Ranching Heritage Winner

TS Sunnys Famous Jet earns cowboy mounted shooting world title, awards.

Ranch Horse Journal

World champions Cathy Papley and Ranching Heritage-bred TS Sunnys Famous Jet. PHOTO: Don Trout Photography

By the narrowest of margins, TS Sunnys Famous Jet earned not only an AQHA world champion title, but also a nod as the leading AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horse at the recent AQHA Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships in Houston.

The 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 receives $250.

This year, AQHA recognized TS Sunnys Famous Jet, a sorrel mare owned and shown by Cathy Papley of Settler, Alberta. The pair were the Select Amateur world champions.

TS Sunnys Favorite Jet was bred in Montana by Treasure State Quarter Horses of Chinook, Montana.  She is by PC Mr Sun Peppy and out of the Dash Ta Fame mare Jett Ta Fame.

The Ranching Heritage-bred award came after a tie-breaker, as another Ranching Heritage-bred, WWR Kings Lone Star, was also crowned as the limited Select amateur world champion.

WWR Kings Lone Star was ridden by owner Gerald McKelroy of Waco, Texas, and earned his first world champion title.

The 6-year-old gray mare was bred by Fred and Elaine Gist of Midland, Texas, and is by Mr Forty Six King and out of the Tru Tru King mare Dr Gay Sadie.

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