Become a Ranching Heritage Breeder

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

American Quarter Horse Association

Now through December 31, late penalty fees have been waived, so it’s even more economical to nominate your RHB-bred horses to the Ranching Heritage program.

Ranch-bred American Quarter Horses are held in high regard for their stamina, athletic ability and cow sense. American Quarter Horses are the preferred partner for working cattle ranches and the horses' popularity goes beyond the ranch.

The American Quarter Horse Association established the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program in 2011 to help showcase the ranch horse and help ranchers and breeders expand their market through events like the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges.

Horses bred by Ranching Heritage Breeders are eligible for nomination to the Ranching Heritage Breeders program, which makes the horses eligible for the Ranching Heritage Challenges. Now through December 31, late penalty fees have been waived, so it’s even more economical to nominate your RHB-bred horses to the Ranching Heritage Breeders program. 

There are five Ranching Heritage Challenge events left in 2016, offering more than $75,000 in added money and the chance to compete at the first Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, slated for Spring 2017 in conjunction with the 2016 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse and John Deere AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships. Dates and location for this event will be announced soon.

Ranching Heritage Breeders are AQHA members 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, must maintain a remuda of horses used to operate a working cattle ranch and have received (at a minimum) an AQHA 10-year Breeder Award.

“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.”

There are many benefits of becoming an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. In addition to their RHB-bred horses being eligible for nomination to the Ranching Heritage Breeders program, Ranching Heritage Breeders also have exclusive marketing and advertising opportunities through the newly launched Ranch Horse Journal, a quarterly magazine produced by AQHA Media.

Additionally, all Ranching Heritage Breeders and their contact information are listed on AQHA’s website at to assist people searching for ranch horses. Ranching Heritage Breeders also receive access to the exclusive RHB logo that can be used on websites, advertisements and promotional materials.

Visit to learn more about the Ranching Heritage Breeder program and to download the applications and nomination forms for the horses.

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