Ranching Heritage Challenge

Ranch horses shine at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

Ranch Horse Journal

This Cats Sinful and Matt Koch. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

The National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, Nevada, annually showcases many of the top cow horses in the sport. On September 24, the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge joined the lineup of events and showcased Ranching Heritage-bred horses among those stars.

Every one of the horses who competed in this $15,000-added Challenge is eligible to compete at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, set to be held in conjunction with the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in Houston in March.

4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Limited Open 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Matt Koch rode his own This Cats Sinful to win the $2,500-added Open 4-Year-Old class, earning a check worth $1,860, plus prizes. The filly is a Cowan Select Horses LLC-bred daughter of WR This Cats Smart and out of the Freckles Playboy mare Sinful Playgirl. The filly already has NRCHA earnings of $3,509.

Nick Dowers was second aboard Clinton Marshall’s One Time Special (One Time Pepto-Very Special Peppy by Peppy San Badger), a sorrel gelding bred by Zoetis Best Remuda winner Bartlett Ranch. This gelding is a half-sibling to Very Shortly (NCHA $31,371), Very Special Bet (NCHA $60,608), Very Special Cat (NCHA $75,074) and Smooth Bellingrath (NRCHA $42,709).

Seven S Calico Cat, ridden by Robert Forst, was third. The sorrel mare is by Catty Hawk and out of Seven S Gun Moll, and is bred and owned by Terry Stuart Forst of Waurika, Oklahoma.

The Stinnett, Texas, based family of Rob A. Brown continue their success at this year’s Ranching Heritage Challenges, as Myles Brown rode horses to win four classes in the day. He was also a big winner at Pueblo, and Lydia Brown won in Amarillo. The first of Myles' Reno winners was the Limited Open 4-Year-Old with Ima Wynna RAB, pulling in a $1,200 check. Ima Wynna RAB is a gray gelding by PG Shogun and out of the Right On Tivio mare Right On Eddie RAB.

Another Rob A. Brown bred-and-owned horse, Duke Hancock RAB (PG Shogun-Ms Eddie Queene by Heza Eddie Hancock), was second in the limited, with Jason Eicke aboard.

5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Limited Open 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
A very competitive field of horses contested the 5- and 6-Year Old class, with Mr Stylish Cat finishing on top. The Mr Playinstylish stallion was ridden by Tucker Robinson for breeders and owners Kit and Charlie Moncrief of Fort Worth, Texas.

Mr Stylish Cat earned a check worth $1,770, adding to a record that already includes finishing third in the Snaffle Bit Futurity with earnings of $66,726 and being a finalist in the Junior Working Cow Horse at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show.

Silver Spur Operating Co. LLC’s Metallic Masterpiece was second, earning $1,180 plus prizes. The sorrel stallion bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC (Metallic Cat-Kings Masterpiece by Peppy San Badger) was ridden by Kyle Trahern.

Matt Koch was third aboard Dual With A Shiner (Reys Dual Badger-Miss Shiner Dear by Shining Spark), a homebred for Wagonhound.

Myles Brown picked up the win and a check worth $1,100 in the Limited Open 5-and-6-Year-Old class aboard Royalrock Hancockrab (PG Shogun-Driftin Gray Eddie by Hesa Eddie Hancock), a gray gelding bred and owned by Rob A. Brown.

Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Brown and Royalrock Hancockrab wheeled back to also take the win in the amateur class, picking up another $1,440 check.

BOXO Heavens Blue (SNW Heavens King-Snippy Blue Card by Masie’s Blue) and owner/breeder/exhibitor Jecca Ostrander of Gordon, Nebraska, were second, earning $920.

Tom Coolahan of Hermosa, South Dakota, and High On Whitches (Peptos Blueprint-High On Cuero by Smart Lil Highbrow) were third. High On Whitches was bred by Jim and Ethel Whitcher of Scenic, South Dakota.

Cowboy Class
The $2,000-added Cowboy Class also belonged to Brown, with the help of Ima Wynna RAB. They earned $1,380 for the win.

JP Colonel Blackcatt, ridden by breeder and owner Ty Van Norman of Tuscarora, Nevada, was second, earning $920. The black stallion is by Sophisticated Catt and out of the Colonel Zippo Pine mare Whispering Rae. Tyler Holzum and his own homebred Foxy Shine (Codys Shining Spark-Foxy Kid Oh by You Are Kidding) were third.

Amateur Boxing
Bill Muncaster guided his homebred DMR Taris Cat (Smooth As A Cat-Royal Billy Boy by Billy Mans Last) to win the amateur boxing, and earned $1,050. The gelding was bred by Muncaster’s Diamond M Ranch and Cattle Co. of Decatur, Texas. The horse has already earned $3,658 in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition.

Open Ranch Riding
Amateur Ranch Riding
The ultra-consistent BOXO Heavens Blue stepped up to win both the open ranch horse pleasure and the amateur ranch riding classes with breeder/owner/exhibitor Jecca Ostrander aboard.

They picked up $645 for winning the open, and another $1,050 for the amateur.

Ty Van Norman and JP Colonel Blackcatt were second in the open, earning $430.

High On Whitches and Tom Coolahan were second in the amateur.

Youth Boxing
Youth Ranch Riding
Jasper Patrick of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, rode confidently to win both the youth boxing and youth ranch riding classes aboard Jason Patrick’s Doctor J Stik.

Doctor J Stik is a 5-year-old sorrel gelding by Love A Little Devil and out of the Doc’s J Jay mare Doctor J Ellen, bred by Mike and Holly Major of Bowie, Texas. The gelding is a NRCHA money earner.

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