AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge

AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge

Join AQHA in Elko, Nevada, for the next AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge July 30 - August 1.

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The next 2021 American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Challenge is slated for July 30 - August 1 at the Elko County Fairgrounds in Elko, Nevada.

Coverage of the event will be provided by The American Quarter Horse Journal at

Entries are due July 23.  

“Ranching Heritage Challenges showcase the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses that are born, raised and utilized for ranch work,” said Karen McCuistion, AQHA senior director of member programs. “The Challenge program is designed to recognize and reward horses and exhibitors perpetuating ranching heritage and the spirit of the working American Quarter Horse.”

Ranching Heritage Challenges are open to any horse bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder and enrolled in the program. AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are breeders who have been breeding American Quarter Horses for at least 10 years and whose horses are primarily bred to work on a cattle ranch. Horses foaled in 2010 and earlier are automatically enrolled into the program with no additional fees due.

Anyone can own and show these eligible and enrolled horses in the Challenges.

Competitors who show at a 2021 Challenge event will qualify to compete at the 2022 AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals.

The Challenges offer multiple divisions for various ages and skill levels for both horse and rider. Classes include working ranch horse and ranch riding; some Challenge events also offer team roping and barrel racing.

AQHA appreciates the generous sponsorship of John Deere, Nutrena and the Journal in supporting these Ranching Heritage events.

For more information on AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges or for upcoming events, visit

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