Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge

A Wyoming-bred closes down the year's Challenges in Montana.

Ranch Horse Journal

Magic Lookin Cat and Matt Kelly (Andrea Caudill photo)

The Ranching Heritage program was created to promote American Quarter Horses bred by Ranching Heritage Breeders, and the versatile, sound and willing horses that are ranch-born and -raised. Ranching Heritage Breeders are those who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use in working cattle.

The Ranching Heritage program also increases the rewards for eligible horses competing in the show ring. 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 offered more than $90,000 in cash and prizes at six events held around the United States, the final one of which was held October 18 at the N.I.L.E. in Billings, Montana.

Entries were up at the event, which featured great weather and great horses.

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 Working Ranch Horse
Quality young horses demonstrated their skills in the open 4-year-old class, and it was ultimately a tour de force for Wagonhound Land & Livestock of Douglas, Wyoming, as its two entries finished one-two. Both horses were ridden by Matt Kelly.

Magic Lookin Cat was first, earning a 145 score and a check worth $1,820. Shining Smart Cat was second and earned $1,365.

Magic Lookin Cat is by the ranch’s WR This Cats Smart and out of the Chics Magic Potion mare Shiner Dear Magic. The palomino gelding, who is an active ranch horse at Wagonhound, also won the same class at the Rapid City Ranching Heritage Challenge.

Shining Smart Cat is also a palomino by WR This Cats Smart. She is out of the Shining Spark mare Miss Shiner Dear, and she also competed at Rapid City, finishing third in that class.

The Cowan Select-bred Diamond Lovin Lass was third, and earned $910. She is owned by Linn and Kevin Krieg of McAllister, Montana, and was shown by Mike Hoffman. The red roan mare is by Nics Black Diamond and out of the Boonlight Dancer mare Boonlights Lass.

Limited 4-Year-Old Open
Riding for Zoetis-AQHA Best Remuda winner Silver Spur Operating Co. of Encampment, Wyoming, Katie Walker rode Seven S Hot Date to win the limited division of the 4-year-old class, earning $1,080.

Seven S Hot Date is a brown mare bred by another Best Remuda-winning operation, the historic Stuart Ranch of Waurika, Oklahoma. She is by Very Smart Remedy and out of the Peptos Stylish Oak mare Seven S Cattle Kate.

Finishing second was SF Light Of Boon, who was shown by Andy Hansen. Andy owns the horse with Megan Hansen. They are based out of Joice, Iowa, and got the mare earlier this year from breeders Michael and Kim St. Clair of Kahoka, Missouri. They earned $810 for second.

The red roan mare is by Boonlight Wilson and out of the Figure Four Jay mare Four Git Jay.

Boxo Heavens Josie (SNW Heavens King-Swift Cardinos Jhira by Swift Eagle 0300) was third, with owner Stetson Ostrander aboard, earning $540.

5- and 6-Year-Old Open Working Ranch Horse
Playboy Cisco proved himself just as talented as he is beautiful in the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class, topping the class and posting the highest cow score of the day with an eyebrow-raising 76. With rider Levi Grimes, the stallion earned $900 for the win.

They also topped the open ranch riding later in the day.

The 5-year-old was bred and is owned by Jim and Joni Hunt's Open Box Rafter Ranch at Faith, South Dakota. He is a son of the Freckles Playboy stallion Two Timin Freckles and out of the Sun Frost-bred mare Anne Cisco. He began showing this summer, and has earned a cumulative eight points in Versatility Ranch Horse, reining, ranch riding and cattle events.

Matt Kelly, who was first and second in the 4-year-old division, settled for second in this class aboard his own Smart Approach (WR This Cats Smart-Model Approach by Tanquery Gin). The Wagonhond Land & Livestock-bred earned $750.

Third was Holly Gundlach aboard her family’s stallion Gimmie A Gun (Playgun-Gimmie A Little Sugar by Smart Little Lena). Bred by AQHA Best Remuda winner Bartlett Ranch, San Jon Ranch acquired the gray stallion in 2014. They earned $600 for the run. Holly was also fourth in the class aboard the ranch’s homebred mare Slipknott (Diamond J Star-Cinnamon Knot by Texas Stray), earning an additional $450.

Limited 5- and 6-Year-Old Open Working Ranch Horse
Raelyn Gilmore rode the buckskin stallion Two ID Sweet Buck for owner and breeder Henry Tien of Tien Quarter Horses in Prairie View, Kansas, and won the limited 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse while providing one of the fastest and cleanest roping throws of the day. For the win, they earned a cool $1,300 check.

The stallion is by Two ID Sweet Jack and out of the Two Eyed Red Buck mare Bay Lady Two Eyed. The experienced stallion has earned more than 48 AQHA points. At the 2016 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show, he finished in the top five in the Level 2 junior heeling, and earlier this year, he was top 10 at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in the open division.

Finishing second was Johann Thomasson aboard Haidin Bueno Poco (Busy Haidin-Befour Poco Bueno by Poco Bueno Image). The 5-year-old buckskin gelding was bred by Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. and owned by Trent and Dawn Martin.

Cowboy
The hard-working buckskin mare Beck With Senorita carried breeder and owner Kristy Crago Schmidt to win the cowboy class, earning a solid $1,280 check to add to her earnings over the day.

Schmidt and her family ranch their Crago Cattle Co. at Belle Fourche, South Dakota, and raise solid horses like this 10-year-old mare. Beck With Senorita is by Beckwith Playboy, and is out of the Mr Senor Fox mare Senorita Ann Fox. With the day’s earnings, she boosts her Ranching Heritage Challenge earnings to just shy of $4,000. Beck With Senorita is also a mare of many careers – she had a 2015 foal by Irish Pay they named Irish Beckwith.

Seven S Hot Date and Katie Walker were second, earning an additional $960.

Two ID Sweet Buck and Raelyn Gilmore were third, earning $640.

Amateur Working Ranch Horse
The young Boxo Heavens Josie was truly showing her polish at Billings, and the crown jewel in her collection of checks was her win in the amateur class, which earned her $975 for owner and exhibitor Stetson Ostrander of Gordon, Nebraska.

The SNW Heavens King mare was bred in the name of Stetson’s mother, Jecca, for the family’s Box O Quarter Horses, which won the inaugural Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year award. Boxo Heavens Josie is out of the Swift Eagle 0300 mare Swift Cardinos Jhira.

Kristy Schmidt was also showing a homebred in the amateur class, and plucked a second-place check worth $812 aboard Beck With Senorita. This team also won the cowboy class.

Josh Lilley was third in the amateur class aboard his own Mr Chevy Four Chex (Mr Chevy Tough-Four Bar Drifter by Figure Four Chex). Lilley is based out of Strong City, Kansas, and got the 4-year-old Haythorn Land & Cattle Co. gelding this summer. They earned $650 for third.

Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse
While winning the amateur class, Boxo Heavens Josie and Stetson Ostrander also took the Level 1 division, earning an additional $140.

Wendi Lankister and Wright Cut (Hes Wright On-Diamonds With Style by Playin Stylish) were second, earning $105.

Wendi and Keith Lankister run Lankister Livestock at Glenrock, Wyoming, and have owned the 7-year-old mare for the past three years. Wright Cut was bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner of Ashland, Kansas, and she is a full sister to Wright Style, who recently finished seventh in the heading division of the $292,000 American Rope Horse Futurity held in Fort Worth, Texas.

Beck With Senorita and Kristy Schmidt were third, earning $70.

Youth Working Ranch Horse
Diamonds Miss 049 carried her owner Randi Klind of Glasgow, Montana, to win the youth working ranch horse to win $137.50.

The 5-year-old buckskin mare was bred by Allen Munger of Brockway, Montana. The NRCHA money earner is by LW Playguns Diamond and out of the Glo Dun Smoke mare Miss Glo Smoke 049.

Level 1 Youth Working Ranch Horse
Colter Martin and his reliable partner, JS Uniquely Yours, teamed up for another victory at a Ranching Heritage Challenge; this time, it was the Level 1 youth working ranch horse, and earned them $37.50.

The dun gelding is owned and bred by Colter’s grandparents, James and Darlene Swenson, and is by Two D Driftwood and out of the CB Doc Drifter mare CB Sabre Mist.

Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Chelsea McLeod of Fort Collins, Colorado, rode her own Four Bay Blood to win the limited amateur working ranch horse and collected a $690 check.

Four Bay Blood is a 5-year-old mare by SDP Blue Blood and out of the Figure Four Chex mare Four Bay 58. She was bred by Haythorn Land & Cattle Co., and also actively competes in reined cow horse.

Sierra Bateman was second with CC Mirage Of Doc (A Sure Doc-CC Doc Mirages Girl by CC Ima Cow Doctor). The 5-year-old was bred by Clint Casterline of Wolf Point, Montana, and earned $460.

Level 1 Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Stevies Pepper proved hot enough in the Level 1 limited amateur working ranch horse. The 11-year-old gelding carried Kimberlee Gabel to win the class.

The gelding, owned by Ronnie Jay Grinstead of Ault, Colorado, is by Annies Little Pepper and out of the Hickorys Advantage mare Stevies Advantage. He was bred by Frank and Jerri Lynn Kenzy of Iona, South Dakota, and has more than $11,000 in competition earnings in his career.

Limited Youth Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Limited Youth Working Ranch Horse
The Bartlett Ranch-bred Ima Special Payday paid off for Wyoming-based exhibitor Sydnee Roady with a win in both the limited youth working ranch horse and the Level 1 division of the class.

Ima Special Payday is a gelding owned by Dean Barent of Worland, Wyoming, and is by Very Special Playgun and out of the Preferred Pay mare Pay Kelly N Silver.

Open Ranch Riding
After winning the 5- and 6-year old working ranch horse class earlier in the day, Levi Grimes and Playboy Cisco added a thick layer of icing to their day by winning the open ranch riding with a smart 75.5 score, earning $540.

The 5-year-old golden palomino stallion by Two Timin Freckles is owned by Jim and Joni Hunt of Faith, South Dakota.

Both Stetson Ostrander aboard Boxo Heavens Josie and Raeylyn Gilmore and Two ID Sweet Buck earned 74.5 marks, but the tie-breaker for second went to Ostrander, while Gilmore was third.

Ostrander's flashy 4-year-old mare stepped up with a solid run to earn $432 more toward their day’s earnings.

Amateur Ranch Riding
Wheeling back from the open class, Stetson Ostrander and Boxo Heavens Josie also won the amateur ranch riding with a 75 score.

The pair closed their day with a check worth $396.

Dawn Martin and JS Star N Valentines were second, earning $316. The bay is a homebred for James and Darlene Swenson and their Swenson-Martin Horses and Cattle of Beulah, North Dakota. He is by Jana Red Hancock and out of the Ruanos C Wood mare MG Copper Wood.

Stetson was also third with his young Boxo Chicas Merada (Weavers Merada Joe-Freckles O Chic by Smart Chic Olena). The 3-year-old is a homebred for his family’s Box O Quarter Horses and earned $237.

Youth Ranch Riding
Randi Klind and Diamonds Miss 049 returned after winning the youth working ranch horse to also win the youth ranch riding.

They marked a 73 and earned $50.

JS Uniquely Yours and Colter Martin were second.

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