Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in Amarillo

Full siblings from the same breeder take the top spots during the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Myles Brown competes on Eddie Rocks RAB in the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo.

Myles Brown competes on Eddie Rocks RAB on September 19 in the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo.

Two full siblings took home two of the biggest prizes September 19 from the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Tri-State Fair in Amarillo.

The two buckskins – one mare and one gelding – had more in common than their bloodlines, their breeder and their coat color: Both were ridden by AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major of Bowie, Texas.

Reata B Rejoicing, bred by Kimberly Wilson of Las Animas, Colorado, and owned by Jody Wilson Brooks of Lipan, Texas, won the marquee open 4-year-old working ranch horse class.

“I’ve had (the filly) in training for a year,” Mike said. “She’s really been a nice little filly. She’s really got a lot of talent. She’s starting to get a little nervous in shows, so we’re having to take her back a little bit. But a really nice filly. Has a lot of ability. In a year, she’s come on pretty fast.”

Cowpony Express lived up to his name in winning the open 5/6-year-old working ranch horse class. Mike got the horse – owned by Diamond JK Ranches and R. Snider of Cyril, Oklahoma – for training about three months ago after it became apparent he has an affinity for horses from Kim Wilson’s breeding.

“We’ve been fortunate,” Mike said. “We’ve won two SHOT shows on him, two AQHA versatility shows on him and then this one here, so he’s really come along. He was just a good ranch horse when we got him, so we’ve tried to bring him on into the show pen. There’s quite a bit of difference between being a good ranch horse and a good show horse.”

Lanham Brown of Throckmorton, Texas, was one of the exhibitors figuring out the difference between a good ranch horse and a good show horse.

In his first Ranching Heritage Challenge, Lanham won the cowboy class on RAB Go Pep Hancock.

“He came off the R.A. Brown Ranch – my family,” Lanham said. “He’s 10. He’s a good ranch horse that has kinda figured out the show pen a little bit. I started riding him when he was 8. Before that, he had just been on the ranch. He’d worked so much out in the pasture that he had all the parts. It was just smoothing things up.”

Lanham also won the 4-year-old limited class and was second in 4-year-old open on R A B He Dunit, another horse from the R.A. Brown Ranch. He didn’t have big plans for his winnings.

“I’ll probably pay for my fuel for all the shows where I haven’t won,” he said.

Ranching Heritage Challenges are limited to horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. The next two challenges are:
September 26 during the Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada
October 14 during the Northern International Livestock Exposition in Billings, Montana.

Winners:
Open 4-year-old working ranch horse
Reata B Rejoicing, a 2011 buckskin mare by CDs Boonolena-Roosters Note by Roosters Shorty. Bred by Kimberly Wilson of Las Animas, Colorado, and owned by Jody Wilson Brooks of Lipan, Texas. Ridden by Mike Major

Limited open 4-year-old working ranch horse
R A B He Dunit, a 2011 red dun gelding by Little Twistin Juan-RAB Go Peppy Fly by Gold Peppy Freckles. Bred by the R.A. Brown Ranch and owned by Donnell and Kelli Brown of Throckmorton, Texas. Ridden by Lanham Brown of Throckmorton.

Open 5/6-year-old working ranch horse
Cowpony Express, a 2009 buckskin gelding by CDs Boonolena-Roosters Note by Roosters Shorty. Bred by Kimberly Wilson of Las Animas, Colorado, and owned by Diamond JK Ranches/R. Snider of Cyril, Oklahoma.

Amateur working ranch horse
Holly Major of Bowie, Texas, on Black Hope Stik, a 2005 black mare by Smart Whiskey Doc-Hope Stik by Rails Skipper Pine. Bred and owned by Mike Major of Bowie.

Level 1 working ranch horse
Myles Brown of Stinnett, Texas, on Eddie Rocks RAB, a 2006 sorrel stallion by Hesa Eddie Hancock-Smooth Hearted Rock by Smooth At Heart. Bred and owned by Rob A. Brown of Stinnett.

Cowboy working ranch horse
Lanham Brown of Throckmorton, Texas, on RAB Go Pep Hancock, a 2005 sorrel gelding by Gold Peppy Freckles-Mis Smooth Hancock by Hesa Eddie Hancock. Bred by the R.A. Brown Ranch of Throckmorton and owned by Lanham.

Amateur and Level 1 boxing
Pierre Lamont of Liberal, Kansas, on Miss Zandy Reminic, a 2011 sorrel mare by Von Reminic-A Zandy Rawhide by A Dandy Rawhide. Bred by G. M. Jones of Watrous, New Mexico, and owned by Pierre.

Open ranch riding
Jane Bagley of Dimmitt, Texas, on Bueno Meadno, a 2008 palomino mare by Bueno Starlight-Baywatch Jury by Taris Judge. Bred and owned by Scott Bagley of Dimmitt.

Amateur ranch riding
Holly Major of Bowie, Texas, on Black Hope Stik, a 2005 black mare by Smart Whiskey Doc-Hope Stik by Rails Skipper Pine. Bred and owned by Mike Major of Bowie.