Challenge High-Point Winners

Recognizing top 2017 horsemen in the Bank of America Racing Challenge program.

Recognizing top 2017 horsemen in the Bank of America Racing Challenge program.

At the Bank of America Challenge Championships every year, the year-end high-point winners are recognized in four categories: John Deere Champion Owner, Nutrena Champion Breeder, Wrangler Champion Trainer and Wrangler Champion Jockey.

These awards represent a true dedication to the Bank of America Racing Challenge program, requiring many top-quality efforts throughout the year’s regional races. The Bank of America Racing Challenge is unique in American Quarter Horse racing, offering horsemen greater racing opportunities for horses of all ages, especially older horses.

This year, the John Deere Champion Owner is Rockin J Running Horses of Gatesville, Texas, which is owned and operated by Mike Wakefield and Tammy Johnson. They earned about 38 percent more points in the standings than their next closest competitor, and they will receive a John Deere Gator utility vehicle and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

Among their horses are their own homebred distance competitors CJs Rocksolid and Rock A Billy, as well as Championship runner Rockin Disco and sophomore Rock About It.

The Nutrena Champion Breeder is reigning AQHA Champion Breeder Bobby D. Cox of Fort Worth, Texas. The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member will receive $5,000 cash, 3 tons of Nutrena feed and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

South Dakota trainer Robert “Bob” Johnson tops the Wrangler Champion Trainer list. For the accomplishment, he will get $5,000 cash and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

Among his runners is John Johnson’s Faster Than Hasta, who a few weeks ago punched his ticket to the Adequan® Derby Challenge Championship (G3) by winning the regional race at Prairie Meadows.

Benito Jude Baca is the Wrangler Champion Jockey, and will receive $2,000 cash and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths.

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