2016 AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals

Get qualified for the first AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals.

Ranch Horse Journal

To qualify for the Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, a horse must simply compete at any one of the 2016 Challenges.

The Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge program has expanded to now offer a Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, which will be run in conjunction at the 2016 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships and AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships, which will take place in 2017.

The Ranching Heritage Challenges highlight the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses that are bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. To be eligible to compete in the challenges, horses must have been bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, plus all payments must be complete. In 2016, there is more than $90,000 in prize money offered during the six challenges and finals.

To qualify for the finals, a horse must simply compete at any one of the 2016 Challenges.

Horses that competed at the 2016 Challenge in January at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo are already qualified for the Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals.

The next Challenge is June 11 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Entries for that Challenge close on May 30.

The goal of the Ranching Heritage Breeders program is to recognize AQHA’s ranching members who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use in working cattle. Through a series of ranch horse competitions, the Ranching Heritage Challenge is intended to increase demand for ranch horses by providing an opportunity for ranches and horse owners to compete in a unique ranch horse competition for a significant purse. A Ranching Heritage Challenge consists of three classes – working ranch horse, ranch riding and boxing. There are four divisions for exhibitors – open, cowboy, amateur and youth.

The remaining Challenges are:

  • September 1 in Pueblo, Colorado
  • September 17 in Amarillo
  • September 24 in Reno, Nevada
  • October 19 in Billings, Montana

More details, including date, location and entry information, will follow regarding the Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, as well as the Zoetis VRH World.

Zoetis is the proud sponsor of the Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals. AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis cares about the well-being of your horse and understands the serious consequences of disease. In addition to being the official equine vaccine, Zoetis is pleased to offer the Equine Immunization Support Guarantee.

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