Ranching Heritage Challenge

Ft. Worth Ranching Heritage Challenge kicks off the year.

Ranch Horse Journal

Seven S Lotsofstyle wins the 4-year-old class at the first Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge of the year. PHOTO: Ranch Horse Journal

It took lots of style to win at the first Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge of 2017, held January 12 at the Ft. Worth Stock Show in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Specifically, it took Seven S Lotsofstyle, ridden by Robert Forst, to top the 4-year-old Working Ranch Horse class with a solid 148 score and earning $1,590 for the run.

Forst rode his family’s homebred mare, a bay by Stylish Rey out of the Playgun mare Seven S Fiesta. Later in the day, Terry Stuart Forst would ride half-sister Seven S Indian Maid to earn a solid check in the amateur class.

Myles Brown was second aboard Eddies Lacy RAB, earning $1,325. This gray mare bred and owned by Rob A. Brown is by Hesa Eddie Hancock and out of the Flying X 6 mare Shesa Eddie X Lady. Shawn Hays was third with TR Kitty to earn $1,060. TR Kitty is a homebred for the Hal Bogle Estate and is a mare by TR Dual Rey and out of the Smart Aristocrat mare Aristos Painted Cat.

Tack Louthan guided Sparkin Houston to win the limited 4-year-old class, earning a check worth $1,140. The Haythorn Ranch Co.-bred and owned mare is by Hey Houston and out of the WR Swinging Whiskey mare WR Whiskey Spark.

Shawn Holden finished second and third in the division with Pistols Rapper Pride and Grays Double Pistol, respectively, earning a combined $855. Both are M-Heart Corp. bred-and-owned horses sired by Scottys Pistol. Pistols Rapper Pride is a gelding out of the Smart Little Rapper mare Rappers Pride. Grays Double Pistol is a mare out of the Right This Minnick mare Grays Double Minnick.


Earning the top score of the entire Challenge was AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major aboard Kings Melody in the 5- and 6-year-old class, with an impressive 151 – a 74 in the reining and a 77 in the cow work. They earned $900 for the victory.

The 5-year-old gelding is owned by Roy Fischer’s Double F Ranch of Cherokee, Texas, and was bred by Wagonhound Land and Livestock LLC. Kings Melody is by Genuine Masterpiece and out of the Playgun mare Playguns Melody.

Kings Melody has earned more than $7,200 in National Reined Cow Horse Association earnings.

The Rob A. Brown-bred Ima Wynna RAB (PG Shogun-Right On Eddie RAB by Right On Tivio), with Myles Brown aboard, was second, earning $750. Major also earned third with the help of Reata B Rejoicing (CDs Boonolena-Roosters Note by Roosters Shorty), a placing worth $600 for owner Jody Wilson Brooks.

In the limited division of the class, Tack Louthan picked up his second winner’s check of the day, this time aboard Hey San Kai and earning $940 plus prizes for breeder and owner Howard Haythorn of Maxwell, Nebraska. The Hey Houston gelding is out of the Peppy San Kai mare San Kai 124, and is a past Ranching Heritage Challenge and NRCHA money earner.

Dusty Burson finished second aboard Smart Ingredient in the limited division, picking up a $705 check for breeder and owner Burnett Ranches LLC. Smart Ingredient is a 5-year-old gelding by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Peppy San Badger mare Natural Ingredient. Gatlin Duncan rode his own Gray Hope Stik (Smart Whiskey Doc-Hope Stik by Rails Skipper Pine) to finish third, earning $470. The gray gelding was bred by Mike Major.

Birgit Self showed her own Smart Kwackin Boon to a narrow edge in the amateur class, topping the list of riders by only a half point.

Self, of Pilot Point, Texas, rode the Peptoboonsmal mare to earn an impressive 148.5 and picking up the first-place check worth $1,200. The 8-year-old sorrel mare was bred by Singleton Ranches of Lamy, New Mexico, and is out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Smart Crackin Chic.

Smart Kwackin Boon last year was a finalist at the Built Ford Tough Youth World Championship Show and has National Reined Cow Horse Association earnings.

Peptoboonsmal is a leading sire in cow horse events, and her dam herself is a six-figure earner and significant producer, led by Metallic Cat-sired full sisters Mistresssis ($118,151) and Metallic Mistress ($100,337).

Terry Stuart Forst of Waurika, Oklahoma, finished second with a 148 to earn $1,000 aboard the 5-year-old mare Seven S Indian Maid (Hickorys Indian Pep-Seven S Fiesta by Playgun), a half sister to 4-year-old winner Seven S Lotsofstyle. Seven S Indian Maid has NRCHA earnings of more than $24,000.

Myles Brown was third aboard Royalrock Hancockrab (PG Shogun-Driftin Gray Eddie by Hesa Eddie Hancock), earning $800.

Singleton Ranch’s good day continued as their representative Brad Shadle topped a full slate of hard-riding hands to win the cowboy class aboard SCR Metallic Chic, with a 146.5 score. The pair earned $960.

True Burson and Burnett Ranches LLC’s Terrific Movement (Playin Stylish-Cowgirl Movement by Tanquery Gin) were second, earning $800. Buster Frierson aboard Select Guns (Playgun-Select Ingredient by Tanquery Gin) was third to earn $640.

SCR Metallic Chic is a 2011 mare by Metallic Cat out of Smart Crackin Chic, the dam of amateur winner Smart Kwackin Boon, and a full sister to National Cutting Horse Association earners Mistresssis and Metallic Mistress. Metallic Cat is a 12-year-old red roan son of High Brow Cat whose progeny earnings exceed $10 million, and include recent Working Ranch Cowboy Association World Championships Top Horse Four Metallic. 

Kelley Haythorn of Arthur, Nebraska, topped the amateur boxing class aboard FF Classy Mr, earning a check worth $720.

Meredith Lubbock aboard SCR Dualinforjewels was second, earning $480.

FF Classy Mr is a 10-year-old red roan son of Figure Four 437 out of the Figure Four Fritz mare Miss Por Four Vor bred and owned by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Haythorn Land and Cattle Co. The horse has $3,024 in NRCHA earnings.


Kora Bower of Forestburg, Texas, and Fletchs Gun won the youth boxing class with a 139, earning $60.

The First Fletch mare and her young rider earned a 139 to top the class. She has previous NRCHA and Heritage Challenge earnings.

Bred by Burnett Ranches LLC, Fletchs Gun is out of the Playgun mare Little Playgun.

Blake Dunkel and the W.T. Waggoner Estate-bred Bo Baby (Cat Man Do-Bo Baby Doll by Mr Sorrel Bo) were second, earning $40.

Topping the novice youth class was Charles Lee aboard Sassy Greyt Lady.

Hailing from McAllen, Texas, Lee’s mare is by Greyt Whiz and out of the Poco Tuck Zero mare Sassy Lady Zero and was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate.

Catelyn Walker and Cowgirl Tari (Teninos Peppy Cowboy-Horse Thief Moon by Jae Bar Kerry) were second. Cowgirl Tari was bred by Randy William Harris in New Mexico.

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