AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders

Ranching Heritage Breeders breed and raise the ranch-type horse.

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AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Qualifications

AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders should embody the longevity, integrity and honesty of the ranching tradition. Ranching Heritage Breeders breed and raise the ranch-type horse, which remains at the core of the American Quarter Horse Association and epitomizes the breed’s versatility.

To be recognized as a Ranching Heritage Breeder, breeders must meet the following criteria:

  • The ranch must be a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.
  • Ranch remudas must consist of registered American Quarter Horses.
  • The ranch must breed and register at least five foals annually.
  • The ranch must maintain a remuda for the specific purpose of operating a working cattle ranch.
  • The ranch must have received, at minimum, an AQHA 10-year Breeder award.
  • Applicants must submit at least three reference letters including at least one from a current Ranching Heritage Breeder.
  • The ranch must apply to and be approved by the AQHA Ranching Committee and AQHA Executive Committee.
  • The ranch must pay a $25 annual fee to maintain status as a Ranching Heritage Breeder.

Apply now to become part of the Ranching Heritage Breeders.

Looking for a Ranching Heritage Breeder?

View the current list of Ranching Heritage Breeders.

This list is updated quarterly. To find out if a ranch is a Ranching Heritage Breeder, please contact AQHA.

Ranching Heritage Breeders, enroll your horses in the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge program.