AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges

AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges

Join AQHA in Amarillo for the next AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge September 19-20.

(Credit: Ranch Horse Journal)

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The next 2020 American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Challenge is slated for September 19-20 in Amarillo during the modified Tri-State Fair livestock events.

The Amarillo Tri- State Fair was cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Livestock shows and equine events are moving forward as scheduled. For more information, visit

Coverage of the event will be provided by The American Quarter Horse Journal at

The pre-entry deadline is August 31. Late entries are due no later than September 14.

“We are excited to host this challenge and highlight AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders,” said Karen McCuistion, AQHA director of member programs. “These horses are ranch raised and demonstrate the versatility of the American Quarter Horse.”

Ranching Heritage Challenges are open to any horse bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder and enrolled in the program. AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are breeders who have been breeding American Quarter Horses for at least 10 years and whose horses are primarily bred to work on a cattle ranch. Horses foaled in 2010 and earlier are automatically enrolled into the program with no additional fees due.

Any AQHA or AQHYA member can own and show these eligible and enrolled horses in the Challenges.

The Challenges offer multiple divisions for various ages and skill levels for both horse and rider. Classes include working ranch horse and ranch riding; some Challenge events also offer cutting, team roping and barrel racing.

For more information on AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges or for upcoming events, visit

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