Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge

Playin Motown hits the top note at Amarillo Ranching Heritage Challenge.

Ranch Horse Journal

Playin Motown with Ben Baldus. PHOTO: Becky Newell

The new crop of 4-year-old horses on display at the 2017 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at Amarillo certainly demonstrated the quality of the horses being produced by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, with the winner being Playin Motown, with Ben Baldus aboard. The event was held on September 16-17 in conjunction with an AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse show.

The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge working ranch horse classes are for horses 4 years old and older, allowing the horses more time to develop before heading to the show ring. Only horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are eligible to compete in the Ranching Heritage Challenges, although anyone can own and show these horses. Ranching Heritage Challenges offer more than $90,000 in cash and prizes, this year 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.

4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
The $3,500-added class had a tough field of horses, but the gelding Playin Motown grabbed a 144.5 score to top the group. Ben rode the horse for owner Catelyn Walker, and the pair picked up a check for $2,125.

The horse was bred in a partnership that includes Kit and Charlie Moncrief and Lee Tennison. The gelding is from the third crop of his sire, world champion Mr Playinstylish, who is owned by the Moncriefs, and out of the Mr Peponita Flo mare Mo Flo. The mare herself earned more than $130,000 in National Cutting Horse Association earnings and has produced the earners of more than $135,000 – including Metro Fletch (by Royal Fletch, $105,902).

Versatility Ranch Horse world champions Take A Pick and Lanham Brown, who a few weeks earlier won this division at Pueblo, were second, earning $1,275. The gray stallion, bred by Burnett Ranches LLC and owned by R.A. Brown Ranch, is by Sixes Pick and out of the Playgun mare Sixes Playgun.

Pick Your Bet, ridden by Versatility Ranch Horse world champion Dusty Burson, was third, earning $850. The red roan gelding, bred and owned by Burnett Ranches LLC, is by Bet Hesa Cat and out of the Sixes Pick mare Pickin Tivio.

Limited 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
In the $1,500-added limited division, AQHA Best Remuda winner Silver Spur Operating Co.’s Bell Ranch saw its SS One Eyed Reflect win with the best score of the day – a 147 – with Versatility Ranch Horse world champion Elwyn McCleskey aboard.

The bay mare is a daughter of the ranch’s stallion WR One Eyed Jack and out of the Here Comes Frosty mare Light Reflection. She was bred by Cody and Georgia Miller of Encampment, Wyoming. With the win in the limited division, she pulled in $1,200.

Finishing second was Clyde Metzler’s Twenty Will Do (Cat Man Do-King Tucks Miss by Poco King Tuck), ridden by Obbie Schlom-Hefner of Canyon, Texas. The W.T. Waggoner Estate-bred mare earned $840 for her owner, who is based out of Topeka, Kansas. 

5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Familiar faces Ima Wynna RAB and Myles Brown picked up another $1,200 check for winning the 5- and 6-year-old division of this Ranching Heritage Challenge. Earlier this year, they were the cowboy working ranch horse winners at the inaugural Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals. The pair worked to a 146 score 

Ima Wynna RAB is a homebred for the R.A. Brown Ranch, and the PG Shogun gelding is out of the Right On Tivio mare Right On Eddie RAB. He has earned more than $16,000, with the majority to date coming in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition.

Another Finals winner, Trixies Sixes, was second with Justin Stanton aboard. The pair earned $720. Trixies Sixes is a sorrel son of Sixes Pick bred by Burnett Ranches LLC and owned by Camille Farris Briggs of Lubbock, Texas. The stallion is out of the Paseos Paisano mare Trixies Petie.

Limited 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Dusty Burson guided Smart Ingredient to win the $1,000-added limited division of the 5- and 6-year-old class. The Four Sixes cowboy was riding the Burnett Ranches LLC homebred gelding, and they collected a check worth $960.

Smart Ingredient is a gelding by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Peppy San Badger mare Natural Ingredient, making him a half-brother to Natural Bottom, whom Terry Riddle rode to win the Ranch Horse Association of America Finals senior division earlier this year.

Dusty’s brother, True, was second aboard Six Flo Cat (Bet Hesa Cat-Six Flo Jessie by Mr Jess Perry), another homebred for Burnett Ranches LLC. They teamed to win $640.

Cowboy
Gatlin Duncan rode his good horse Gray Hope Stik to win the $2,000 Cowboy class, which is open to working ranch cowboys.

Gatlin bought the now-6-year-old Gray Hope Stik when the horse was 4. The pair won the junior class at the 2016 RHAA National Finals, and they have competition earnings of more than $2,800.

The horse’s breeder, AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, has had a lot of luck with this bloodline. Sire Smart Whiskey Doc is a Versatility Ranch Horse world champion and world champion sire – specifically Gray Hope Stik’s full sister, Black Hope Stik. Both horses are out of the 1998 mare Hope Stik, a daughter of Rails Skipper Pine.

True Burson was second in the class with Terrific Movement (Playin Stylish-Cowgirl Movement by Tanquery Gin). The Burnett Ranches homebred earned $1,040. 

Amateur
World champions Lanham Brown and Take A Pick captured the $2,500-added amateur class, and, in addition to their solid second-place check in the 4-year-old class, they added $1,320 for the amateur win.

The gray stallion is a herd sire for owner R.A. Brown Ranch, and is a full brother to a reserve world champion, Sixes Sixgun.

Julia Roberts Winders was second aboard her own 10-year-old Singleton Ranch (Conchas Ranch division)-bred gelding Dualinwiththeladies (Dualwithme-SCR Ginnin Lady by The Hot Express). They earned $990 for second.

Level 1 Amateur
Julia and Dualinwiththeladies were second in the amateur, but won the Level 1 division of the class. The pair earned another $50 for that.

The Canyon, Texas-based pair have National Reined Cow Horse Association earnings and also were the Level 1 amateur ranch riding champions at the 2015 AQHA West Level 1 Championships.

Sire Dualwithme is a son of Dual Pep who is himself a money earner and was a Top 10 finalist at the AQHA World Championship Show, and has four AQHA performers from limited foal crops.

Limited Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Limited Working Ranch Horse
Versatility Ranch Horse reserve world champion Boots Be Tuff has proven himself many times over under various riders. As of earlier this year, he took on a new rider – new owner Larry Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, who purchased the horse from Ashton Dunkel. Together, Larry and “Kyle” won both the boxing and the Level 1 boxing, earning $650 and $125 respectively for the win.

The 7-year-old flaxen sorrel gelding was reserve world champion with Ben Baldus, and won the Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals youth ranch riding with Sidney Dunkel. He has earned more than $17,000 in cumulative competition.

The horse was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate, is by Woody Be Tuff and is the first foal out of the Doc O Boots mare Pretty Poco Boots.

Finishing second in both classes was Meredith Lubbock of Amarillo aboard SCR Dualinforjewels (Dualwithme-SCR Sonita Doc by Docs My Tio). The pair earned a cumulative $465 between the two classes.

Youth Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Youth Working Ranch Horse
Youth Ranch Riding
Aubrey O’Neal of Wolfforth, Texas, and her blue roan gelding, Blue Bottom Tom, won both of the youth working ranch horse classes, in addition to the youth ranch riding.

The 13-year-old gelding with the frosted mane was bred by Jim Cogdell of Tulia, Texas. The pair were Top 5 in the youth limited division at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships. Blue Bottom Tom has earned more than $4,500 in competition.

They earned $50 for winning the youth working ranch horse, $25 for the Level 1 win and another $50 ranch riding class.

Youth Limited Ranch Horse
Level 1 Youth Limited Ranch Horse
After Playin Motown won the day’s big class, the 4-year-old working ranch horse class with trainer Ben Baldus, he came back in the arena with owner Catelyn Walker aboard to win both the youth limited ranch horse and the Level 1 youth limited ranch horse.

The pair earned $90 total for the two wins.

Catelyn was also second in the class with Do It Classy (Cat Man Do-High Class Senorita by Mr Solano Smoke).

Open Ranch Riding
In the $1,000-added open ranch riding, Jane Bagley and homebred Legal Cut smoothly tackled the pattern and picked up a solid 75.5 score to win the class and a check worth $472.

Legal Cut is a homebred bay mare by Spooks Bluestem and out of the homebred Taris Judge mare Baywatch Jury. A few weeks ago, the horse won both the limited 4-year-old working ranch horse and the youth ranch riding class.

She is a half-sister to performers Bueno Meadno (by Bueno Starlight), Allocution (by Shine Big Time) and Custody Cat (by Sophisticated Catt).

Trevor Carter was second aboard Catelyn Walker’s Cowgirl Tari (Teninos Peppy Cowboy-Horse Thief Moon by Jae Bar Kerry). The pair earned $354. The 5-year-old black mare was bred by Randy William Harris of Clovis, New Mexico.

Trevor was also third aboard Colonel Skyline (Mr Skyline Peppy-AR Sonita Chex by Colonel Doc Bar Chex). The sorrel stallion, who was bred by Atwood Quarter Horses Inc. of Kenwood, California, earned $236 for the placing.

Amateur Ranch Riding
Amateur class runner-up and Level 1 amateur winner Julia Roberts Winders and Dualinwiththeladies also won the amateur ranch riding with a mark of 74.

The pair brought home $360 for the winning run.

Jimmy Lee Vick was second with Cherokee Stylishstik (RPM Mr Stylish-Beduinos Azure Te by Joys Double Feature). The gray mare was bred by Mike Major and is owned by Vick’s Prairie Point Ranch of Liberty Hill, Texas. They earned $300 for second.

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