Become a Ranching Heritage Breeder
American Quarter Horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders epitomize the breed’s work ethic and versatility.
June 7, 2017
American Quarter Horse Association
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 horses 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 to be enrolled in the Ranching Heritage Breeders program, which makes the horses eligible for the Challenge events. The AQHA Executive Committee recently approved the waiving of late fees for 2017.
There are five Ranching Heritage Challenges left in 2017, offering more than $75,000 in added money and the chance to compete at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, slated for June 14-17, 2018, in conjunction with the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
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 breed and register a minimum of five American Quarter Horse foals each year, 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 meansversatile, 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 enrollment in 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 www.aqha.com/ranching 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. The logo is also on the AQHA registration certificates of horses bred by Ranching Heritage Breeders.
Visit www.aqha.com/ranchingheritage to learn more about the Ranching Heritage Breeder program and to download the applications and nomination forms for the horses.