Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Snaffle Bit Futurity

The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge takes a western turn in the rodeo arena at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Kyle Trahern ropes his cow to win the 4-year-old working ranch horse class on Metallic Masterpiece during the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada. (Credit: Larri Jo Starkey) For more photos from the event, scroll through the slideshow below.

The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge went western and outdoors September 27 in Reno, Nevada.

Ranch-bred horses and their exhibitors showed off their skills in the Reno Rodeo Arena at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Center during the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity.

In the marquee open 4-year-old working ranch horse class, Metallic Masterpiece and Kyle Trahern took top honors for breeder Wagonhound Land and Livestock and for owner Silver Spur Operating Co.

“I thought we were going to be showing in the indoor,” Kyle said. “They called and asked us about showing outdoors. I had 45 minutes to get ready. I drew up last so I got to watch everybody else go.”

The rodeo arena has a bulge near the bucking chutes, instead of being a perfect oval.

“The pen has funny shape to it and the cattle were a little funny,” Kyle said. “(The judge) Sandy Jirkovsky sat on the side opposite and you’d normally want to take the cow down the fence opposite the judge, but I didn’t want to take the cow by the bucking chutes.”

Instead, Kyle went down the fence right in front of the judge, a decision that paid off with a $1,625 check for first place.

“The cow was good, the horse was good. Everything set up,” Kyle said. “He’s easy to show down the fence, and he was good in reining. He makes it pretty simple.”

In Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, riders work a short reining pattern before boxing a cow at the short end of the arena, turning it both ways down a long fence and then roping it.

Kyle wasn’t worried about the roping part, because he spent the summer doctoring yearlings on the stallion.

“I’ve roped on him a bunch,” Kyle said. “It’s no thing to go rope on him. An hour later I roped on him in the stray gathering (competition).”

Metallic Masterpiece is a 2011 sorrel stallion by Metallic Cat and out of Kings Masterpiece by Peppy San Badger. He was bred by Wagonhound Land and Livestock  of Douglas, Wyoming, and is owned by Silver Spur Operating Co. of Encampment, Wyoming, which plans to start breeding the stallion in spring.

“He’s good enough to go on with,” Kyle said, adding that he’ll be showing the stallion at the AQHA World Championship Show in November.

Seven S Crazy Horse had a change of riders in Reno. In the past, breeder-owner Terry Stuart Forst of Waurika, Oklahoma, has ridden “Batman” in Ranching Heritage Challenges, but this week, she asked her son Robert to show the gelding in the open 5/6-year-old working ranch horse class.

“It went pretty good. He’s a good horse,” Robert said after the win in the 5/6-year-old working ranch horse class. “That’s one of the first times I’ve shown him in bridle. He was second in open two-rein in (Snaffle Bit) Futurity, and he’s a good easy horse to show.

“I’ve been roping on him quite a bit at the house so I knew he had that part handled.”

Batman doesn’t take much warming up, so the change in time and venue – a decision made to keep exhibitors from showing at midnight – didn’t bother him.

“When they changed to the rodeo arena, I saddled and trotted around a few times,” Robert said. “He’s been schooled for other parts of show. We just trotted around and showed him. He takes good care of me.”

Seven S Crazy Horse adds $1,860 to his earnings with the win in his last year of eligibility for open Ranching Heritage Challenge classes. His regular rider, Terry, can still show Batman in amateur classes.

Seven S Crazy Horse is a 2009 brown gelding by Hickorys Indian Pep and out of Seven S Babe by Seven S Zanaday.

Other winners:

Limited Open 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Blues N Badger, 2011 buckskin mare by Zero Badger Boy-Crows Blue Star by Black Chick Gold. Bred by John Anderson of Gail, Texas, owned by Wes and Sarah Williams of Rhome, Texas, and shown by Jordan Williams of Rhome.

Amateur Working Ranch Horse and Amateur Ranch Riding
Rhoda Rein of Watkins, Colorado, showing Lil Remedy Pep, a 2007 sorrel gelding by Very Smart Remedy and out of Kaimana Wana Wiggle by Diggers Rest. Bred by Darren Miller of Watkins and owned by Rhoda.

Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Jessica Wright of Oakdale, California, showing Lottatimecash Shiner, a 2011 palomino gelding by Lotta Stuff To Shine and out of Cat K Emily by Cat O Lena 380. Bred by Lazy K Ranch of Chowchilla, California, and owned by Jessica.

Amateur and Level 1 Amateur Boxing
Jecca Ostrander of Gordon, Nebraska, showing Boxo Heavens Blue, a 2008 red roan gelding by SNW Heavens King and out of Snippy Blue Card by Masie’s Blue. Bred and owned by Jecca.

Open Ranch Riding
My Boots Are Tuff, a 2009 sorrel mare by Woody Be Tuff and out of Smoke My Boots by Doc O Boots. Bred and owned by the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch of Vernon, Texas. Shown by Ben Baldus.