got Style Points is a gelded son of Mr Playinstylish and out of the Royal Fletch mare Fletch The Cat, herself an earner of $53,022 in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition. Got Style Points was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief. 

MC Cowhammer and Trevor Carter were second, earning $1,320 for the run. The red roan stallion is by Metallic Cat and out of the Playgun mare Gunsmart Gay. He is bred and owned by the Bogle Bros. of Dexter, New Mexico, 

Playin Stylish is also the grandsire of the limited 4-year-old working ranch horse division winner, ND Stylish Lil Pep, who was ridden by owner Tell Good of Throckmorton, Texas.

Playin Stylish is the sire of Mr Playinstylish, and is also the sire of ND Stylish Lil Pep’s dam, Circle Bar Stylish. The red roan mare is sired by Circle Bar Mr Pepto, and was bred by Circle Bar Ranch. They earned $1,170 for the win.

Finishing just behind was Cole Hatfield aboard WR Gin (WR This Cats Smart-Paddys Gin by Paddys Irish Whiskey). The trainer earned $780 for the placing for the horse’s breeder and owner Burnett Ranches LLC. 

Reserve world champion Playin Motown won the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse, earning $1,200. The 6-year-old gelding is also a son of Mr Playinstylish, and was also ridden by trainer Ben Baldus. 

Playin Motown marked a 149 in the class. The gelding, who is owned by     Catelyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, was bred by Charlie and Kit Moncrief and Lee Tennison, and is out of the Mr Peponita Flo mare Mo Flo. 

Lavert Avent was second in the class aboard Wright On Trigger (Hes Wright On-Shiney Lil Hickory by Shining Spark). The 5-year-old palomino gelding is owned by Mildy Roberts of Walsenburg, Colorado, and earned $720. 

Casey Mitchell won the limited 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class aboard Seven S Lucky Spark. The 5-year-old sorrel gelding was bred by the AQHA Best Remuda winner Stuart Ranch and is by Dual Spark and out of the Real Gun mare Seven S Lady Luck. He earned $1,150 for the win. 

SCR Dualinforjewels and Meredith Lubbock of Amarillo marked a 145 to win the limited amateur working ranch horse class, earning $720. The 12-year-old gelding was bred by AQHA Best Remuda winner Singleton Ranch and is by Dual With Me and out of the Docs My Tio mare SCR Sonita Doc. 

Melinda Mayes-Kelly was second in the class aboard Seven S Delightful (CD Lights-Seven S Genuine Miss by Genuine Doc), earning $480. The palomino mare was bred by Stuart Ranch. 

Taking the Level 1 limited amateur working ranch horse class was Miss Zandy Reminic and Pierre Lamont. The 8-year-old mare earned $90 for the win. She is by Von Reminic and out of the mare A Zandy Rawhide, a daughter of A Dandy Rawhide, and was bred by G.M. Jones of Watrous, New Mexico. 

Finishing second was Wes Klein aboard By Our CD (CDs Boonolena-Roosters Note by Roosters Shorty), a 6-year-old bred by Kim Wilson of Las Animas, Colorado. 

Catelyn Walker guided her own Playin Motown to win the youth working ranch horse and Level 1 youth working ranch horse. The horse won the open 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class with trainer Ben Baldus earlier in the day. 

Shanae Major won the limited youth working ranch horse aboard her family’s homebred Bet Shesa Stik. The bay mare is by Bet Hesa Cat and out of their world champion Black Hope Stik, a daughter of Smart Whiskey Doc. The Ranching Heritage breeders are based in Bowie, Texas. 

Vons Judgement (Taris Judge-Von Jamaica by Von Reminic) was second with Teghan Brooks. The sorrel gelding was bred by Bagley Performance Horses of Dimmitt, Texas. 

Marking an impressive 77.5 in the open ranch riding, Trixies Sixes and trainer Justin Stanton earned $470. The sorrel stallion was bred by Burnett Ranches LLC and is by Sixes Pick and out of the Paseos Paisano mare Trixie Petie. 

Mike Major was second aboard Raised On It (Woody Be Tuff-CR Shes Uh Secret by Peptoboonsmal), a Center Ranch-bred gelding owned by Willow Oak Plantation. They earned $352. 

Winning the amateur ranch riding were world champions Sidney Dunkel and Bobbie Can Do, who marked a 75. The 9-year-old gray gelding was bred by Waggoner Ranch and is by Cat Man Do and out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Bo Bobbie Socks. They earned $575.

Finishing second were Holly Major and Bet Shesa Stik, earning $345.

Bet Shesa Stik came back to win the youth ranch riding with Shanae Major. 

Mike Major won the open team roping with homebred Pretty Smart Stik, a 10-year-old mare by A Smart Colonel and out of his blue hen mare Hope Stik. They earned $885 for the win. This mare is a half sister to world champions Black Hope Stik and Gray Hope Stik. 

Seven S Delightful also picked up a second paycheck of the day, this in the amateur team roping, with Robbie Kelly aboard. The win was worth $875. The palomino mare was bred by Stuart Ranch and is by CD Lights and out of the Genuine Doc mare Seven S Genuine Miss. She was second in the limited amateur working ranch horse class earlier in the day. 

Finishing second was Phanta Boon (Boy Boon-Frecklesless Phantom by Zero Badger Boy) and Cody King. The sorrel mare was bred by John Anderson of Gail, Texas. 

Shanae Major swapped horses, but maintained a win streak – she won the youth team roping aboard Pretty Smart Stik, who had also carried her dad to win the open team roping. She also picked up the win in the youth barrel racing with the same horse. 

The gelding Sixes Eyesa won the open barrel racing and picked up $620 for rider and owner Tara Lee Woodall. 

The 8-year-old is by Eyesa Special and out of the Royal Fletch mare Sixes Holly. He was bred by AQHA Best Remuda winner Burnett Ranches LLC. 

The limited amateur working ranch horse winners, SRC Dualinforjewels and Meredith Lubbock, also won the amateur barrel racing, picking up $590. 

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