Become a Ranching Heritage Breeder

American Quarter Horses bred and raised by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders epitomize the breed’s work ethic and versatility.

Horses raised by Ranching Heritage Breeders are eligible for nomination to the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge competitions.

From the earliest days of western cattle ranches, cowboys needed a horse that could handle the strain and hardships of working cattle each day. While the West has long since been settled, American Quarter Horses are still the preferred partner for working cattle ranches.

To recognize the ranches and individuals who continue to uphold the ranching tradition, the American Quarter Horse Association and the AQHA Ranching Council developed the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program in 2011.

Horses raised by Ranching Heritage Breeders are eligible for nomination to the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges. The prizes and prestige of the Ranching Heritage Challenges are great, with the four events left in 2015 offering more than $90,000 in added money.

Ranching Heritage Breeders are AQHA member-owned ranches and individuals who represent longevity, honesty and integrity in raising quality American Quarter Horses, while upholding the ranching heritage.

To be accepted into the program, a Ranching Heritage Breeder must own and breed a minimum of five American Quarter Horse mares used to produce ranch horses and must maintain a remuda of horses used to operate a working cattle operation.

“Ranching Heritage Breeders uphold the true definition of ranching heritage,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “Buyers know that purchasing from a Ranching Heritage Breeder guarantees versatile, hard-working American Quarter Horses.”

The benefits of becoming an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder are many. In addition to RHB-raised horses being eligible for nomination to the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, members also have exclusive marketing and advertising opportunities. Ranching Heritage Breeders receive access to the exclusive RHB logo, which many breeders proudly tout on their websites and in advertisements.

Additionally, all Ranching Heritage Breeders are listed on AQHA’s website at www.aqha.com/ranching-heritage-breeders.  

Visit www.aqha.com/ranchingheritage to learn more about the program and other AQHA programs developed just for ranchers or to download the Ranching Heritage Breeder application.

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