Ranching Heritage-Bred Winner

Dig My Peppy Steps wins extra prize at NRCHA Celebration of Champions.

Ranch Horse Journal

In this file photo, Rhoda Rein and Dig My Peppy Steps turns on the fence. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

The AQHA Ranching Heritage program spotlights the quality horses produced by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. These horses showcase the qualities of a good working ranch horse and can succeed in many venues.

They are also exclusively eligible to compete in Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges. Owners can check a horse’s Ranching Heritage eligibility by calling competition coordinator Terrie Lovelady at 806-378-4341. For full details on the program, visit www.aqha.com/ranching.

This year, AQHA began recognizing top Ranching Heritage-bred horses competing at various major competitions. The horse owner receives $250 and a specially created ranch horse trophy, and the breeder also will receive $250.

At this year’s National Reined Cow Horse Association Celebration of Champions, Ranching Heritage-bred horses did very well. The prize winner – which was only open to bridle-class entries – was Rhoda Rein’s homebred Dig My Peppy Steps.

The team finished third in the non-pro bridle finals, earning $3,204 for the placing.

The 11-year-old mare is by Diggers Rest and is out of the Hickory Chic Olena mare Pep In My Step. She is very accomplished, with cumulative earnings exceeding $35,000 in reining, reined cow horse and AQHA competition.

She is also a Top-10 finalist at the Adequan Select World Championship Show in both reining and working cow horse.

Dig My Peppy Steps has a 3-year-old gelding by SDP Blue Blood named Dig N My Blue Genes.

Two Ranching Heritage-breds won their classes, including Ima Wynna RAB, who with Myles Brown aboard won the non-pro hackamore, and OTP Rio, who with Jeremy Gugelmeyer aboard won the non-pro two-rein.

The NRCHA Celebration of Champions was held February 9-17 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Other Ranching Heritage-Breds

Open Derby

2d – Shiners Diamond Cat (WR This Cats Smart-Shiners Diamond Lady by Shining Spark)
B: Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC
O: Mike and James Draper
E: Justin Wright
Earnings: $16,681.14

3d – Be He Sparks (Bet Hesa Cat-Sparking Train by Shining Spark)
B: Garth and Amanda Gardiner
O: K&L Phillips LLC
E: Clayton Edsell
Earnings: $13,702.36

7th  - Opus Cat Olena (WR This Cats Smart-Opus Chic by Smart Chic Olena)
B: Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC
O: Box O Quarter Horses
E: Clay Volmer
Earnings: $5,957.55

10th – Metallicalena (Metallic Cat-Isabellena by Quejanaisalena)
B: Garth and Amanda Gardiner
O: Fults Ranch LTD
E: Sarah Dawson
Earnings: $3,574.53

Non-Pro Derby

1st – Smart Lookin Nurse (WR This Cats Smart-Nurseware by Dual Rey)
B: Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC
O: Bart and Terri Holowath
E: Bart Holowath
Earnings: $4,408.56

10th – Seven S Hesa Cat (Bet Hesa Cat-Seven S Shady Cat by CJ Sugar Lena)
B: Terry Stuart Forst
O/E: Jennifer Ostenson
Earnings: $881.71

Non-Pro Limited Derby

5th – Smart Savanah Holli (Blue Savannah Holli-Taffeta Ruffles by Smart Mate)
B: Watrous Valley Ranch Ltd
O/E: Calley Satriana
Earnings: $814.05

Limited Open Bridle

4th – Gray Hope Stik (Smart Whiskey Doc-Hope Stik by Rails Skipper Pine)
B: Mike Major
O/E: Gatlin Duncan
Earnings: $1,891.20

5th – Trixies Sixes (Sixes Pick-Trixie Petie by Paseos Paisano)
B: Burnett Ranches LLC
O: Camille Farris Briggs
E: Justin Stanton
Earnings: $1,576

Non-Pro Bridle

5th - Judys Ten (Ten O Sea-Crows Judy by Black Chick Gold)
B: Bill and Dana Smith
O/E: Kim Lindsey
Earnings: $1,922.40

8th – Cuttin Wright Up (Hes Wright On-Isabellena by Quejanaisalena)
B: Garth and Amanda Gardiner
O/E: Diane Lorenzen
Earnings: $1,068

9th – Genuine Masterpiece (Shining Spark-Kings Masterpiece by Peppy San Badger)
B: Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC
O/E: Mattie Neal
Earnings: $854.40

Non-Pro Hackamore

1st – Ima Wynna RAB (PG Shogun-Right On Eddie RAB by Right On Tivio)
B/O: Rob A. Brown
E: Myles Brown
Earnings: $3,768

4th – Electra Tuff (Woody Be Tuff-Electras Boots by Doc O Boots)
B: W.T. Waggoner Estate
O: Paul and Amy Bailey
E: Amy Bailey
Earnings: $1,507.20

5th – Peptos J Lo (Peptoboonsmal-Shiney Senorita by Shining Spark)
B: Garth and Amanda Gardiner
O/E: Gianna Hansen
Earnings: $1,130.40

9th – Seven S Indian Maid (Hickorys Indian Pep-Seven S Fiesta by Playgun)
B/O/E: Terry Stuart Forst
Earnings: $251.20

Non-Pro Two-Rein

1st – OTP Rio (One Time Pepto-Hickorys Tornado Rio by Doc’s Hickory)
B: Dan Churchill
O/E: Jeremy Gugelmeyer
Earnings: $3,675

$5K Non-Pro Limited

9th – Smart Savanah Holli (Blue Savannah Holli-Taffeta Ruffles by Smart Mate)
B: Watrous Valley Ranch Ltd
O/E: Calley Satriana
Earnings: $670

13th – Leroys Sugarman (Dual Playin-Kota More by Some More Lena)
B: Richard Caulfield
O: Jamie and Mica Olson
E: Mica Olson
Earnings: $167.50

$1K Non-Pro Limited

9th – Shinerbock Nic (Night Time Shiner-Diggers Diamond Nic by Diggers Rest)
B: Todd and Shariel Thieszen
O: Joe Gillespie
E: Tucker Gillespie
Earnings: $354

Youth Limited

2d – CR Tuffs Magic Tonic (Woody Be Tuff-Miss Oak Tonic by Little Peppy Oak)
B: Center Ranch
O/E: Douglas McDaniel
Earnings: $568

4th – Cruze Mode (Wimpys Little Step-Smart Lassie Chick by Smart Chic Olena)
B: W.T. Waggoner Estate
O: Paul and Amy Bailey
E: Caleb Bailey
Earnings: $390.50

11th – Fletchs Gun (First Fletch-Little Playgun by Playgun)
B: Burnett Ranches LLC
O/E: Kora Bower
Earnings: $106.50

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