Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge

Quahadi tops a tough field of 4-year-olds at Fort Worth, Texas.

Ranch Horse Journal

Boyd Rice and Quahadi won the 4-year-old class at the October 8 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

When the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s historic Snaffle Bit Futurity moved from its original home in Reno, Nevada, to Fort Worth, Texas, the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge that has been held in conjunction with the show moved, too.

The Challenge, held on October 8, saw entries triple over last year, with deep fields of horses in every division. Competitors enjoyed rich purses, as well as prizes for the top three horses in each class, sponsored by Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska, and Martin Saddlery.

Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges are open only to horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, although anyone can own and show these horses. Ranching Heritage Challenges this year will offer more than $90,000 in cash and prizes at six events held around the United States. AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses are eligible to compete in Challenges for their entire life, and also have the opportunity to earn special awards and money at major events, such as AQHA world championship shows.

Every horse that competes at a Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in 2017 is eligible to compete at the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals in June 2018 in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

To find out if your horse is eligible to compete in Ranching Heritage Challenges, call 806-376-4811, or check the list of current Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Open 4-Year-Old
On any given day, any one of the quality 4-year-olds contesting the open 4-year-old class could have taken home a check, but on this day, it was Boyd Rice and Quahadi topping the class. The pair earned a check worth $1,540 for owner and breeder, Ranching Heritage Breeder Burnett Ranches LLC.

The powerful roan stallion topped the class with a 145 score. He is an experienced cow horse and is qualified for the junior working cow horse class at the 2017 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in November in Oklahoma City.

Quahadi shares his name with a tribe of Comanche Indians led by the legendary chief Quanah Parker. The horse is a 2013 stallion by Bet Hesa Cat and out of the Tanquery Gin mare Ginnin Attraction. As such, he is a half-brother of Four Sixes Ranch sire Playin Attraction (by Playin Stylish, $109,072), sire of world champion Versatility Ranch Horse Paddys Prince.

Finishing second was Luke Jones aboard Stylish Whizard (Mr Playinstylish-Lean N Stylish by Docs Stylish Oak), earning $1,155. The bay stallion is owned by Pamela Wolfe of Denton, Nebraska.

Stylish Whizard was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief of Fort Worth. He has earned $11,457 to date in NRCHA competition.

Third, earning $770, was Ben Baldus aboard Playin Motown, who a few weeks ago won the class at the Amarillo Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge. The gelding, owned by Catelyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, was also bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief in partnership with Lee Tennison. He is also by Mr Playinstylish and out of the Mr Peponita Flo mare Mo Flo.

Limited Open 4-Year-Old
Winning the limited 4-year-old class was Obbie Schlom-Hefner and Twenty Will Do, earning $840 in addition to prizes.

The Cat Man Do mare was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate and is owned by Clyde Metzler of Topeka, Kansas. She is out of the Poco King Tuck mare King Tucks Miss.

Finishing second, earning $560, was Charles Roybal aboard his own Playin For Style (Mr Playinstylish-Royal Red Scooter by Royal Fletch). The sorrel mare was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief.

Open 5- and 6-Year-Old
For the second time in two months’ time, Matt Koch and his own This Cats Sinful won the open 5- and 6-year-old class, picking up a check worth $1,625.

The Ault, Colorado-based cowboy marked a 147.5, the highest mark given to an open rider on the day. The pair have earned more than $18,000 in combined earnings in NRCHA and Ranching Heritage Challenge events. They also won the class at the Pueblo Challenge.

This Cats Sinful is a 2012 mare by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Freckles Playboy mare Sinful Playgirl. She was bred by Cowan Select Horses LLC of Havre, Montana. She is a sibling to several performers, most notably full brother Sinful Cat ($105,183).

Finishing second was Wade Meador and Lil Miss Wright (Hes Wright On-Shiney Senorita by Shining Spark). Owned by Darren Roberts of Kent, New York, the 2012 mare earned $812.50. She has earned $11,506 in NRCHA competition. The mare, bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner of Ashland, Kansas, is out of a mare who herself earned $52,719 and has produced the earners of more than $85,500.

Third in the class, earning $812, was Trixies Sixes and Justin Stanton. The Burnett Ranches-bred stallion is owned by Camille Farris Briggs of Lubbock, Texas. Trixies Sixes (Sixes Pick-Trixie Petie by Paseos Paisano) was the winner of the 4-year-old and limited 4-year-old classes at the 2016 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, as well as being a finalist at the 2016 Zoetis VRH World Championships.

Limited Open 5- and 6-Year-Old
Jecca Ostrander of Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year Box O Quarter Horses rode her own homebred Boxo Valentines Cat to win the limited division of the 5- and 6-year-old open class. The pair earned $1,200 for that placing.

Boxo Valentines Cat is a buckskin daughter of Palo Duro Cat and out of the Roan Ambrose mare Tracis Blue Roan. The mare has earned more than $14,000 in reined cow horse and Ranching Heritage competition.

Finishing second was Tack Louthan and Howard Haythorn’s Hey San Kai (Hey Houston-San Kai 124 by Peppy San Kai).

New Mexico cowboy Adam Raney was also a repeat winner aboard Ten O Sea Moonshine.

The cremello stallion is bred and owned by Mikael Nixon of Nara Visa, New Mexico, and in late August, the horse and Adam won the cowboy class at the Challenge in Pueblo. For their Fort Worth win, they brought home the day’s single-largest check, worth a whopping $2,125. From only two Challenge runs in two months, they have made $4,425.

Ten O Sea Moonshine is a 2013 son of Ten O Sea out of the Chichasha Man mare Girl Named Sam. The stallion last year won the incentive class at the Caprock Ranchers Association Futurity.

Amateur Working Ranch Horse
If you think amateur competition is easier than open, that certainly wasn’t the case at this event – the single-highest score of the entire show was marked by amateur winner Paul Bailey on his stallion Cruze Mode. They marked a 148 to earn their winning check of $1,125.

Cruze Mode is a 2009 stallion by Wimpys Little Step and is out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Smart Lassie Chick. He was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate and is owned by Paul and his wife, Amy, who showed the stallion in ranch riding later in the day.

A finalist at the AQHA World Show in both working cow horse and ranch riding, Cruze Mode has earnings in excess of $35,000 in competition. He is also a sire – his oldest foals are 3-year-olds this year.

Finishing second with a 146.5 was Myles Brown and Ima Wynna RAB (PG Shogun-Right On Eddie RAB by Right On Tivio). Bred and owned by Rob A. Brown of Stinnett, Texas, the 2012 gelding earned $937.50.

Third was Terry Stuart Forst of Waurika, Oklahoma, aboard her own Seven S Indian Maid (Hickorys Indian Pep-Seven S Fiesta by Playgun). The 2012 mare earned $750, which will be added to career earnings that already exceed $26,000.

Level 1 Working Ranch Horse
Julia Roberts Winders of Canyon, Texas, rode Dualinwiththeladies to win the Novice amateur working ranch horse, earning $575 for their effort.

Dualinwiththeladies is a 2007 sorrel gelding by Dualwithme out of the mare SCR Ginnin Lady, a daughter of The Hot Express. The gelding, who also has NRCHA earnings, was bred by the Conchas Ranch division of AQHA Best Remuda winner Singleton Ranches.

The pair returned later that day to also win the amateur ranch riding class.

Amateur Limited Ranch Horse
Level 1 Limited Ranch Horse
Another 2007 Dualwithme gelding bred by Conchas Ranch, SCR Dualinforjewels, won both the amateur limited ranch horse and Level 1 limited ranch horse with owner Meredith Lubbock of Amarillo aboard. The pair earned $1,170 between the two classes.

SCR Dualinforjewels is out of the Docs My Tio mare SCR Sonita Doc. The pair were also the winners of the same classes at the Pueblo Challenge and were second at the Amarillo Challenge.

Finishing second in both classes at Fort Worth was Wayne Hanson of Creston, Iowa, and Ill Be Stylish (Mr Playinstylish-Lean Little Lena by Smart Little Lena). The Kit and Charlie Moncrief-bred mare has more than $7,000 in NRCHA earnings.

Youth Working Ranch Horse
Fresh off their ranch riding world championship at the 2017 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show, Gracie Jacobs and Wild Card Jackson captured the youth working ranch horse class, earning $320.

The palomino gelding is owned by her grandparents, Larry and Beverly Jacobs, and was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Louis Waters of Utopia, Texas. He is by Wild Card Dun It and out of the Cols Lil Pepper mare Cols Lil Amy.

Mr Stylish Cat (Mr Playinstylish-Lil Sally Cat by High Brow Cat) and Gage Gardiner were second in the class. The Kit and Charlie Moncrief-bred gelding is owned by Garth and Amanda Gardiner.

Youth Boxing
Level 1 Youth Boxing
Youth Ranch Riding
Douglas McDaniel of Portland, Indiana, rode CR Tuffs Magic Tonic to win both the youth and Level 1 youth boxing, earning a combined $230. They came back to win the youth ranch riding and earned $80 for that ride.

The 2011 mare was bred by Center Ranch and is by Woody Be Tuff and out of Miss Oak Tonic, by Little Peppy Oak. She has earned more than $18,000 in NRCHA competition.

Open Ranch Riding
The winner in the open ranch riding was 5-year-old Trixies Sixes, who earned $426 for the smooth run, bringing his earnings on the day to $1,238.

Ridden by trainer Justin Stanton, the Sixes Pick stallion is owned by Camille Farris Briggs of Lubbock, Texas. The pair were third in the 5- and 6-year-old open class earlier in the day.

The next two competitors finished just a nose behind in the score, a half-point behind the winner and in a dead-heat – Boxo Heavens Blue and Cruze Mode tied for second. Each earned a second-place check worth $266.25.

Boxo Heavens Blue (SNW Heavens King-Snippy Blue Card by Masie’s Blue) was ridden by his breeder and owner Jecca Ostrander. Amateur working ranch horse winner Cruze Mode was this time ridden by Amy Bailey.

Amateur Ranch Riding
Level 1 amateur working ranch horse winner Julia Roberts Winders returned to take the amateur ranch riding aboard Dualinwiththeladies.

The pair had a strong, smooth run that marked a solid 75 and topped a class of 13 competitors. They earned $361.50, bringing their day’s earnings to $936.50.

Finishing second and earning $301.25 was recent Adequan® Select World Championship Show world champion Darleen Wood aboard Master Pryor (Master Merada-Little Can Can Girl by Hickorys Little Boon). Wood was also fifth with her world champion partner, Wright Olena.

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