AQHA Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Awards

AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses are recognized at a number of AQHA and alliance events throughout the year.

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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.

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.

Is My Horse Eligible?

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.

2020 Awards

AQHA presented the Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Award at the following events in 2020:

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

  • Winner - Jills Last Bet, 2014 sorrel mare (Bet Hesa Cat-Shiners Diamond Jill by Shining Spark), owned by Jubilee Stringfellow of Calera, Oklahoma, and bred by Garth and Amanda Gardiner of Whitesboro, Texas 

Farnam AQHA World Championship Show – November 2-21, Oklahoma City

  • Open Winner - Lil Trash Talk, 2015 sorrel gelding (Gunnatrashya-Dainty Little Step by Wimpys Little Step), owned by Susan Van Cleve of Fredricksburg, Texas, and bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas
  • Amateur Winner -Bets Gin, 2012 sorrel mare (Bet Hesa Cat-Valliant Gin by Tanquery Gin), owned by Mary Martha Edwards Richter of Fort Worth, and bred by Burnett Ranches LLC of Fort Worth 
  • Amateur Level 1 Winner - 2013 brown mare (Cat Man Do-Kings Tucks Miss by Poco King Tuck), owned by H.O. IV and Melaina Middleton of Decatur, Texas, and bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas.