Ranching Heritage Challenge

WR This Cats Smart mare tops Pueblo Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge.

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This Shiney Miss and Lanham Brown stop their steer. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

A mare bred by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda-winning ranch Wagonhound Land and Livestock and owned by Best Remuda-winning R.A. Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, Texas, topped the open 4-year-old working ranch horse class at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge held August 30 at Pueblo, Colorado, earning a cool $2,550 check.

This Shiney Miss was ridden by Lanham Brown, and the pair adds to an already impressive resume. Last year, the pair were third in the National Reined Cow Horse Association Non Pro Futurity and won the Intermediate Non Pro division. She adds to earnings that already exceed $24,000.

The mare is by leading sire WR This Cats Smart and out of the Shining Spark mare Shiney Miss Hickory. She is a sister to Hesa Hickory Cat ($13,969) and WRS Shiney Diamond ($15,789).

Finishing second in the class was Paddy Style, ridden by Terry Riddle. The pair earned $1,700 for the finish. Paddy Style is a sorrel mare bred and owned by Burnett Ranches LLC; she is by Mr Playinstylish and out of the Paddys Irish Whiskey mare Cowgirl Paddy, and she won the class at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge held in Fort Worth in January.

Limited Open 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Veteran Ranching Heritage Challenge competitor Stetson Ostrander had a relatively new dance partner, but ended up in a familiar spot. Riding his family’s BOXO Chicas Merada, Ostrander picked up a win in the limited open 4-year-old class, and earned $1,950 for the effort. The Ostrander family operates the Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year operation Box O Quarter Horses at Gordon, Nebraska.

BOXO Chicas Merada is a bay son of Weavers Merada Joe and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Freckles O Chic. The horse has $244 in Ranching Heritage Challenge earnings. He is a half-brother to the Gallo Del Cielo mare Gallos Smart Chic, who has more than 110 AQHA points and more than $6,000 in National Reining Horse Association earnings.

SS Some Hey Please, ridden by Katie Walker, was second in the class.

While the runners up in the limited 4-year-old class, SS Some Hey Please and Katie Walker were the victors in the Cowboy class.

The pair earned $2,450. The sorrel gelding was bred and raised by Best Remuda winner Silver Spur Operating Co. He is by WR One Eyed Jack and out of the Hey Houston mare Desire Some Hey.

This makes the gelding a full brother to world champion SS Hey One Eye, as well as performer SS One Eyed Desire.

Finishing second was Two Gold Hearts RAB, ridden by R.A. Brown. The 8-year-old PG Shogun gelding was bred by Rob A. Brown and is out of the Hesa Eddie Hancock mare Hancock Smooth Lady.

Open 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
A perpetual winner, This Cats Sinful pulled another big check in the open 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class with owner Matt Koch of Ault, Colorado. They did so with an eyebrow-raising 300 combined score from the two judges.

The Cowan Select-bred mare has won quite a few prior Ranching Heritage Challenge classes. At this event, she pulled in $1,440 for the win, which is added to the $23,949 in National Reined Cow Horse Association and Ranching Heritage Challenge earnings she has already collected.

The 6-year-old mare is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Freckles Playboy mare Sinful Playgirl. She is a full sister to Sinful Cat ($105,183) and a half-sister to Stylish Masin (by Docs Stylish Oak, $21,126).

The 5-year-old gelding Playin Motown (Mr Playinstylish-Mo Flo by Mr Peponita Flo), ridden by Ben Baldus, finished second, earning $960 for the placing.

Limited Open 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Juliette Watt’s Uno What Time marked the top score in the limited open 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class.

Ridden by Trevor Carter, the 5-year-old bay roan gelding pulled in a check worth $1,140. The horse has NRCHA earnings of $4,177.

Watt, who is based in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, acquired the Garth and Amanda Gardiner-bred horse earlier this year. Uno What Time is by One Time Pepto and out of the Smart Little Uno mare Uno What Weeno. This makes him a half-brother to the successful Uno What Time It Is (by A Chic In Time, $127,286), as well as Playoff Time (by A Chic In Time, $25,340).

Stetson Ostrander was second in the class with BOXO Valentines Cat (Palo Duro Cat-Tracis Blue Roan by Roan Ambrose), earning $760.

Amateur Working Ranch Horse
The 6-year-old gelding Ima Wynna RAB kept right on winning, with regular jockey Myles Brown aboard.

At this event, they picked up $1,400 for the win in the amateur working ranch horse, with a 294 combined score from the two judges.

The 6-year-old gelding was bred by Rob A. Brown and is by PG Shogun and out of the Right On Tivio mare Right On Eddie RAB. The Stinnett, Texas-based team have earned more than $34,000 in competition, with the majority coming from NRCHA events. They were also fourth in the amateur working cow horse at the 2016 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show, and were champions at the inaugural Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals in 2017.

Finishing second was NRCHA world champion OTP Rio (One Time Pepto-Hickorys Tornado Rio by Doc’s Hickory), with owner Jeremy Gugelmeyer aboard. Their check was worth $1,050.

Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Always a fierce competitor, highlighted by his efforts in the cow work division, SCR Dualinforjewels carried owner Meredith Lubbock to win the limited amateur working ranch horse class.

The bay roan gelding and his Amarillo-based owner earned $750 for the win. SCR Dualinforjewels was bred by Best Remuda winner Singleton Ranches and is by Dualwithme and out of the Docs My Tio mare SCR Sonita Doc.

Charlie Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was second with Riskey Irish Whiskey, earning $500. The handsome dun gelding was bred by Mike Major and is by Smart Whiskey Doc and is out of the Docs Smoky Pine mare Docs Creamy Miss.

Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Riskey Irish Whiskey was a winner in the Level 1 division with Charlie Stewart aboard – they earned an extra $87.50 for that.

The 16-year-old is a VRH Top 10 finisher and was a champion at the inaugural Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals in 2017 with co-owner Donna Stewart aboard. He has earned $4,546 in his career.

Blue Savanah Style (Blue Savanah Holli-Instant Sandy by SR Instant Choice) was second, with owner Kristen Welch aboard. The Watrous Valley Ranch Ltd-bred gelding earned $52.50 for the placing.

Youth Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Youth Working Ranch Horse
Blue Savanah Style was a family horse, as he also carried Tate Welch of Franktown, Colorado, to a win in the youth and Level 1 youth working ranch horse.

The 6-year-old brown gelding was bred in New Mexico by Watrous Valley Ranch, and is sired by the Mecom Blue stallion Blue Savanah Holli, an accomplished NRCHA and VRH horse. The horse is out of Instant Sandy, making him a full-brother to NRCHA earner Mecom Peppy Doc.

Limited Youth Working Ranch Horse
Catelyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, beat herself in the limited youth working ranch horse. She finished first with Playin Motown and second aboard Do It Classy.

Walker rode her Playin Motown, who earlier in the day was second in the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class with Ben Baldus aboard, to the victory. The 5-year-old gelding is by Mr Playinstylish and is out of the Mr Peponita Flo mare Mo Flo. He was bred by Kit and Charlie Moncrief and Lee Tennison. Playin Motown has earned more than $8,600 already in his career.

Open Ranch Riding
Trevor Carter of Clovis, New Mexico, was the only open rider to earn two class wins of the day (matching amateur Lanham Brown and youth Catelyn Walker). For his second win, he rode the Bogle Bros. LLC’s homebred MC Cowhammer to win the open ranch riding class. They earned $396 for the win.

The red roan stallion is a son of Metallic Cat and out of the Playgun mare Gunsmart Gay. Bogle Bros. is a Best Remuda-winning outfit based in Dexter, New Mexico. The 3-year-old red roan stallion is a sibling to money earner Frito Pep, and their dam is a half-sibling to Bambi Freckles (by Freckles Playboy, $102,103), Smarter Than Pepto (by Peptoboonsmal, $41,542) and Bambino Playgirl (by Freckles Playboy, $22,138).

Tackling the open division, Julia Winders and her Dualinwiththeladies (Dualwithme-SCR Ginnin Lady by The Hot Express) earned $330 for finishing second.

Amateur Ranch Riding
World champions Take A Pick and Lanham Brown won the amateur ranch riding, earning $438.

The gray stallion was bred by Burnett Ranches LLC and is owned by R.A. Brown Ranch. The 5-year-old is by Sixes Pick and out of the Playgun mare Sixes Playgun, making him a full brother to reserve world champion Sixes Sixgun. He has earned more than $11,200 in his competition career.

Julia Winders was again second aboard the Singleton Ranches-bred Dualinwiththeladies, earning an additional $365 check.

Youth Ranch Riding
Catelyn Walker again picked up a first-second finish in the youth ranch riding, but this time swapped placings.

In the ranch riding, she won with Do It Classy, with Playin Motown second.

Do It Classy is a 7-year-old daughter of Cat Man Do out of the Mr Solano Smoke mare High Class Senorita. She was bred by Best Remuda winner W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas. The mare has earned more than $11,200 in her career, and was third in the limited division at the 2016 VRH World Championship.

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