Ranching Heritage Challenge

Ranching Heritage Challenge

Rapid City, South Dakota, hosts Ranching Heritage Challenge on July 24-26.

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Rapid City, South Dakota, welcomed horsemen on July 24-26 for a Ranching Heritage Challenge, which featured $15,000 in added money for horsemen riding horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.

The AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge highlights the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses born and raised on a ranch. 

The goal of the Ranching Heritage Breeders program is to recognize AQHA’s ranching members who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use working cattle and, through a series of ranch horse competitions, the Ranching Heritage Challenge is intended to increase the demand for ranch horses by providing an opportunity for ranches and horse owners to compete in a unique ranch horse competition with a significant purse. 

Ranching Heritage Challenges are open to any horse bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Anyone who owns an eligible horse can compete in one of the multiple age and skill level divisions offered for both horse and rider.

In Rapid City, Matt Koch rode Kristy Kay Miller’s Seven S Reyzor to win the 4-year-old working ranch horse, earning $2,040 for the victory. 

Bred by the Best Remuda-winning R.T. Stuart Ranch LLC, the sorrel gelding is by Dual Smart Rey and out of the Peptos Stylish Oak mare Seven S Stylish Page. The horse has already earned more than $35,000 in National Reined Cow Horse Association competition. 

Justin Lawrence tied for second with two of his horses, CR Tuffer N Hail (Woody Be Tuff-Calie Del Rey by Dual Rey) and Smart Vaca Reina (Bettin Yer Smart-Shiney Vaca Reina by Vaca Rey).

CR Tuffer N Hail was bred by Center Ranch and is owned by Justin with Kelcie Lawrence, and Smart Vaca Reina  was bred by Debra K. Brown and Larry Licking and is owned by Long Pines Land & Livestock. Both horses earned a check worth $680.

Taking the limited division of the 4-year-old class was Lucas Talbott, who rode his own AR Powder Blu Boon to earn $840. 

AR Powder Blu Boon was bred by Atwood Quarter Horses of Atwood, California. The red roan mare is by Once In A Blu Boon and out of the Ill Be Smart mare Illbeprettypowerful. 

Second was Katie Jo Matusio’s Cowboys Playin A 622 with Matthew Matusio aboard. 

Koch came back to notch another win in the 5- and 6-year-old working ranch horse class, this time on world champion Opus Cat Olena. 

The horse bred by Best Remuda winning Wagonhound Land and Livestock picked up $1,440 for owner Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska.

Second was Ethan Walker aboard Rustic Metal (Metallic Cat-Getta Mister by Mister Dual Pep). The horse, owned by S&W Performance Horses, earned $960. This team also won the limited division of the 5- and 6-year-old class, picking up $1,300 for that win. 

Finishing second in the limited 5- and 6-year-old class was Dry Teijan Bourbon (Trips Whiskey-Miss Broadway Dry by Dry Doc) with Heath Heyden aboard for Heyden Quarter Horses. 

Gary Watt picked up a check worth $1,800 with SF Boonlight Checker in the cowboy working ranch horse class. The 2016 mare is by Boonlight Wilson and out of the Figure Four Chex mare Frostie Checker, and was bred by Michael and Kim St. Clair. 

Heath Heyden aboard Dry Teijan Bourbon and Jonathan Peachey aboard Stressin Onetime (Stressolena-Shes Onetimes Ticket by One Time Pepto) tied for second. 

Kristy Kay Miller won the amateur working ranch horse aboad Smart And Driven, earning $800. The gelding was bred by Cowan Select Quarter Horses and is by WR This Cats Smart and out of the Peptoboonsmal mare Purpose Driven. 

Brianna Koch was second aboard Smart Ladies Sparkle (WR This Cats Smart-Shiners Diamond Lady by Shining Spark), earning $480. 

In the limited amateur working ranch horse, Extra Sweet Freckles and Lisa Robinett marked a 270.5 to win the class and take home $150.The 2012 mare is by Mr Sun O Freckles and out of the Skeets Peppy mare Skeet Emotion and was bred by Bond Ranch. 

Heath Heyden and Dry Teijan Bourbon were second.

In the amateur limited box-drive-box-drive, scoring a 282 and earning $420 was Cowboys Playin A 622 and Katie Jo Matusio. The mare bred by Best Remuda winning Bar A Ranches in Oklahoma is by Playguns San Badger and out of the Bodee Boonsmal mare MH Boon In Me. 

Poppin Is Smart (Poppin Peponita-Chantella Smart by King Smart) and Tammy Wellnitz were second. 

In the Level 1 division of the box-drive-box-drive class, Tammy Wellnitz and Poppin Is Smart won. 

The Singleton Ranches-bred SCR Dual Edition (A Smooth Edition-SCR Dual Flit by Dualwithme) and Briana Danielson were second. 

Capturing the youth working ranch horse class was Rey Cool Cat (Smooth Talking Cat-Smart Miss Dual Rey by Dual Rey) and Dallie L. Lawrence. The gelding was bred by Debra Brown and Larry Licking. 

Abbey Russel aboard  the Box O Quarter Horse-bred BOXO Chicas Merada (Weavers Merada Joe-Freckles O Chic by Smart Chic Olena) were second, and they were tied for first in the Level 1 division of the class with Ayden Long aboard the Michael and Kim St. Clair-bred SF Shining Light (Boonlight Wilson-Shiners Non Blonde by Silks Shining Spark). 

Taking first in the Level 1 youth box-drive-box-drive was 4-year-old Tenley Ostrander aboard all-time leading Ranching Heritage program money earner BOXO Heavens Blue (SNW Heavens King-Snippy Blue Card by Masie’s Blue), who is still owned by breeder Box O Quarter Horses.

Capturing a win in the brand new 7-and-up working ranch horse class was Matt Koch aboard Smart And Driven, earning $1,800 for owner Kristy Kay Miller.

Ryan Cole and SF Shining Light were second. 

Winning the other new class, the open ranch cutting, was Matt Koch and Seven S Reyzor, earning $640.

Matt was also second aboard Opus Cat Olena, earning $480.

Smart And Driven carried owner Kristy Kay Miller to win the amateur ranch cutting, earning $660. 

Second was Extra Sweet Freckles and Lisa Robinett, earning $440.

Abbey Russell rode BOXO Chicas Merada to win the youth ranch cutting.

Matt Kelly guided Best Remuda winner Wagonhound Land & Livestock’s homebred Shiner Dear Rey to win the open ranch riding, winning $450. The horse is by Reys Dual Badger and out of the Shining Spark mare Miss Shiner Dear. 

Second was Matt Koch and Seven S Reyzor, collecting another $375.

Poppin Is Smart and Tammy Wellnitz won the amateur ranch riding, earning $540.

Kristy Kay Miller and Smart And Driven were second, worth $405.

Ayden Long and SF Shining Light won the youth ranch riding, and Abbey Russel and BOXO Chicas Merada were second.

In the open team roping, Michael and Kim St. Clair’s SF Cash Bay took the win with Ethan Walker aboard. The 2015 stallion, who is by Four Bonnie Bay and out of the Nu Cash Cow mare Four Cash 800, earned $1,080 for the win.

Walker also was second with S&W Performance Horses’ The Metallic Patron (Metallic Cat-Sweet Shorty Lena by Shorty Lena), earning $720.

Jacelyn Watt won the amateur team roping aboard her homebred Preferred Pepto, earning $650. The 2008 stallion is by Lenas Lil Boon and out of Angels Preferred by Preferred Pay.

Lisa Robinett and Extra Sweet Freckles were second.

In the youth team roping, Ayden Long won with SF Shining Light.

Capturing the open barrel race was DL Frenchman King and Sarah Moreland, earning $450. The sorrel gelding is by Colonel Frenchman and out of the Comos Cottoneye mare Comos King Playgirl, bred by Denny and Doris Lauing.

Jacelyn Watt and Preferred Pepto were second, picking up $300.

The pair also won the amateur barrel racing, gathering another $550 paycheck.

Second in the amateur barrel acing were Allie Ostrander and BOXO Heavens Diane (SNW Heavens King-RWS Miss Jackie Sara by Daniel J Bee).

In the youth barrel racing, JB Childress (Trips Whiskey-Jesses BJ by Sunrise Jessie 77) won with Randi Childress riding.

Dallie L. Lawrence and Rey Cool Cat were second.