AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders

Ranching Heritage Breeders breed and raise the ranch-type horse.

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AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Qualifications

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders should embody the longevity, integrity and honesty of the ranching tradition. Ranching Heritage Breeders breed and raise the ranch-type horse, which remains at the core of the American Quarter Horse Association and epitomizes the breed’s versatility.

To be recognized as a Ranching Heritage Breeder, breeders must meet the following criteria:

  • The ranch must be a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
  • Ranch remudas must consist of registered American Quarter Horses maintained for the specific purpose of operating a working cattle ranch.
  • The ranch must breed and register at least five foals annually for the past 10 years.
  • The ranch must have received, at minimum, an AQHA 10-year Breeder award.
  • Applicants must submit at least three reference letters including at least one from a current Ranching Heritage Breeder.
  • The ranch must apply to and be approved by the AQHA Ranching Committee and AQHA Executive Committee.
  • The ranch must pay a $25 annual fee to maintain status as a Ranching Heritage Breeder.

Apply now to become part of the Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Looking for a Ranching Heritage Breeder?

View the current list of Ranching Heritage Breeders.  

Mares owned by an approved Ranching Heritage Breeder or one of their associates, at the time of breeding, will produce a Ranching Heritage Challenge eligible foal.

Ranching Heritage Breeders, enroll your horses in the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge program.


AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year Award

Download RHB of the Year nomination form.

Nominations due: November 30, 2024

What is the AQHA RHB of the Year Award?

The AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding family owned and family daily-managed cattle ranch that embodies the spirit of the Ranching Heritage Breeder program, which includes the promotion of the ranching way of life in addition to producing top quality ranch horses.

This award is for Ranching Heritage Breeders by Ranching Heritage Breeders since only fellow Ranching Heritage Breeders can nominate. The winner is selected by a panel of members from the AQHA Ranching Committee with final approval by the AQHA Executive Committee.  

Previous Ranching Heritage Breeders of the Year

View the previous award winners.