Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge

It's all roses at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge at the Snaffle Bit Futurity.

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Robert Forst and Seven S Rosebuds turn their cow. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

If you wanted to see a lot of good cow horses in one place, the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Snaffle Bit Futurity in Fort Worth was a good place to be.

During the festivities, Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses scored big. Among the big winners were the likes of Dual Looks, who finished fourth in the Futurity with rider Chris Dawson. The Dual Rey gelding was bred by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda-winning Wagonhound Land & Livestock, and earned a $47,000 paycheck for owners Tracy and Eddie Howard of Whitt, Texas; and CR Tuffles N Lace (Woody Be Tuff-Calie Del Rey by Dual Rey), bred by Ranching Heritage Breeder Center Ranch, was right behind in fifth, earning $37,000 for trainer Kelby Phillips and owner DT Horses LLC of Bend, Oregon.

Among the event’s highlights was the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge on October 14, which was filled with top Ranching Heritage-bred cow horses.

4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Topping the 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse class was Seven S Rosebuds, a red roan mare from the breeding program of Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Stuart Ranch of Waurika, Oklahoma.

The mare, nicknamed “Reba,” was ridden by Robert Forst, and her run was worth a $1,860 paycheck. The mare is by Smart Boons and out of the Seven S Zanaday mare Seven S Zans Jewel. Her dam line has been cultivated since the 1950s by the ranch’s famed breeding program, with her fourth dam the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame producer Miss T Stuart. Her second dam, Seven S Genuine Miss, is a full sister to AQHA Superhorse and top producer Genuine Redbud.

Reba was shown as a 3-year-old by Erin Taormino, and then they brought the mare home and used her on the ranch.

“I felt like she would be a good fit for Robert,” says Terry Stuart Forst. “She just needed a different job for a little while. He roped on her and she’s been a cowboy horse, and she’s coming along really well.”

Finishing second was Box O Quarter Horses’ Opus Cat Olena, ridden by Matt Koch. The Wagonhound-bred son of WR This Cats Smart is out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Opus Chic. In this run, he earned $1,240, but he also made the finals for the Open Hackamore class, ultimately finishing 10th in the class won by Ranching Heritage-bred Smart Lookin Nurse.

Limited 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Stuart Ranch was also represented by the winner of the limited 4-year-old class, with AQHA Professional Horseman Rick Chayer riding the golden palomino mare Seven S Delightful.

The daughter of CD Lights is out Seven S Genuine Miss. This makes her a half sister to Seven S Zans Jewel, dam of the 4-year-old winner Seven S Rosebuds.

Chayer’s run netted the connections $1,100.

Terry showed Seven S Delightful, aka “Dee,” at last year’s Snaffle Bit, finishing just a point away from the intermediate non-pro finals. She, too, returned home and went to work as a ranch horse and recently returned to show training with Rick.

“She hasn’t even had shoes on until just before this show,” Terry says. 

Dee is just a recent winner from her fruitful mare line. Her dam, Seven S Genuine Miss, was the high point Versatility Ranch Horse in 2002 and a Palomino Horse Breeders Association world champion.

“Both Dee and Reba go back to Miss T Stuart,” Terry observes. “That mare has been a tremendous influence in our herd.”

The ranch also saw horses perform very well in the NRCHA classes, with Seven S Prettysmart carrying owner Hope Miller to victory in the non-pro; Seven S Corona and Mindy Barkemyer taking the novice non-pro hackamore classic; Seven S Cats Meow winning the ladies division with Erin Taormino; and Terry finishing third in the non-pro two rein with Seven S Indian Maid.

Seven S Corona, too, has Miss T Stuart as his third dam.

5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
The powerful roan stallion Quahadi and Boyd Rice marked a 147, the top score of the day, to win the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class and pick up $1,420.

Bred and raised by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Four Sixes Ranch, Quahadi is by the High Brow Cat stallion Bet Hesa Cat, and out of the Tanquery Gin mare Ginnin Attraction. The mare was herself an earner of more than $28,000, and was the 2005 NRCHA leading AQHA dam, having produced performer and sire Playin Attraction (by Playin Stylish, $109,072).

The 5-year-old Quahadi has won more than $30,000 in competition. Last year, he won the 4-year-old class at this same event. 

Finishing second was SS One Eyed Dualer, who had Justin Stanton aboard for the run worth $1,065. The WR One Eyed Jack mare out of the Dauling Royalty mare Dualing Sassy was bred by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Silver Spur Operating Co. The pair won the Amarillo edition of this class, and the mare has more than $2,800 in career earnings.

Limited 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
AQHA Professional Horseman Rick Chayer notched a second class win, this aboard Timothy Fitzgerald’s Justa Genuine Shine.

The uniquely colored red dun stallion, who sports one blue eye, moved through a pattern worth $1,100 at the end of it.

Justa Genuine Shine was bred by Fitzgerald, who ranches near Shreveport, Louisiana, and the 5-year-old is a son of the Pitzer Ranch-bred Justa Genuine Jack, and out of the Shining Spark mare Shes More Shine. He earned his performance Register of Merit last year, and was also sixth in the Level 2 junior heeling at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show.

Cowboy Working Ranch Horse
R.A. Brown II won another cowboy class aboard Two Gold Hearts RAB. The pair won the class a few weeks earlier in Amarillo, and were second in Pueblo. They earned $2,125 for this victory.

Two Gold Hearts RAB is an 8-year-old son of PG Shogun and out of the Hesa Eddie Hancock mare Hancock Smooth Lady. He is owned and bred by Rob A. Brown of Stinnett, Texas.

The cowboy class is open to family and full-time employees of the ranch that owns the horse, and requires the riders to have limited competition earnings or points.

Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Packing the brand of breeder Cowan Select Horses, the sorrel gelding Sinful Merada, with owner Parke Greeson aboard, smoked a solid 146.5 score in the amateur working ranch horse class.

The 4-year-old guided through a smart rein work pattern before smoothly handling a Charolais steer. Greeson picked up a check worth $975 for the win.

Greeson acquired the horse this past summer and has already qualified him for the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. Greeson has had a great deal of success in reined cow horse competitions, with rider earnings of more than $61,000. Some of his biggest winners include 2015 Snaffle Bit Non-Pro Futurity finalist Sioux Me Please, as well as Checkn Out The Ladys (LTE $70,590) and Lenas Alley (LTE $35,737).

The gelding is by Furst Ranch’s homebred High Brow Cat stallion Cats Merada, who has sired the earners of more than$5.1 million in National Cutting Horse Association competition alone. He is out of the Docs Stylish Oak mare Sinful Style, who is a half-sister to Matt Koch’s successful Ranching Heritage-bred mare This Cats Sinful.

Sinful Style has produced the earners of more than $51,000, led by Sinfully Smart Cat (by WR This Cats Smart, $20,592).

Finishing second in the class was Blues Wright On (Blue Savanah Holli-Wright On Sandy by Lenas Wright On) and Megan Ciana of Peyton, Colorado. They earned $812.50 for the placing. This horse was bred by Watrous Valley Ranch, as was the limited amateur winner, Smart Savanah Holli.

Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Another repeat winner, Becaco Magnum 357 and Eric Stevenson won the Snaffle Bit edition of the Level 1 amateur working ranch horse, as they did in Amarillo.

The pair is based in Spur, Texas, and earned $575 for the win.

The 5-year-old gelding was bred by Beggs Cattle Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, and is by CD Son Of Magnolia, who is by CD Olena and out of Eye Of The Magnolia. He is out of the Mr Haida Flo mare Ms Becaco Panchoflo.

Youth Working Ranch Horse
Displaying the skill that won them a world championship at the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, TRR Lucky Playgun and Trail Townsend took a win in the youth working ranch horse class and earned $260.

The glowing gray gelding is owned by Trail’s dad, Tripp, and he was bred by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda-winning ranch Tongue River Ranch of Paducah, Texas. The 9-year-old is by Pepcid and out of the Playgun mare TRR Ms Lucky Gun.

Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse
The second winner on the day bred by Watrous Valley Ranch, Smart Savanah Holli kicked off the day with a solid run that would ultimately win the limited amateur working ranch horse.

Owner Calley Rae Satriana of Dona Ana, New Mexico, was at the reins and picked up $725 for their efforts.

They also won the Level 1 edition of the class, earning an additional $420.

The 5-year-old mare is by the successful VRH competitor Blue Savanah Holli, who is himself a son of Mecom Blue, and she is out of the Smart Mate mare Taffeta Ruffles, a reined cow horse earner who has produced the earners of more than $5,000.

Finishing second was Dual Holly Doc (Francis Dual-Lena J Letters by Capitol Letters), ridden by owner Abrian Harris. The Tom Saunders and Son-bred mare earned $435 for the run.

Carisa Ann Kimbro was second in the Level 1 limited amateur working ranch horse aboard TS Paddy Shota Spark (Paddys Shota Merada-Knot A Shabby Shiner by Shining Spark), winning $280. The 12-year-old bay gelding was bred by Una Crowley-Ford of Chinook, Montana, and is one of the many grandfathered horses foaled before 2010 that is automatically enrolled in the Challenge program.

Limited Youth Working Ranch Horse
The reigning winners of the limited youth working ranch horse class at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, Smart Kwackin Boon and Benjamin Self won the class at the Snaffle Bit Challenge, earning a $150 paycheck.

The 2009 mare is owned by Benjamin’s mom, Birgit, and the Pilot Point, Texas-based family all enjoy the mare. She was bred by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda-winning Singleton Raches of Lamy, New Mexico, and is by leading cutting sire Peptoboonsmal and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Smart Crackin Chic.

Open Ranch Riding
Clovis, New Mexico, residents Randy William Harris and Trevor Carter teamed up to see Colonel Skyline win the open ranch riding.

Harris owns the 7-year-old stallion and Trevor Carter guided him to a 75.5 score to top the class. The stallion was bred by Atwood Quarter Horses of Kenwood, California, and is by Mr Skyline Peppy and out of the Colonel Doc Bar Chex mare AR Sonita Chex. A multiple Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship open finalist, Colonel Skyline has earned more than $4,500 in competition.

Finishing second was world champion Take A Pick with Lanham Brown aboard. Take A Pick (Sixes Pick-Sixes Playgun by Playgun) was bred by Burnett Ranches LLC and is owned by R.A. Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, Texas. The pair, who were the 2017 cowboy world champions at the VRH World Championships, earned $319.50 for this placing.

Amateur Ranch Riding
Wheeling back for the amateur ranch riding, Take A Pick and Lanham Brown won the class for an additional $340.50 payment.

The gray stallion has earned more than $11,800 in competition, and in addition to his show career is also a sire at his owner’s AQHA Best Remuda-winning ranch.

The always-dangerous Dualinwiththeladies was second in the amateur class with owner Julia Winders of Canyon, Texas, aboard, earning $283.75. The chestnut gelding was bred by Singleton Ranches and is by Dualwithme and out of SCR Ginnin Lady by The Hot Express.

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