Central Coast Ranching Heritage Challenge

Central Coast Ranching Heritage Challenge

Central Coast Ranch Horse Classic hosts first qualifying Ranching Heritage Challenge of 2021.

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The AQHA Ranching Heritage program was created to promote American Quarter Horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, and the versatile, sound and willing horses that are ranch-born and -raised. Ranching Heritage Breeders are those who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use in working cattle. These enrolled breeders must have bred horses for at least 10 years and register at least five foals per year. 

The Ranching Heritage program also increases the rewards for eligible horses competing in the show ring. AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges are open only to horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, although anyone can own and show these horses.

On May 22-23, the Central Coast Ranch Horse Classic at Carmel Valley, California, hosted a bonus Challenge event, which offered a qualifying opportunity for the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, and is offered in addition to the added-money and bonus Challenges held around the country. The Central Coast Ranch Horse Classic is California‚Äôs longest-running AQHA Ranch Horse Versatility event, and also offered National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance qualification through its Western State Versatility Ranch Horse Association sanctioning. 

To find out if your horse is eligible to compete in Ranching Heritage Challenges, call 806-376-4811, or check the list of current Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Limited 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse
Never mind his name, Outta Tune was in sync with owner and exhibitor Mary Nelson of Cool, California, as they won the limited 4-year-old working ranch horse class. 

The 2012 red roan gelding was bred by Danny Poole of Texline, Texas, and is by Boonie Toons and out of Dual Serenity by TR Dual Rey. 

5- and 6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse 
Debby Sanguinetti guided the 6-year-old gelding Bet Hes Shiney to win the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class. 

Bet Hes Shiney was bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner of Whitesboro, Texas, and is owned by Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Sanguinetti of Farmington, California. The gelding is sired by Bet Hesa Cat and out of the Shining Spark mare Shiney Senorita. 

7-and-Up Working Ranch Horse
The senior bridle horses were highlighted by the efforts of Its Remedy Time, who won the 7-and-up working ranch horse class with Sarah Clifford aboard.

Its Remedy Time is a 7-year-old mare owned by Barbara Lindemann Ditmore of Carmel, California. She was bred by Holy Cow Performance Horses of Santa Ynez, California, and is sired by Very Smart Remedy and out of the One Time Pepto mare One Time Rey Jay. 

Open Ranch Riding
Jennifer Ray and Walk It Talk It conquered the ranch riding under the keen eye of Mike Lund.

Walk It Talk It is a 2017 sorrel mare owned by Eleanor Jane Warneck of Hollister, California. The flashy mare was bred by Center Ranch of Centersville, Texas, and is by Woody Be Tuff and out of the High Brow Cat mare Brogans Fancy Cat. 

Finishing second was Kathy Torres and Opus Smart Cat. 

Ranch Cutting
Its Remedy Time and Sarah Clifford also won the ranch cutting, notching their second Ranching Heritage Challenge class victory at the event.

Kathy Torres and Opus Smart Cat were second. 

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