AQHA Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Awards

The AQHA Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Award will be presented at numerous events in 2019.

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The AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder program spotlights the quality horses produced by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. The Ranching Heritage Breeders program is designed to showcase the qualities of a working ranch horse by recognizing the top Ranching Heritage-bred horses competing at major competitions. The horse owner receives $250 and a specially created ranch-horse trophy, and the breeder also receives $250.

AQHA will present the Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Award at the following events in 2019:


Cowboy Mounted Shooting World Championships – presented March 3 in Houston

  • Winner – WWR Kings Lone Star, 2012 gray mare (Mr Forty Six King-Dr Gay Sadie by Tru Tru King), owned by Gerald McKelroy, Texas. Bred by Wagon Wheel Ranch, Texas.

AQHA Central Level 1 Championships – (amateur and youth), April 10-13, Oklahoma City

  • No winner – no eligible horses

Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships – (amateur and youth), May 1-5, Wilmington, Ohio

  • Amateur winner – Bigtime Holly, 2012 sorrel mare (Bigtime Favorite-Sixes Holly by Royal Fletch), owned by Katelynn Morgan Kemp, Indiana. Bred by Burnett Ranches LLC, Texas.
  • No youth winner – no eligible horses

Ranch Horse Association of America Finals – May 9-12, Abilene, Texas

  • Winner – I Do It Smooth, 2015 sorrel gelding (Cat Man Do-WR Smooth Lace by WR Smooth Whiskey), owned by Tripp Townsend, Texas. Bred by Gene and Helen Willingham, Texas.
  • Youth winner – TRR Highbrow Gin, 2010 sorrel gelding (Sixes Pick-Lil Sand Doll by Smart Lil Highbrow. Ridden by Cooper McCleskey, owned and bred by Tongue River Ranch, Texas.

AQHA Level 1 Cattle Championships – (amateur and youth), June 18-23, Guthrie, Oklahoma

  • Amateur winner – Lexy Hancock RAB, 2017 gray mare (Hesa Eddie Hancock-Shesa Eddie X Lady by Flying X 6), owned and bred by by Rob A Brown Stinnett, Texas.
  • Youth winner – SS One Eyed Dualer, 2012 sorrel mare (WR One Eyed Jack-Dualing Sassy by Dauling Royalty), owned by Stanton Quarter Horses and bred by Silver Spur Operating Co LLC, Texas. 

Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships – June 18-23, Guthrie, Oklahoma

  • Winner - Bobbie Can Do, 2010 gray gelding (Cat Man Do-Bo Bobbie Socks by Mr Sorrel Bo), owened by Sidney Dunkel and bred by W T Waggoner Estates, Texas.

National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance Championship - June 18-23 Guthrie Oklahoma

  • Winner - Ms Bacaco Snakeyes, 2012 brown mare (Mr Haida Flo-Becaco Snake Bite by Doctor Echo), owned by Francesca Jackson and bred by Beggs Cattle Co, Texas.

National Little Britches Rodeo Association Finals – July 2-7, Guthrie, Oklahoma

  • Winner - Macs Blue Max, 2008 gray gelding (Blue Max Hancock-Tee J Misty Babe by Tee J Johnny Finger), owned by Gavon, Tammy and Landon Hutchinson and bred by Richard and Sherileen Spader of Rosendale, Missouri. 

Texas State 4-H Show – July 21-27, Bryan, Texas

  • Winner - Bobbie Can Do, 2010 gray gelding (Cat Man Do-Bo Bobbie Socks by Mr Sorrel Bo), owned by Sidney Dunkel and bred by W T Waggoner Estates, of Vernon, Texas.

Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show – August 1-10, Oklahoma City

  • Winner - Survive These Lips, 2008 sorrel mare (CD Survivor-Lipschic by Smart Chic Olena), owned by Trevor Hale and bred by Holy Cow Performance Horses of Santa Ynez, California.  

Colorado State 4-H Horse Show – August 22-25, Pueblo, Colorado

  • Winner - Gem Of A Hickoryboon, 2011 bay mare (Cat Man Do-Bo Bobbie Socks by Mr Sorrel Bo), owned by Kirsten Ane Wood and bred by Stan and Nancy Weaver of Big Sandy, Montana.

Adequan® Select World Championship Show – August 27-31, Fort Worth

  • Winner - Big Powdie Bars, 2010 red dun mare (Big Classic Wonder-Good As I Am by Big As I Am), bred and owned by Sid Miller of Stephenville, Texas.

AQHA West Level 1 Championships – September 25-29, Las Vegas

Oklahoma State 4-H Show – October 4-6, Tulsa, Oklahoma

National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity – (open, non-pro and limited non-pro), October 6-19, Fort Worth

American Rope Horse Futurity Association Rope Horse Futurity – (open and amateur), October 17-18, Fort Worth

Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show – (open and amateur), November 7-23, Oklahoma City

Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Ranch Rodeo – November 7-10, Amarillo

National Cutting Horse Association Futurity – (open, non-pro and limited non-pro), November, Fort Worth

Stock Horse of Texas – 2019 Year-End Awards (overall winner) presented in 2020

National Reined Cow Horse Association – 2019 Year-End Standings (open, non-pro, limited non-pro and youth) presented in 2020


There is no formal entry to be eligible for the award. The horse must be bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder and must be in the current owner’s name.

To find out if your horse was bred by a Ranching Heritage Breeder, review this list of Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Ranching Heritage-bred horses are also eligible to compete in AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges once enrolled.