AQHA Level 1 Cattle Championships Winners

Amateur and youth riders earn top Level 1 honors during combined competition at the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in June.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Amateur Level 1 heeling champions Little Miss Blue Hen and Patricia Muhr make a good catch. (Journal photo)

At the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships and Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, 14 youth and amateur riders received AQHA Level 1 champion titles in cutting, boxing, working cow horse, heading, heeling, tie-down roping, breakaway roping and ranch riding. Moving the Level 1 cattle classes to coincide with the Zoetis VRH World, which took place June 13-17, opened doors for Level 1 exhibitors to get a taste of VRH competition. And, the beautiful Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, gave Level 1 competitors a chance to show off their skills in spacious arenas. 

See who took home top honors from the Level 1 Cattle Championships below: 

Level 1 Amateur Boxing
Boots Be Tuff
2010 sorrel gelding
Woody Be Tuff-Pretty Poco Boots by Doc O Boots
Breeder: W T Waggoner Estate, Vernon, Texas
Owner/Exhibitor: Larry Walker, Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Level 1 Amateur Breakaway Roping
Dudes Dizzy Boy
2012 bay gelding
Bijous Miss Te Dude-Husky N Zippin by Doc Husky
Breeder: Lee Browning, Byers, Colorado
Owner/Exhibitor: James Stoudt, Fort Lupton, Colorado

Level 1 Amateur Cutting
Cat Can Dew
2008 sorrel gelding
WR This Cats Smart-Dew It Flo by Mr Peponita Flo
Breeder: Herman Moore, Los Banos, California
Owner/Exhibitor: Julie Gibbons, Highlandville, Missouri

Level 1 Amateur Heading
Royal Cattilion
2011 bay gelding
CRR Hurricane Cat-One Freckled Dolly Freckles Playboy
Breeder: Tricia Smith-Hickey, Council Grove, Kansas
Owner/Exhibitor: Mark Hickey, Council Grove, Kansas

Level 1 Amateur Heeling
Lil Miss Blue Hen
2002 blue roan mare
Just Plain Sugar-Miss Pine Bar Leo by Krogs Pappy Leo
Breeder: Kalpowar Quarter Horses, Midland, Texas
Owner/Exhibitor: Patricia Muhr, Wilson, Oklahoma

Level 1 Amateur Ranch Riding
Cold Hard Smart Cash
2009 palomino gelding
Big Chex To Cash-Smartin Up by Smart Little Lena
Breeder: Matthew Hagee, San Antonio
Owner/Exhibitor: Judy Fortenberry, Bulverde, Texas

Level 1 Select Amateur Ranch Riding
Heavenly Whiz
2008 bay mare
Conquistador Whiz-Heavenly Rooster by Gallo Del Cielo
Breeder: Zachary Gregg, West Point, Mississippi
Owner/Exhibitor: Richard Cook, Peralta, New Mexico

Level 1 Amateur Working Cow Horse
Nics Black Gold
2008 buckskin gelding
Nic It In The Bud-Shinersdiamondjackie by Shining Spark
Breeder: Mark and Kelly Gowing, Lompoc, California
Owner/Exhibitor: Charles Jesse, Decatur, Illinois

Level 1 Youth Boxing
Cat Can Dew
2008 sorrel gelding
WR This Cats Smart-Dew It Flo by Mr Peponita Flo
Breeder: Herman Moore, Los Banos, California
Owner/Exhibitor: Remington Pierce Gibbons, Highlandville, Missouri 

Level 1 Youth Cutting
Playin Motown
2013 sorrel gelding
Mr PlayinStylish-Mo Flo by Mr Peponita Flo
Breeder: Kit and C B Moncrief and Lee Tennison, Fort Worth, Texas
Owner/Exhibitor: Catelyn Walker, Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Level 1 Youth Heading & Heeling
Cutter Jay Olena
2004 sorrel gelding
Start Me A Tab-Cutter Bar Playboy by Gay Bar Playboy
Breeder: Billy and Kelly Cannon, Henrietta, Texas
Owner/Exhibitor: Cody Cannon, Henrietta, Texas

Level 1 Youth Ranch Riding
Genuine Peps Rooster
2012 bay gelding
Pokeys Rooster-Genuine Peps Girl by Genuine Mr Amigo
Breeder: Larry Loges, Sweet Springs, Missouri
Owner/Exhibitor: Katherine Dixon, Clarksville, Missouri

Level 1 Youth Working Cow Horse
Feather Oak
2013 chestnut mare
Thirsty Oak-Shesa Smart Brat by Smart Chic Olena
Breeder: Steve and Carol Metcalf, Pilot Point, Texas
Owner/Exhibitor: Erin Bledsoe, Lynnville, Tennessee