Ranching Heritage Challenge

AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges are a way for this ranch to show off its products.

Special to The American Quarter Horse Journal

Myles Brown and Royalrock HancockRAB; see the slideshow below for more photos from the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Colorado State Fair in early September. (Credit: Journal)

Myles Brown, 21, competed in his first AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. He found that it was a great way to showcase the horses the he and his dad, Rob A. Brown, and granddad, AQHA Past President Rob Brown, breed, raise, train and use on their ranches at Stinnett and Throckmorton, Texas.

“The Ranching Heritage shows is what got me showing,” Myles says.

Since those early days in the show pen, he has broadened his horizons to other AQHA shows and Ranch Horse Association of America competitions.

With the variety of levels of competition in the Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenges, riders of all abilities have the opportunity to showcase their AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses.

The Ranching Heritage Challenges highlight the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses that are ranch born and raised. First, the goal of the Ranching Heritage Breeders program is to recognize AQHA’s ranching members who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use in working cattle.

Second, through a series of ranch horse competitions, the Ranching Heritage Challenge is intended to increase demand for ranch horses by providing an opportunity for ranches and horse owners to compete in a unique ranch horse competition for a significant purse.

Myles and Eddie Rocks RAB, a 2006 sorrel stallion by Hesa Eddie Hancock and out of Smooth Hearted Rock by Smooth At Heart, won the Level 1 amateur division at the 2014 challenge, which was held during the Fort Worth Stock Show in January 2014. Eddie Rocks RAB was bred by Myles' father, Rob A. Brown of Stinnett, Texas.

Myles and Royalrock HancockRAB won the limited amateur division at the Ranching Heritage Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, in January. Their most recent competition, however, was at the Colorado State Fair earlier this month. The event was an excellent example of riders ranging from million-dollar earners to everyday ranch cowboys who take great pride in their horses.

Myles won the amateur and Level 1 4-year-old-&-over working ranch horse competition aboard Royalrock HancockRAB for his grandfather, Rob Brown of Throckmorton, Texas. The 2010 gray gelding is a product of the Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner and AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder R.A. Brown Ranch. Royalrock HancockRAB is by PG Shogun and out of a daughter of Hesa Eddie Hancock, a stallion that has greatly influenced the ranch’s horse program.

Myles works with his dad on the family ranch in Stinnett, riding horses and caring for cattle.

“I’ve roped calves and team roped a bunch,” Myles says. “My dad entered me up in the (first) Ranching Heritage Challenge on a ranch horse. I didn’t know what a lead was, how to spin or cut or any of that stuff.”

But the competition piqued his interest. He set out how to learn to get a horse broke and trained in a manner that could be used on the ranch and also at a show, and maybe win a little money.

Myles started Royalrock HancockRAB as a 2-year-old.

“He’s not the most athletic, but he’s got a really good mind, is smart on a cow and gritty down the fence,” Myles says. “He’s good to rope on and coming along in the reining. He’s just a good gelding.”

Myles says he doesn’t really consider the gelding a show horse, but an awfully good ranch horse that is getting really broke.

“I really enjoy the Ranching Heritage Challenges,” he says. “I’ve got some 3-year-olds that I’m aiming to take to Fort Worth in January.”