Ranching Heritage Challenge

Talent abounds at Ranching Heritage Challenge in Pueblo, Colorado.

Ranch Horse Journal

Dry Blue Grass and Blue Allen. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill/Ranch Horse Journal

The third of six of this year’s Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenges kicked off on August 31 at the historic Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado. The show continued on September 1, with exhibitors and spectators alike enjoying the mild weather and competitive classes.

Every horse who showed in the Ranching Heritage Challenge is eligible to compete in the Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in Houston on March 23-26, 2017.

There are three more Ranching Heritage Challenges to be held this year. The next will be held September 17 in Amarillo, followed by one at Reno, Nevada, on September 24. The final Challenge of the year is October 19 in Billings, Montana. There will be more than $90,000 handed out at these six events during the year.

Open 4YO Working Ranch Horse
Limited Open 4YO Working Ranch Horse
Blue Allen guided the Spooks Bluestem mare Dry Blue Grass through a smoking pattern to win the Open 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse Class. The Texas-bred filly, who was bred and is owned by Jane Bagley of Dimmitt, Texas, earned $2,370 plus prizes.

Bagley and her husband, Scott, operate Ranching Heritage Breeder Bagley Performance Horses in Dimmitt. It was there they bred her out of their homebred Dry Docket, a daughter of their senior stallion Taris Judge and out of the Dry Doc mare Cinnamon Dry. Dry Blue Grass already has an outstanding record, even at her tender age, having earned $3,573 in National Reining Horse Association competition with several futurity wins last year. Jane is a member of AQHA’s Ranching Committee.

Terry Riddle was second aboard Burnett Ranches LLC’s Rockin Paddy, earning $1,580 plus prizes.

Jeb Stoltzfus swung aboard Sable Boon Badger to win the top prize in the Limited Open division of the 4-Year-Old class, earning $1,125 plus prizes. The Burnett Ranches LLC-bred mare is owned by Brett and Smiley Shawcroft of La Jara, Colorado. The daughter of Boon San out of the Tenino Badger mare Sable Badger is a half-sister to Superior heading and heeling horse Playin With Sixes.

Hey San Kai (Hey Houston-San Kai 124 by Peppy San Kai) was second with Tack Louthan aboard, earning $675 plus prizes in that run alone for owner/breeder Howard Haythorn of Maxwell, Nebraska.

Open 5&6YO Working Ranch Horse
Limited Open 5&6YO Working Ranch Horse
Metallic Masterpiece, shown by Kyle Trahern for Silver Spur Operating Co. LLC. The horse picked up $1,260 plus prizes for the victory.

The 5-year-old colt is by Metallic Cat and out of the Peppy San Badger mare Kings Masterpiece, bred by Wagonhound Land and Livestock LLC. An 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association Futurity finalist, he has already earned $48,773 in NRCHA competition, and last year was sixth at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in junior reined cow horse.

Versatility Ranch Horse world champions Sidney Dunkel and Bobbie Can Do were second, earning $840. Natural Bottom, ridden by Terry Riddle for Burnett Ranches LLC, was third.

Stinnett, Texas, cowboy Myles Brown had a dominating day, as he won three classes on the card aboard his family’s homebred horses. The first came in the Limited Open 5&6 Year Old class, when he guided Royalrock Hancockrab to victory, earning $870 plus prizes.

Royalrock Hancockrab is a 6-year-old gelding by PG Shogun out of the Hesa Eddie Hancock mare Driftin Gray Eddie, bred and owned by Rob A. Brown. The horse is qualified for amateur working cow horse at this year’s Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. 

Penny For Your Thots was second, earning $580 plus prizes. She was ridden by Matt Turner for owner Silver Spur Operating Co. LLC. The mare is by WR One Eyed Jack and out of the Copy Jack mare Jacks Two Eyed Penny.

Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Another victory for Myles Brown came with the appropriately named Ima Wynna RAB in the Amateur Working Ranch Horse. The two picked up $1,050 plus prizes for owner Rob A. Brown. Ima Wynna RAB is a 4-year-old gelding by PG Shogun and out of the Right On Tivio mare Right On Eddie RAB.

Dig My Peppy Steps and Rhoda Rein were second, earning $875 plus prizes. Little Cat Stik and Olivia Miller were third, earning $700 plus prizes.

Stetson Ostrander of Gordon, Nebraska, rode BOXO Heavens Angel to win the Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse. Bred and owned by Jecca Ostrander, the horse picked up $50 plus prizes. BOXO Heavens Angel is a 7-year-old buckskin mare by SNW Heavens King and out of the Happy’s Cardinal mare Angels Happy Cards.

Cowboy Working Ranch Horse
Myles Brown’s other victory, and a check worth $1,280 plus prizes, came in the cowboy class aboard 10-year-old Eddie Rocks RAB (Hesa Eddie Hancock-Smooth Hearted Rock by Smooth At Heart). Myles rides the horse for Rob A. Brown.

The Silver Spur Operating Co. LLC-owned Penny For Your Thots, ridden by Matt Turner, was second, earning $960 plus prizes. Hey San Kai, owned by Howard Haythorn and ridden by Tack Louthan, was third, earning $640 plus prizes.

Amateur Boxing
Level 1 Amateur Boxing
Regina Jo Downey of Limon, Colorado, rode the Burnett Ranches LLC-bred Playboys Ginnin to win the amateur boxing. The pair took home a $690 check, plus prizes, for the run.

The 6-year-old mare is a palomino daughter of Playboys Buck Fever out of the Tanquery Gin mare Pretty Ginnin. The mare previously was the 2013 Stock Horse of Texas Futurity Trail Champion, and has previously earned more than $3,435 combined in SHOT and Ranching Heritage Challenge competition.

Donna Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Riskey Irish Whiskey were second, earning $460 plus prizes.

In the Level 1 Boxing, Dean Venezia and Cielo Del Taris captured the win, earning $50 plus prizes. Cielo Del Taris is a Robert Norris-bred 8-year-old gelding by Mr Gallo Del Cielo and out of the Tari Pines For You mare Taris Vandel.

Youth Boxing
Blake Dunkel of Archer City, Texas, rode the 3-year-old Bo Baby to win the Youth Boxing and pick up $25 plus prizes.

The flashy sorrel gelding is a Waggoner Estate-bred by Cat Man Do and out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Bo Baby Doll.

Open Ranch Riding
It was a tie in the competitive open ranch riding class, as Pines Indictment and Bobbie Can Do shared the win. They were ridden by owners Jane Bagley and Sidney Dunkel, respectively, and both brought home $357.50 plus prizes.

Pines Indictment is a 4-year-old palomino daughter of Taris Judge out of the Spirit Of Pine mare Pines Pocita, making her a full sister to Pinon Patron, who has performance earnings of more than $2,800 in reined cow horse, reining and SHOT competition.

Bobbie Can Do is a 6-year-old gelding who earlier this year carried 17-year-old Dunkel to the youth world championship at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships. The gray Cat Man Do gelding is out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Bo Bobbie Socks, and was bred by the Waggoner Estate.

Bagley also finished third in the class on her Dry Blue Grass, who the next day would win the 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse class, and earned $260 for this placing.

Amateur Ranch Riding
Craig Haythorn of Arthur, Nebraska, smoothly guided the 6-year-old mare Ima The Topaz (Tens Hawkeye-Ima Gold Topaz by Black Chick Gold) to win the amateur ranch riding, bringing home  $390.

The buckskin mare was bred by Bill and Dana Smith and Spur Headquarters Ranch, and has already earned more than $2,300 combined in SHOT and Ranching Heritage Challenge competition.

BOXO Heavens Blue and Jecca Ostrander of Gordon, Nebraska, were second, earning $325. Little Cat Stik and Olivia Miller were third, earning $260.

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