2016 Amarillo Ranching Heritage Challenge

Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge is one of several AQHA-related competitions at the 2016 Tri-State Fair in Amarillo.

AQHA's Ranch Horse Journal

Cowboy working ranch horse winners Gray Hope Stik and Gatlin Duncan (Journal Photo)

It was foggy outside, but it was clear inside the Bill Cody Arena in Amarillo that there was a Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge going on. This was the fourth of six Ranching Heritage Challenges being offered this year by Zoetis and AQHA. The remaining RHC's are September 24 in Reno, Nevada, and October 19 in Billings, Montana. More than $90,000 is being handed out at these six events during the year. Every horse shown in any of the six Ranching Heritage Challenges is eligible to compete in the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, which are March 23-26, 2017, in conjunction with the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in Houston.

Open 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Limited Open 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Scott Bagley rode wife Jane’s Dry Blue Grass to win the open 4-year-old working ranch horse class. The Texas-bred filly was bred and is owned by Jane. The Bagleys operate Bagley Performance Horses near Dimmitt, Texas. It was there they bred “Blue Grass” 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 the AQHA Ranching Committee. 

Smart Ingredient with the Four Sixes Ranch’s Dusty Burson in the pilot’s seat won the limited open 4-year-old working ranch horse. The sorrel gelding, who is by WR This Cats Smart and out of Natural Ingredient by Peppy San Badger, also finished second in the open 4-year-old working ranch horse class. The gelding was bred by Burnett Ranches of Fort Worth, Texas.

Trixies Sixes, a sorrel stallion by Sixes Pick and out of Trixie Petie by Paseos Paisano, finished second in the limited open 4-year-old class and third in the open 4-year-old class. Trixies Sixes, bred by Burnett Ranches, is owned by Camille Briggs of Lubbock, Texas. The stallion, who was ridden by Justin Stanton of Idalou, Texas, has been shown in National Reined Cow Horse Association, Stock Horse of Texas and AQHA competition. 

Open 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Limited Open 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse

Terrific Movement, by Playin Stylish and out of the Tanquery Gin mare Cowgirl Movement, won the open 5- and 6-year-old class. Bred and owned by Burnett Ranches, the 5-year-old gelding was ridden by the Four Sixes Ranch’s True Burson. Terrific Movement has been show in AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse and Ranch Horse Association of America competition. The gelding was second in the limited open 5- and 6-year-old class.

Burnett Ranches’ Paddys Prince was second in the open 5- and 6-year-old class, piloted by True’s brother, Dusty. A winner of a 2014 open limited 4-year-old ranch horse heritage, Paddys Prince has also competed in VRH and RHAA events. The 6-year-old bay gelding is by Playin Attraction and out of Cowgirl Paddy by Paddys Irish Whiskey. The gelding finished second in the limited open 5- and 6-year-old class.

Bennettgreen Cattle Co.’s Genuine Blue Dude was third in the open 5- and 6-year-old class. Ridden by Brad Baxter, the 6-year-old blue roan gelding is by Genuine Dudad and out of Haidas Quixote Rio by Domino Quixote Rio. The gelding earned $1,156.25 in Ranching Heritage Challenge competition in 2014. Bennettgreen Cattle Co. is based near Spur, Texas.

Big Valleys Lil Hana and William Guy “Beau” Crutchfield won the open limited 5- and 6-year-old class. Bred and owned by Mick O’Brien of Refugio, Texas, Big Valleys Lil Hana is by Seven S Big Valley and out of Lil Hollywood Hanna by Zan Parr Otoe. The gelding has also been shown in SHOT competition. 

Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse

Lydia Brown and Eddie Rocks RAB showed their handiness by winning the amateur and Level 1 working ranch horse classes. The 2006 sorrel gelding is by Hesa Eddie Hancock and out of Smooth Hearted Rock by Smooth At Heart. The gelding was bred and is owned by Lydia’s dad, Rob A. Brown. The rancher from Stinnett, Texas, serves on the AQHA Ranching Committee. The horse was trained by Lydia’s brother, Myles, who recently won the amateur working ranch horse in the Ranching Heritage Challenge earlier in the month in Pueblo aboard Ima Wynna RAB. Lydia and Eddie Rocks RAB also won the Level 1 amateur working ranch horse.

Dig My Peppy Steps and Rhoda Rein of Watkins, Colorado, were second in the amateur working ranch horse. The 2007 chestnut mare is by Rhoda’s stallion, Diggers Rest, and out of Pep In My Step by Hickory Chic Olena. Rhoda owns and bred the mare, who has qualified in amateur reining and working cow horse at the AQHA World Championship Show, has earned more than $20,000 in NRCHA competition and has competed in National Reining Horse Association competition.

Little Cat Stik and Olivia Miller of Sedalia, Colorado, were third. Carrying the stick-horse brand, the Mike Major-bred 2011 sorrel gelding is by Love A Little Devil and out of Stylish Cat Stik by RPM Mr Stylish. The gelding has competed in NRCHA competition and is qualified for Level 2 amateur ranch riding at the 2016 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. 

Cowboy Working Ranch Horse

Gray Hope Stik, who also carries the stick-horse brand, won the cowboy working ranch horse. Ridden by owner Gatlin Jake Duncan, the 2011 gray gelding is by Smart Whiskey Doc and out of Hope Stik by Rails Skipper Pine. The horse also has competed in NRCHA events. 

Big Valleys Lil Hana and Terrific Movement were second and third, respectively.

Amateur Boxing
Level 1 Amateur Boxing

Riskey Irish Whiskey and Donna Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colorado, won amateur boxing. Bred by AQHA Professional Horseman and Ranching Heritage Breeder Mike Major, the 2002 dun gelding is by Smart Whiskey Doc and out of Docs Creamy Miss by Docs Smoky Pine. In 2007, Riskey Irish Whiskey was the American Buckskin Registry Association reserve world champion in reining and working ranch horse. In 2015, the gelding finished third in the year-end amateur and Select amateur Versatility Ranch Horse high-point race. He has also competed in NRCHA events. 

Hot on the heels of their top-10 placing in ranch riding at the 2016 AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), Lil Miss Blue Hen and Patricia “Ma’am” Muhr took second in amateur boxing and first in the Level 1. Bred by Kalpowar Quarter Horses of Midland, Texas, Lil Miss Blue Hen is a 2002 blue roan mare by Just Plain Sugar and out of Miss Pine Bar Leo by Krogs Pappy Leo. The mare has also competed in NRCHA events. 

Circle Bar Ranch-bred Circle Bar Pistolcat finished third in boxing. Owned by Anthony and Rita Lauby of Fort Collins, Colorado, and ridden by Rita, the 2008 gray mare is by Circle Bar Pistol and out of Circle Bar Lenas Cat by Cat Silver. The mare has also competed in AQHA ranch riding classes. 

Second in the Level 1 was SCR Dualinforjewels, a 2007 bay roan gelding is by Dualwithme and out of SCR Sonita Doc by Docs My Tio, was bred by Conchas Ranch at Lamy, New Mexico. The gelding was ridden by Meredith Lubbock of Amarillo. 

Third in the Level 1 was Hondo Playinstylish, a 2012 sorrel gelding by Mr Playinstylish and out of the Tanquery Gin mare Hondo Canyon Rose. The gelding was ridden by Jimmy Lee Vick, is owned by Prairie Point Ranch and bred by Burnett Ranches. 

Youth Boxing

Kings Mojo and Michele Spencer took the win in youth boxing. Kings Mojo is a 2008 bay gelding by Pistol Playgun and out of Kings Damsel by China King. The horse was bred by the AQHA Best Remuda Ranch and Ranching Heritage Breeder Hal Bogle Estate of Dexter, New Mexico. Phoebe, who is from Hobbs, New Mexico, is also the horse’s owner. 

Open Ranch Riding

Trixies Sixes won open ranch riding, while Circle Bar Pistolcat placed third. 

The Mike Major-bred Callme Chic Stik was second in open ranch riding. The 2012 sorrel mare, who is by Chica Shine and out of Chicka Dynamite Stik by Dynamite Bravo Doc, is owned by Mary Beth Meier of Spicewood, Texas. The mare is also qualified in junior ranch riding at the 2016 Lucas Oil World. 

Amateur Ranch Riding

Little Cat Stik and Olivia Miller won amateur ranch riding, Circle Bar Pistolcat and Rita Lauby were second, and Hondo Playinstylish and Jimmy Lee Vick were third. 

Youth Ranch Riding

Kings Mojo and Michele Spencer won youth ranch riding.

Cowgirl Tari and Catelyn Walker were second in youth ranch riding and first in the Level 1. Cowgirl Tari is a 2012 black mare by Tenino Peppy Cowboy and out of Horse Thief Moon by Jae Bar Kerry. The mare was bred by Randy William Harris of Clovis, New Mexico, and is owned by Catelyn.

Level 1 Ranch Riding

SCR Dualinforjewels carried owner Meredith Lubbock of Amarillo to victory in the Level 1 ranch riding. The 2007 bay roan gelding is by Dualwithme and out of SCR Sonita Doc by Docs My Tio, and was bred by Conchas Ranch at Lamy, New Mexico.

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