Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge
It’s all blue for the Sixes at the inaugural 2018 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge.
By Andrea Caudill | January 13, 2018
Ranch Horse Journal
The riders representing the historic Four Sixes Ranch are pretty easy to spot – they’re wearing the signature red, with red saddle pads.
But at the very first Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge of the year, held in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 11, it was all blue for the Sixes’ Terry Riddle, who won both the open 4-year-old working ranch horse class aboard Paddy Style and the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class aboard Blanca Cita.
Both mares are homebreds for the Ranching Heritage Breeder and Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner. Look for more on the winners and the event in the Spring issue of the Ranch Horse Journal.
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.
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.
4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
It was the inaugural show-ring run for Paddy Style, and the sorrel filly stepped up in a big way.
Only the second run of the day, Riddle rode the mare to post a 146 score – one which her 16 competitors couldn’t match. She posted a 73 in both the reined work and the cow work.
Paddy Style is by Mr Playinstylish and out of the good mare Cowgirl Paddy. The daughter of Paddys Irish Whiskey is also the mama to Versatility Ranch Horse world champion Paddys Prince (by Playin Attraction). The mare died last year; her youngest is a yearling full brother to Paddys Prince named Princess Legacy.
Second in the class was the striking blue roan Double Diablo RAB, shown by Myles Brown for owner/breeder Rob A. Brown of Stinnett, Texas.
The stallion marked a 144. He is by Dusters Cardinal and out of the Hesa Eddie Hancock mare Ms Eddie Queene.
Third was Opus Cat Olena (WR This Cats Smart-Opus Chic by Smart Chic Olena). The stallion was bred by Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC and is owned by Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska. The NRCHA Snaffle Bit finalist was ridden by Clay Volmer.
Limited 4-Year-Old WRH
Winning the limited division was Shawn Holden and Greys Dual Gamma Ray, marking a 142.5.
Grays Dual Gamma Ray is bred and owned by M-Heart Corp. of Vinton, Louisiana. The gelding by PG Gamma Ray is out of the Dual Rey mare Shes A Dual Rey.
Finishing second was VRH open world champion Dusty Burson aboard W Pasture (Rockin W-Pickin Tivio by Sixes Pick), a Burnett Ranches-bred and -owned horse.
Third was Dusty’s brother, True, aboard Whiskeys Rockin – another representative for the Sixes. The gelding is by Rockin W and out of the Paddys Irish Whiskey mare Cynthias Whiskey.
5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
The sorrel mare Blanca Cita provided the day’s tied high score, as Riddle returned to the ring to ride the daughter of Bet Hesa Cat to again mark a matching pair of 73 scores to top the class with a 146.
The Burnett Ranches-bred and -owned mare is out of the Playin Stylish mare Stylish Future. The mare, like her fellow 2013 Burnett-bred foal Quahadi, shares her name with Texas history. Hers comes in the form of a famed West Texas landmark canyon.
Finishing second in the class was another Burnett-bred, Trixies Sixes (Sixes Pick-Trixie Petie by Paseos Paisano). The stallion is owned by Camille Farris Briggs of Lubbock, Texas, and was ridden by Justin Stanton. The accomplished stallion has more than $7,100 in career earnings. He was the champion in the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals 4-year-old working ranch horse class, and was a Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships open finalist.
Third was Bet Shesa Stik, a homebred ridden by AQHA Professional Horseman Mike Major of Bowie, Texas. The bay mare is also by Bet Hesa Cat, but she is out of world champion Black Hope Stik, Major’s homebred daughter of his world champion Smart Whiskey Doc.
Limited 5- and 6-Year-Old WRH
Capturing the limited division was Jecca Ostrander aboard her own homebred BOXO Valentines Cat.
The buckskin mare marked a 143.5 to capture the victory for Ostrander, who operates past AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year Box O Quarter Horses in Gordon, Nebraska. The mare has accumulated more than $14,000 in career earnings. She is by Palo Duro Cat and out of the Roan Ambrose mare Tracis Blue Roan.
Second was Dusty Burson aboard Pick Your Bet (Bet Hesa Cat-Pickin Tivio by Sixes Pick), for breeder and owner Burnett Ranches LLC. Third was Obbie Schlom-Hefner riding Twenty Will Do (Cat Man Do-King Tucks Miss by Poco King Tuck). The W.T. Waggoner Estate-bred mare is owned by Clyde Metzler of Topeka, Kansas.
Grant Mitchell guided SCR Crackin One Time to win the cowboy class, with a solid reined work and an exceptional cow run to score a 144.5 overall.
The 8-year-old sorrel mare was bred and is owned by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Singleton Ranches of Lamy, New Mexico. She is a familiar winner, with more than $11,000 in cumulative earnings over her career. She is by One Time Pepto and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Smart Crackin Chic, making her a half-sister to performers like Metallic Mistress ($132,668) and Mistresssis ($165,625).
Finishing second was TRR Sharlena Kat (TRR Big Iron-TRR Miss Smart Lena) and T.J. Roberts. The gray gelding is bred and owned by Tongue River Ranch at Paducah, Texas, and was a Working Ranch Cowboys Association top horse award winner in 2016, and has more than $2,000 in career earnings. Third was Bo Crutchfield and Quails Dun Remedy (Very Smart Remedy-Quails Dun Holly by Quails Dun Berry), for breeder and owner William “Guy” Crutchfield II of Refugio, Texas.
Ranching Heritage Challenge all-time leading money earner BOXO Heavens Blue picked right back up in his winning ways, adding a victory in the amateur class with a 144 score. Aboard was breeder and owner Jecca Ostrander. The gelding is by SNW Heavens King and out of the Masie’s Blue mare Snippy Blue Card.
In his career, the 10-year-old gelding has earned more than $38,000.
Second was Reba Rogers and her own Mr Boonsquida (Dual Smart Rey-My Kinda Pepto by Peptoboonsmal). The sorrel gelding was bred by Amy Doris Bell of Midland, Texas. Third was Julia Roberts-Winders aboard Dualinwiththeladies; the pair would win the Level 1 division of the class.
Level 1 Amateur
Singleton Ranch-bred Dualinwiththeladies (Dualwithme-SCR Ginnin Lady by The Hot Express) and Julia Roberts-Winders of Canyon, Texas, posted a solid 142.5 to win the Level 1 division and finish third in the amateur.
Second was Becaco Magnum 357 (CD Son Of Magnolia-Ms Becaco Panchoflo by Mr Haida Flo) with Eric Stevenson aboard. The gelding was bred by Beggs Cattle Co. of Fort Worth. Third was Lottatimecash Shiner and Larry Don Murphy. The palomino gelding by Lotta Stuff To Shine is out of the Cat O Lena 380 mare Cat K Emily, and was bred by the Lazy K Ranch of Chowchilla, California.
The limited amateur division rolled out its new format for the first time at this show; exhibitors are now required to box at the end, drive the cow down the fence, then box at the opposite end, and then drive the cow back up the fence. There is a time limit, but riders are not required to ride for the full time – the judge blows the whistle when the work is completed.
Winning this class was Larry Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, aboard his own Boots Be Tuff.
The flaxen sorrel gelding bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate marked another consistent 145.5 score, adding to his long resume. The horse has won more than $20,000 in competition, is a Versatility Ranch Horse reserve world champion, and with Larry was a finalist in amateur boxing at the Lucas Oil World.
Finishing second – and winning the Level 1 division – was Meredith Lubbock and SCR Dualinforjewels (Dualwithme-SCR Sonita Doc by Docs My Tio). Third was Hondo Playinstylish and Jimmy Vick.
Level 1 Limited Amateur
Meredith Lubbock and SCR Dualinforjewels traveled from Amarillo, Texas, to capture the class win, marking an impressive 74.5 cow work score – the highest cow work score of the day.
SCR Dualinforjewels was bred by AQHA Best Remuda winner Singleton Ranches, and has earned more than $3,400 in the Challenge program.
He is by Dualwithme and out of the Docs My Tio mare SCR Sonita Doc.
Hondo Playinstylish (Mr Playinstylish-Hondo Canyon Rose) and Jimmy Vick were second. The horse, who was bred by Burnett Ranches LLC, last year was a finalist in the junior ranch riding at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. Vick was also third aboard the Mike Major-bred Cherokee Stylishstik (RPM Mr Stylish-Beduinos Azure Te by Joys Double Feature).
In a busy day filled with top performers, only nine riders marked a 144 score or better. And only one of those rides was from a youth: Preston Schwartzhopf, who rode Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC’s homebred Magic Lookin Cat (WR This Cats Smart-Shiner Dear Magic by Chics Magic Potion) to a 144 in the youth working ranch horse, posting an above-average reining run, and a professional cow run aboard the palomino gelding. Preston is from Douglas, Wyoming.
Finishing second was Cassidy Chamblers and Kill N Tyme (Purrfect Timing-Smoked Diamonds by Genuine As Diamonds), a sorrel gelding bred and owned by the W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas. Third was TR Kitty (TR Dual Rey-Aristos Painted Cat by Smart Aristocrat), ridden by Michele Spencer of Hobbs, New Mexico. The sorrel mare was bred by the Hal Bogle Estate.
Level 1 Youth
Catelyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, matched her grandfather Larry’s class win with one of her own; hers came aboard Do It Classy, a brown mare by Cat Man Do and out of the Mr Solano Smoke mare High Class Senorita.
Do It Classy was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate , and she, too, has a long history of accomplishments, including more than $11,000 in career earnings and a third-place finish at the 2016 Zoetis VRH World in the limited division.
Kora Bower and Fletchs Gun smoked a 142.5 run to win the limited youth class. The sorrel mare, bred by Burnett Ranches LLC, is by First Fletch and out of the Playgun mare Little Playgun. The mare has career earnings exceeding $5,300.
Finishing second was Sassy Greyt Lady and Charles Lee. The gray mare is by Greyt Whiz and out of the Poco Tuck Zero mare Sassy Lady Zero, and was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate. Third was Kings Mojo and Michele Spencer of Hobbs, New Mexico. The bay gelding is by Pistol Playgun and out of the China King mare Kings Damsel, and was bred by the Hal Bogle Estate.
Level 1 Limited Youth
Lucinda Rose David, age 8, has legs that barely reach past her saddle pad, but she was fearless aboard the brown gelding Lucky Blue Paloma. The pair marked a 141 in their run to win the Level 1 limited youth, including a 71.5 cow work score.
The Shining Blue Star gelding is owned by Julie David and was bred by Charles Robinson of Navasota, Texas. He is out of Lucky Peppy Paloma, by Passover Peppy.
Finishing second was Kings Mojo and Michele Spencer. Third was Catelyn Walker aboard Playin Motown (Mr Playinstylish-Mo Flo by Mr Peponita Flo), who was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief in partnership with Lee Tennison.
Open Ranch Riding
The ranch riding was held on January 13, and the open winner was Justin Stanton and Trixies Sixes. Earlier in the week, the pair was second in the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class.
The stallion, owned by Camille Farris Briggs of Lubbock, Texas, is a Burnett-bred by Sixes Pick and out of Trixie Petie by Paseos Paisano. The accomplished stallion has more than $7,100 in career earnings.
Mike Major of Bowie, Texas, was second and third aboard Bet Shesa Stik (Bet Hesa Cat-Black Hope Stik by Smart Whiskey Doc) and Automatic Stik (Chica Shine-Black Hope Stik by Smart Whiskey Doc), respectively. The AQHA Professional Horseman bred both horses, which are out of his world champion homebred Black Hope Stik.
Amateur Ranch Riding
World champions Bobbie Can Do and Sidney Dunkel of Archer City, Texas, won the amateur ranch riding to add to their resumes. The gray gelding, bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate, is by Cat Man Do and out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Bo Bobbie Socks.
They were the Versatility Ranch Horse youth world champions, and also won the inaugural Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Final open ranch riding class.
Second was Julia Roberts Winders and Dualinwiththeladies, who won the Level 1 amateur working ranch horse class earlier in the week. Third was Larry Walker and Boots Be Tuff, who won the limited amateur working ranch horse class.
Youth Ranch Riding
Trail Townsend and TRR Lucky Playgun know how to win – last year they were the ranch hand class champions at the Ranch Horse Association of America National Finals – and he picked up a victory in the youth ranch riding class here.
The gray gelding, bred by Tongue River Ranch of Paducah, Texas, is owned by his dad, Tripp Townsend. The gray gelding is by Pepcid and out of TRR Ms Lucky Gun by Playgun.
Finishing second was Catelyn Walker and Do It Classy, winners of the Level 1 youth working ranch horse class. Third was Robert “Tell” Bagley aboard his family’s homebred Pines Indictment (Taris Judge-Pines Pocita by Spirit Of Pine).
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