WRCA Top Horse
Family-favorite mount wins top horse award at the Sandhills Ranch Rodeo.
By AQHA Media Intern Kaycie Timm | July 26, 2018
The American Quarter Horse Journal
When Adrian Vogel brought his Ranching Heritage-bred horse Four Chex Figure home from the Haythorn Land and Cattle Co. sale as a coming 3-year-old, he knew he was purchasing a horse bred to excel in ranch work. But, he quickly discovered the 2011 gray gelding by Figure Four Chex and out of Four Bayou Gray by Right This Minnick had skill beyond necessary ranching duties.
Just weeks before Four Chex Figure, better known as “Patch,” received the Top Horse award at the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Sandhills Ranch Rodeo in Arthur, Nebraska, on July 13-14, Adrian’s daughter won breakaway roping at a local rodeo with him.
“I can throw my 8-year-old on him,” Adrian says. “He will come down to the level of the rider or step up as needed.”
Bred by the legendary Haythorn Land and Cattle Co., an AQHA Best Remuda award winner and AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder, Patch takes on every new challenge with a level head and a heart of gold. The Voegel family knows they can rely on Patch to take care of his rider, from the youngest member of the family to the most seasoned competitor and everyone in between.
“He always gets himself in the right place at the right time,” Adrian says. “And he never looks like he’s exerting himself.”
At the Sandhills Ranch Rodeo, Patch performed well for Adrian, who rides with the Robbins Ranch/Keith Cattle Co. team of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.
“He’s just really solid,” Adrian says. “He always does what it takes it to get the job done.”
At their last ranch rodeo, which took place on July 6-7 in Council Grove, Kansas, the Robbins Ranch/Keith Cattle Co. team earned the highest overall score. Next, Adrian and his fellow riders will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for another ranch rodeo as they prepare to compete at the WRCA World Championship Ranch Rodeo in Amarillo, Texas, on November 8-11.
The WRCA works to showcase the skills of the working ranch cowboy and to raise money for the WRCA Foundation, which provides scholarships and crisis assistance to working ranch cowboys and their immediate family.