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.