September Ranching Newsletter

Ranch Horse Journal Raning Newsletter

September 28, 2016

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Challenge Riches

The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges offer an exclusive opportunity for Ranching Heritage-bred horses, offering $90,000 this year alone, divided over six Challenges held around the country. Of the two held in the first two weeks of September, one horse stood out as a big winner – Jane Bagley’s homebred Dry Blue Grass, who won the open 4-year-old working ranch horse at both events. At the September 1 Challenge in Pueblo, the filly was ridden by Blue Allen. At the September 17 event in Amarillo, the filly was ridden by Jane’s husband, Scott.

On September 24, Matt Koch rode his own This Cats Sinful to win the $2,500-added open 4-year-old division at the Ranching Heritage Challenge in Reno, Nevada, in conjunction with the National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity.

The year’s final Challenge is on October 19 in Billings, Montana. All of the horses that compete at any of the Ranching Heritage Challenges this year are eligible to compete at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals in March 2017 in Houston, held in conjunction with the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships.

Priceless Education

There is nothing like riding the range – unless, of course, you get to ride the range while also attending an educational boot camp in preparation for showing. That’s exactly what clients of AQHA Professional Horseman Trevor Carter got to do at his ranch near Clovis, New Mexico. The students gathered to enjoy good horses, good friends and learn in preparation for the Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge, held on September 17 in nearby Amarillo.

Of course, if you can’t attend a boot camp, there is still education to be found. For example, in ranch riding, should you sit, stand or post the extended trot? Find out what AQHA Professional Horsewoman Debbie Cooper told the audience at the Nutrena Ride the Pattern clinic offered at the 2016 AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), and get more tips in the fall issue of the Ranch Horse Journal.

Attention Youth!

Are you, or do you know of a young horseman, who would like to improve their hands-on horsemanship skills – and possibly get a scholarship to boot? The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program offers AQHYA members exactly that chance, courtesy of the generosity of Ranching Heritage Breeders from around the country. Thanks to these breeders, the Young Horse Development Program is able to accept more applications for individuals interested in participating in the program. In addition to improving horsemanship skills and the possibility of a scholarship, selected individuals will receive a free weanling donated by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. The application deadline for this program has been extended to October 15.

Top RHB Horse

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Ranching Heritage-bred horses continue to show their versatility, as 24 of them stepped into the pen at the 2016 Adequan® Select World. To honor these horses, AQHA presented a special award to the Ranching Heritage-bred horse that placed the highest. At the show’s conclusion, Ms King Forty Two (Cow Bo Country-Dukes Summer Gold by Sir Duke Gibbs) was honored as the top Ranching Heritage-bred horse.

Want a Free Hat?

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Every month this summer, AQHA Media gave away a great prize to new and renewing subscribers, as well as readers who share their impressions and opinions of the Association’s magazines. Enter now for a chance to win a 100X Master Hatters premium felt hat and a trip for two to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

You Be the Judge …

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Individuals interested in becoming an AQHA judge specializing in ranch riding have an opportunity to test and become certified during the AQHA Educational Judging Seminar December 12-14 in Irving, Texas. Judges can also have specialized cards in Versatility Ranch Horse, cutting, reining and roping, among others.


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