Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge
World champions Take A Pick and Lanham Brown continue their winning ways.
By Andrea Caudill | September 5, 2017
Ranch Horse Journal
Reigning Versatility Ranch Horse cowboy world champions Take A Pick and Lanham Brown continued their winning ways at the August 31 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge held at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
The pair won not only the open 4-year-old working ranch horse class at the event, but also the amateur working ranch horse class.
4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Take A Pick this spring was the cowboy world champion at the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show with Lanham Brown aboard, and after a brief hiatus to work as a herd sire for owner R.A. Brown Ranch, the son of VRH world champion Sixes Pick has picked right back where he left off.
A winner at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at Rapid City in June, the team continued to showed his quality with a 287.5 composite score across the two judges to earn the first-place check worth $1,820 in the 4-year-old class. The class offered $3,500 in added money.
Take A Pick was bred by the Burnett Ranch and is out of the Playgun mare Sixes Playgun, making him a full-brother to reserve world champion Sixes Sixgun. The R.A. Brown Ranch, based in Throckmorton, Texas, acquired him as a yearling.
Kyle Trahern was second aboard Shining Smart Cat, a palomino mare bred and owned by Wagonhound Land and Livestock of Douglas, Wyoming. The mare, who marked a 283.5, earned $1,365 for the placing. She is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Shining Spark mare Miss Shiner Dear.
Lanham was third in the class with his Wagonhound-bred mare Sparks Smart (Genuine Masterpiece-Chics Pretty Tari by Smart Chic Olena); they earned a check worth $910 for that run.
Limited 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
At last year’s Colorado Ranching Heritage Challenge, Jane and Scott Bagley of Dimmitt, Texas, won big with their homebred mare Dry Blue Grass. This year, they returned to win the Limited 4-Year-Old class with homebred Legal Cut.
Like Dry Blue Grass, Legal Cut is by Spooks Bluestem, but this mare is out of their homebred Taris Judge mare Baywatch Jury. The bay mare was ridden in the $1,500-added class by Jeb Stoltzfus, and marked a solid 281.5 to earn their first-place winnings of $1,170.
She is a half-sister to performers Bueno Meadno (by Bueno Starlight), Allocution (by Shine Big Time) and Custody Cat (by Sophisticated Catt).
In the limited class, Tack Louthan rode Howard Haythorn’s homebred Sparkin Houston (Hey Houston-WR Whiskey Spark by WR Swinging Whiskey) to finish second, earning $780.
5/6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
If you’d seen This Cats Sinful work and win last year as a 4-year-old, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see her do the same as she joins the 5-and-6-year-old division. With owner Matt Koch aboard, the pair marked the highest score of the day in the $1,500-added class – a composite score of 296. They pulled a check worth $1,080, adding to the mare’s earnings which currently exceed $19,000.
This Cats Sinful was bred by Cowan Select Horses LLC of Havre, Montana, and is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Freckles Playboy mare Sinful Playgirl. Her dam’s progeny earnings are in excess of $150,000 across all disciplines, headlined by full-brother Sinful Cat ($105,183).
Kyle Trahern was second aboard Metallic Masterpiece (Metallic Cat-Kings Masterpiece by Peppy San Badger), with the second-highest score of the day, a 294, and earning $810. The stallion was bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock and is owned by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Silver Spur Operating Co.
Limited 5/6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
In the $1,000-added limited division, Tack Louthan and Hey San Kai earned a $950 check on behalf of owner and breeder Howard Haythorn of Maxwell, Nebraska.
The Hey Houston gelding is out of the Peppy San Kai mare San Kai 124, and has more than $5,800 in reined cow horse and Ranching Heritage Challenge earnings.
Jecca Ostrander of Gordon, Nebraska, aboard her homebred BOXO Valentines Cat (Palo Duro Cat-Tracis Blue Roan by Roan Ambrose) was second, earning $570.
Aboard the cremello stallion Ten O Sea Moonshine, Adam Raney won the cowboy class and earned a check worth $2,300.
Ten O Sea Moonshine is bred and owned by Mikael Nixon of Nara Visa, New Mexico, and is by Ten O Sea and out of the Chicasha Man mare Girl Named Sam. He is a half-brother to performer Tanquery Man (by Tanquery Gin).
Cooper McCleskey was second aboard the Silver Spur Operating Co.’s One Eyed Reflection (WR One Eyed Jack-Light Reflection by Here Comes Frosty).
Lanham Brown returned in the $2,500-added amateur working ranch horse to squeak out a win against himself – he took first with Take A Pick and second with Sparks Smart.
The gray stallion earned $1,080 while the palomino mare earned $900.
Jecca Ostrander on BOXO Heavens Blue (SNW Heavens King-Snippy Blue Card by Masie’s Blue) was third.
Amateur WRH Level 1
A third horse from Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year, Box O Quarter Horses, picked up a check at the Ranching Heritage Challenge, this time BOXO Heavens Josie.
The sorrel mare with a blaze face was ridden by owner Stetson Ostrander of Gordon, Nebraska, and earned $100 for her win in the Level 1 division.
The mare was bred by Stetson’s mother, Jecca, and she is a 4-year-old daughter of the ranch’s main sire SNW Heavens King and out of Swift Cardinos Jhira by Swift Eagle 0300.
Lisa Downin of Calhan, Colorado, was second aboard PR Shiner Jane (Shiner Smart Cat-Blue Bueno Girl by Hastings Bueno Hobo), bred by Tate Pieper.
Limited Amateur Ranch Horse
Limited Amateur Ranch Horse Level 1
The 10-year-old bay roan gelding SCR Dualinforjewels posted a 278 composite score in the limited amateur ranch horse class, and topped both the limited amateur and the Level 1 division of the class with owner Meredith Lubbock of Amarillo, Texas, aboard.
For the win, they earned $650 for the limited class and an additional $60 in the Level 1 class.
SCR Dualinforjewels was bred by the Conchas division of Singleton Ranches, and is by the Dual Pep stallion Dualwithme and out of the Docs My Tio mare SCR Sonita Doc.
Chelsea McLeod of Ft. Collins, Colorado, was second in the boxing aboard Four Bay Blood (SDP Blue Blood-Four Bay 58 by Figure Four Chex), a 5-year-old mare bred by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.
Youth Limited Ranch Horse
Youth Limited Ranch Horse Level 1
Earlier this year, Catelyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, joined forces with the 6-year-old mare Do It Classy, and at Pueblo they won both the youth boxing and Level 1 division of the class.
The accomplished mare in 2016 was third in the limited division at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show, and has more than $11,000 in cumulative career earnings in NRCHA, Stock Horse of Texas and AQHA competition.
Do It Classy is by Cat Man Do and out of High Class Senorita by Mr Solano Smoke, and was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas.
Open Ranch Riding
Amateur Ranch Riding
Ranching Heritage Challenge veteran BOXO Heavens Blue picked up a couple more first-place checks at Pueblo, winning both the $1,000-added open and amateur ranch riding with owner and breeder Jecca Ostrander aboard.
They earned $408 and $402 for the wins. The accomplished gelding already boasts career earnings in excess of $37,000, with the vast majority coming in NRCHA and Ranching Heritage Challenge earnings.
BOXO Heavens Blue is a 9-year-old son of SNW Heavens King out of Snippy Blue Card by Masie’s Blue.
Youth Ranch Riding
The last class of the day, the youth ranch riding class was held during a brief but enthusiastic downpour, but the exhibitors rode on with determination.
Tell Bagley of Dimmitt, Texas, rode his family’s homebred Legal Cut, who earlier in the day won the limited 4-year-old working ranch horse class, to victory in the youth ranch riding, with a 143.5 composite score.
The pair earned $40 for the win.
Catelyn Walker and Do It Classy, who earlier had won the youth boxing, were second in the ranch riding.
Open Team Roping
This year, the Ranching Heritage Challenges offered show hosts the option of both team roping and barrel racing classes.
At Pueblo, open team roping was offered, and Rhoda Rein’s Dual Ya Wanna Play won the class with Michael Schafer of Rangely, Colorado, aboard. The win was worth $840.
Rein, who is based in Watkins, Colorado, rode her homebred during the Ranching Heritage Challenge in the working ranch horse and ranch riding classes.
The gelding is by Play Dual Rey and out of the Hickory Chic Olena mare Pep In My Step, herself an accomplished reining and reined cow horse with more than $18,700 in lifetime earnings. She is also the dam of the performing full siblings (all by Diggers Rest) Dig My Peppy Steps ($32,935), The Cow Fighter and Diggers Lil Peppy.
Bill Anderson’s This Chics Blue (Spooks Bluestem-This Chics A Hick by Hey Houston) was second. The 6-year-old mare was also ridden by Michael Schafer, and was bred by Cowan Select Horses.