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 – 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

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

Black Hills Roundup Ranch Rodeo – July 2, Belle Fourche, South Dakota

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

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

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

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

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

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.