Ranching Heritage Programs

Learn more about the Ranching Heritage Breeders program, Ranching Heritage Challenges and the Young Horse Development Program.

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders is a breeder referral program. To become part of the Ranching Heritage Breeders, ranches must be members of AQHA and their ranch remudas must consist of American Quarter Horses, which must be used primarily to work ranch cattle. The ranch must own at least five American Quarter Horse mares that are used to produce the remuda, and the ranch must have received at least an AQHA 10-year breeder award. Ranches that qualify can download this application or call AQHA Customer Service at (806) 376-4811. The AQHA Ranching Committee and AQHA Executive Committee review the applications. The program cost $25 per year. Ranching Heritage Breeders are entitled to use a special logo on their advertising, and that logo also appears on the AQHA registration certificates of horses bred by Ranching Heritage Breeders. Ranches that are members of the Ranching Heritage Breeders also are eligible to enter their horses in exclusive competitions and sales.

AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges

AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges are exclusive show opportunities for AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred and -enrolled horses. Are held regionally around the United States, with competing horses invited to the AQHA Ranching Heritage Finals in June in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Five RHC classes are offered to different levels of riders and ages of horses – working ranch horse, limited working ranch horse (box-drive-box-drive for amateur and youth only) ranch riding, team roping and barrel racing. Classes are offered at discretion of show management.

AQHA Young Horse Development Program

The Ranching Committee is also interested in getting more youth involved with horses. Ranching Heritage Breeders interested in donating a weanling, please download the donation form here. The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program helps youth learn how to work with young horses. Ranching Heritage Breeders can make weanlings eligible for youth to apply to receive for free or at a nominal fee. American Quarter Horse Youth Association members apply through AQHA to be a recipient of a foal. Youth take the weanling home, train and develop the the young horse for a chance to win scholarships and prizes from Montana Silversmiths, Justin Boots and Wrangler. Plus, they keep their horse.

AQHA Top Ranching Heritage-Bred Horse Awards

These awards recognize 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.


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