World Championship Ranch Rodeo: November 8

This event offers AQHA a great chance to honor ranch horses and their breeders – and cultivate some new cowboys and -girls.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Rex Buchman of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, shows his nice mare Its A Hickory Thing. (Credit: Journal)

American Quarter Horses, their breeders and their Association were on center stage in Amarillo on Saturday during the World Championship Ranch Rodeo, hosted by the Working Ranch Cowboys Association

To start the day off, the cowboy class of the ranch horse show entered the arena at 8 a.m. Sponsored by The American Quarter Horse Journal, this show calls for ranch horses to perform a reining pattern, “box” a cow at the end of the arena, turn it on the fence and finally rope it. AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Rex Buchman of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, was one of those competing, on board his nice mare Its A Hickory Thing. In years past, Rex has invited both me and AQHA Editor-in-Chief Becky Newell out to his ranch to cover various events, and it was great to catch up with him. Look for a story in the January-February issue of America’s Horse on his latest exploits. 

The next horses into the Amarillo Civic Center arena weren’t exactly Quarter Horses. More like stick horses. But Pokey the Clown’s World Championship Junior Ranch Rodeo, sponsored in part by the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum, is a great way to introduce kids to the ranching lifestyle – or entertain those who are already in it. Check out the slideshow below to see how cute this really was. 

On Saturday afternoon, a number of previous Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda award-winners congregated at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum to welcome in the newest member of that prestigious club of top ranch horse breeders. The Anderson family of Gail, Texas, accepted the Best Remuda trophy for their Muleshoe Ranch, which started breeding American Quarter Horses more than 60 years ago. 

“It’s truly an honor to be in a league with them,” John Anderson said, referring to the previous winners. “We put our trust in these animals, and they have not let us down.” 

The ranch was also honored in a presentation in the World Championship Ranch Rodeo arena, just before the start of Saturday night’s sold-out performance. 

For more on this ranch, check out the November issue of America’s Horse magazine, which goes exclusively to AQHA members

Journal Coverage of the World Championship Ranch Rodeo

  • November 9 – Some Colorado cowboys come out on top, with the help of cowy American Quarter Horses at the World Championship Ranch Rodeo.
  • November 8 – This event offers AQHA a great chance to honor ranch horses and their breeders – and cultivate some new cowboys and -girls.
  • November 7 – The good ranch horses on display at the WRCA Youth Cow Horse Championship are helping make tomorrow’s cowboys and cowgirls.
  • November 6 – Top ranch horses come to town for the 2014 World Championship Ranch Rodeo.