Ranching Heritage-bred Winners

Four horses earn awards at VRH Worlds.

Ranching Heritage-bred winner Bobbie Can Do. PHOTO: Journal Photo

The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage program recognizes the quality American Quarter Horse ranch horses being raised on working cattle ranches. These horses demonstrate the athletic ability, soundness and cow sense needed to not only work on a ranch, but also perform in the show ring and rodeo arena. Ranching Heritage Breeders produce horses that are exclusively eligible to compete for more than $100,000 each year in Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, as well as for other awards open only to Ranching Heritage-bred horses.

Four of those awards were earned during the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, AQHA Level 1 Championships and National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance National Championship Show, June 14-17 in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

The first award went to Judys Ten, who was the amateur world champion at the Zoetis VRH World. While three of the six world champions were Ranching Heritage-bred horses, Judys Ten defeated the most horses to break the tie. The 12-year-old buckskin gelding is by Ten O Sea and out of the Black Chick Gold mare Crows Judy. He was ridden by Victor Wolf of Santa Ana, Costa Rica, who leased the gelding to compete at the show. Judys Ten was bred by Bill and Dana Smith of Spur, Texas.

Wolf will receive a commemorative trophy, as well as a check for $250. The Smiths will also receive $250 for being the horse’s breeders.

The second award went to the top all-around winner for the NRSHA National Championship Show, which was Bobbie Can Do. The gelding and his owner/rider, Sidney Dunkel of Archer City, Texas, were the NRSHA amateur champions. They are also two-time VRH youth world champions. Bobbie Can Do was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas, and is by Cat Man Do and out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Bo Bobbie Socks. Dunkel will receive a commemorative trophy and a check for $250, and the Waggoner Estate will receive $250.

The Level 1 amateur winner was also a Waggoner-bred, this being Boots Be Tuff. The 2010 sorrel gelding carried owner Larry Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, to the win, earning him a trophy and the $250 bonus. Boots Be Tuff also earned the Waggoner Estate an additional $250. Boots Be Tuff is by Woody Be Tuff and out of the Doc O Boots mare Pretty Poco Boots.

Larry’s granddaughter, Catelyn Walker, is the winner of the Level 1 youth award. The Prairie Grove, Arkansas, youth rode Playin Motown, and picked up a trophy and a $250 bonus. Playin Motown’s breeders, Kit and Charlie Moncrief and B/Lee Tennison of Fort Worth, Texas, will also get $250. Playin Motown is a 2013 gelding by Mr Playinstylish and out of the Mr Peponita Flo mare Mo Flo.

To find out if your horse is enrolled in the Zoetis Ranching Heritage Breeder program and eligible to compete for these rich purses, call competition coordinator Terrie Lovelady at 806-378-4341.

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