Top RHB at Select World

Wright Olena named top Ranching Heritage-bred at Adequan ® Select World Championship Show.

Ranch Horse Journal

Wright Olena and Darleen Wood. PHOTO: Journal Photo

The 10-year-old gelding Wright Olena was named the top AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horse at the 2017 Adequan ® Select World Championship Show, which was held in Amarillo on August 25 - September 2.

Wright Olena and Darleen Wood of Goodyear, Arizona, were the world champions in working cow horse at the event. In addition to the prizes they earned for that accomplishment, as the Top RHB of the show, Wright Olena’s owner, Bill Wood, and breeder, Kalpowar Quarter Horses, will each receive a $250 cash prize.

Wright Olena is by Lenas Wright On and out of the Grays Starlight mare Starlight Playmate. He was bred in Texas by the Midland-based Kalpowar Quarter Horses. His dam, Starlight Playmate, is herself a two-time reserve world champion in junior working cow horse, in 2001-02, and earned more than $25,700 in her career. She has produced the earners of more than $90,000 in combined National Cutting Horse and National Reined Cow Horse association earnings.

The AQHA Ranching Heritage program highlights the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses that are ranch-born and -raised.

Only the horses produced by Ranching Heritage Breeders are eligible to participate in the program, but anyone can own and show these horses. Ranching Heritage Breeders are those who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use in working cattle.

Ranching Heritage-bred horses are the only horses eligible to compete in Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, which each year offer more than $90,000 in cash and prizes at events that promote their abilities as a ranch horse. These Challenges are open to any horse bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Anyone can own and show these eligible and enrolled horses in the Challenges, which offer multiple divisions for various ages and skill levels for both horse and rider. Classes include working ranch horse, ranch riding, team roping and barrel racing.

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