Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge

Opus Cat Olena tops Amarillo Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge.

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Opus Cat Olena and Matt Koch. PHOTO: Andrea Caudill

With a smooth and powerful run, Matt Koch guided Opus Cat Olena to a 151.5 score in the 4-year-old working ranch horse class at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge held September 15-16 at Amarillo, good for a win in the class.

The horse brought home a check worth $2,125 for owner Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska, a past Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year. The WR This Cats Smart stallion was bred by Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Wagonhound Land & Livestock LLC of Douglas, Wyoming. He is out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Opus Chic.

The stallion has already earned more than $42,000 in National Reined Cow Horse Association earnings.

Finishing second and earning $1,275 for the placing was This Shiney Miss, with Lanham Brown aboard.

5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Yet another horse coming off a Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda-winning ranch took the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class.

Idalou, Texas, based trainer Justin Stanton guided his own SS One Eyed Dualer to victory, and picked up a check worth $1,170.

The 6-year-old mare comes from the breeding program of Silver Spur Operating Co. She is by WR One Eyed Jack and out of the Dauling Royalty mare Dualing Sassy. She is a full sister to competition money earner SS One Eye N Sassy.

SS One Eyed Dualer competed at the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships, finishing fourth in cowboy cutting and ranch cutting, and she has earnings in Ranch Horse Association of America competition.

World champion Take A Pick picked up a second-place check in the class with Lanham Brown aboard. The gray stallion bred by Burnett Ranches LLC and owned by R.A. Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, Texas, earned $780.

Limited 5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
AQHA Professional Horseman Rick Chayer was the only professional to win more than one class during the Amarillo Ranching Heritage Challenge.

In addition to winning the open ranch riding, he also guided Justa Genuine Shine to victory in the limited 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class. They picked up $960 for the win.

Justa Genuine Shine is a 5-year-old stallion by Justa Genuine Jack and out of the Shining Spark mare Shes More Shine. He is owned by breeder Timothy C. Fitzgerald of Shreveport, Louisiana. The red dun has more than 50 AQHA points, the majority coming in dally heeling, and last year was sixth in Level 2 junior heeling at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show. He has earnings in world show and Ranching Heritage Challenge earnings.

Trevor Carter rode Uno What Time to a second-place finish, earning $640. The bay roan gelding is owned by Juliette Watt, and was bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner. He is by One Time Pepto and out of the Smart Little Uno mare Uno What Weeno.

Cowboy Working Ranch Horse
R.A. Brown rode the bay gelding Two Gold Hearts RAB to win the cowboy class.

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
Lanham Brown defeated himself in the amateur working ranch horse. His This Shiney Miss outscored his Take A Pick by a half point to take the win.

The palomino mare scored a 145.5, while the gray stallion marked a 145. The mare earned $1,360 while the stallion earned $1,020. Both horses are owned by R.A. Brown Ranch of Throckmorton, Texas.

This Shiney Miss a few weeks earlier won the open 4-year-old working ranch horse class at the Pueblo, Colorado, Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge, and a few hours earlier was second in this Challenge’s 4-year-old class. Take A Pick was also a class winner at the Pueblo event.

Last year, Lanham and This Shiney Miss 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).

Lanham and Take A Pick were the cowboy world champions at the Zoetis AQHA VRH World Championships.

Level 1 Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Eric Stevenson of Spur, Texas, was armed with his own Becaco Magnum 357, and took the Level 1 amateur working ranch horse class.

The 5-year-old gelding was bred by Beggs Cattle Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, and is by the appropriately named 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.

Finishing second was RO Sissys Winner (Dual Winner-RD Peppy Chex by Peppy Mania), ridden by owner Amanda Mayfield of Playas, New Mexico. The 13-year-old mare was bred by the O RO Ranch of Prescott, Arizona.

Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse
Fresh off a win at the Pueblo Ranching Heritage Challenge, Amarillo-based SCR Dualinforjewels and Meredith Lubbock also took their hometown edition of this class, earning an additional $540.

The pair scored a 142 for the win. The 11-year-old bay roan gelding was bred by the Best Remuda-winning Singleton Ranches of Lamy, New Mexico, and has earned more than $3,500 in Ranching Heritage competition.

Lubbock was also second, as she rode her leased mount Trixies Sixes (Sixes Pick-Trixie Petie by Paseos Paisano) to earn a $405 check. The sorrel stallion was bred by Burnett Ranches LLC.

Level 1 Limited Amateur Working Ranch Horse
In the Level 1 division of the limited amateur class, Wes Klein and By Our CD were winners, earning a $120 check.

By Our CD is a 5-year-old stallion by CDs Boonolena by the Roosters Shorty mare Roosters Note, bred by Kim Wilson of Las Animas, Colorado. Klein bought the horse as a yearling.

By Our CD is a full brother to reserve world champions Cowpony Express and Reata B Rejoicing.

Finishing second was Amanda Spiva riding SRS Playin Fletch (TRR Son D Seven-Fletchs Pick by Sixes Pick). The 4-year-old mare was bred by the Scivally Ranch of Canyon, Texas.

Youth Working Ranch Horse
VRH world champions Trail Townsend and TRR Lucky Playgun smoked the youth working ranch horse class.

The 9-year-old gray gelding is by Pepcid and out of the Playgun mare TRR Ms Lucky Gun. He was bred by Tongue River Ranch of Paducah, Texas, and is owned by Trail’s dad, Tripp Townsend of Earth, Texas.

Earlier this summer, the duo were the youth world champions at the Zoetis AQHA VRH World Championships. The horse has almost $10,000 in earnings in Ranch Horse Association of America competition.

Finishing second in the class was Dara Adkins with Sho Me Eddie RAB (PG Shogun-Shesa Rock Hancock by Hesa Eddie Hancock). The 10-year-old mare was bred by Rob A. Brown.

Limited Youth Working Ranch Horse
Level 1 Limited Youth Working Ranch Horse
Youth Ranch Riding
The only three class winner in the Challenge was Michele Spencer of Hobbs, New Mexico, who guided TR Kitty to victory in the limited youth and Level 1 limited youth working ranch horse and youth ranch riding classes.

In the ranch riding, the pair marked a 75.5 to win. In their working ranch horse class, they marked a 142.5 to take the win.

The flashy 5-year-old sorrel mare was bred by the Hal Bogle Estate of Dexter, New Mexico. She is sired by the Dual Rey stallion TR Dual Rey and is out of the Smart Aristocrat mare Aristos Painted Cat. She is a half sister to Pixy Portrait, an earner of more than $8,000 in National Cutting Horse Association competition.

Finishing second in both the limited working ranch horse and ranch riding was Playin Motown (Mr Playinstylish-Mo Flo by Mr Peponita Flo) and owner/exhibitor Catelyn Walker.

Open Ranch Riding
Rick Chayer challenged a demanding ranch riding pattern to mark a victory in the open ranch riding class aboard the 5-year-old stallion Series Premiere.

Series Premiere is a red dun son of Justa Genuine Jack bred by Pitzer Ranch of Ericson, Nebraska. He is out of the Im Chairman stallion HA Go Chairman Go. The pair earned $372 for the class win.

The stallion already has his superior in dally team roping heeling.

Continuing to take on open riders, amateur Julia Winders rode Dualinwiththeladies to finish second, earning $310.

Amateur Ranch Riding
Winders also wheeled back to win the amateur ranch riding, picking up another $372 check.

Based in Canyon, Texas, Winders’ gelding is an 11-year-old son of Dualwithme out of the mare SCR Ginnin Lady, a daughter of The Hot Express. He was bred by Singleton Ranches of Lamy, New Mexico.

Finishing second was Trixies Sixes with Meredith Lubbock aboard, earning $310.

Open Team Roping
The winner of the open team roping was 11-year-old Brazos Roberts, with the 8-year-old TRR Pepto Yi Yo.

It took the pair a mere 5.3 seconds to stop the clock – a full 1/100th ahead of second place. 

The bay roan gelding is bred and owned by Tongue River Ranch of Paducah, Texas, and is by Pepcid and out of the Lenas May Day mare Yipee Yi Yo. The pair were the 2018 Zinn Lindsey Rising Star winners at this spring’s Ranch Horse Association of America National Finals. For this effort, they earned $500.

Finishing second was another youth: Blake Dunkel and Bo Baby.

Amateur Team Roping
After picking up a substantial check in the working cow horse portion of the Ranching Heritage Challenge, R.A. Brown switched horses and events, but continued in the pattern of picking up winning checks.

This time, he won the amateur team roping aboard Eadie Hancock RAB. The gray mare is bred and owned by Rob A. Brown, and she is by Hesa Eddie Hancock and out of the Nero Five mare Elsie Travis. She is a full sister to point-earning roping horse Glenwood Eddie RAB. Eadie Hancock RAB earned $375 for her 5.29 second run.

Finishing second in the field of 15 and earning $312.50 was CKC Holdem (Colonel Kai Cola-Olenas Magpie by Olena Chex), owned and exhibited by Chad Smith of Spur, Texas. The bay gelding was bred by Wayne Smith of Dickens, Texas.

Youth Team Roping
The results from the open team roping were flipped in the youth division runs, as Blake Dunkel bested Brazos Roberts by 1/100th.

Blake, who is based in Archer City, Texas, rode his own Bo Baby to a 7.050 finish. The 5-year-old sorrel gelding was bred by the W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas. He is by Cat Man Do and out of the Mr Sorrel Bo mare Bo Baby Doll. The pair have Ranching Heritage Challenge earnings.

Brazos and TRR Pepto Yi Yo were second.

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