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10 Reasons to Own a Ranching Heritage Horse

A quick insight to the benefits of owning a Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horse.

November 5, 2018

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Horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are eligible to compete in Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges to earn money.

While the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program is a fairly young American Quarter Horse Association program, the ranches that are members of the program have been in existence for many years. The program was established in 2011 and has been growing ever since. Horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are eligible to compete in Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges to earn money. Here are a few reasons you need to own an AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horse:

Reason 1: Own a horse that’s a part of history.

To be approved as a Ranching Heritage Breeder, ranches must have been breeding American Quarter Horses for at least a decade, though many participating ranches have actually been around for centuries. There’s other criteria that must be met to be approved, like breeding horses for daily ranch work, which keeps the program true to its roots.

Reason 2: Compete at exclusive events.

The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders program includes the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, a series of ranch horse competitions where horses compete in several classes for money. The Challenges culminate in a finals event, which is slated for June in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in conjunction with the Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships.

Reason 3: Compete with your horse in the division that’s right for you.

Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges offer divisions based on horse age and rider experience. In general:

  • Open 
  • Cowboy
  • Amateur
  • Limited amateur
  • Youth 
  • Limited youth

See this full list of class rules.

Reason 4: Challenges offer a variety of classes.

  • Working ranch horse
  • Limited working ranch horse (box-drive-box-drive)
  • Ranch riding
  • Barrel racing (offered at some challenges)
  • Team roping (offered at some challenges)

Reason 5: Ride to win tens of thousands of dollars.

Challenges feature great purses – some up to $15,000 added – plus jackpot money! The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals features $30,000 added money.

Reason 6: But wait – there’s even more money available.

At some of the industry’s top events, the Ranching Heritage Breeders program pays out $250 to the owner and $250 to the ranch that bred the overall highest-placing Ranching Heritage-bred horse.

Reason 7: Your horse’s registration certificate won’t look like any other.

The registration certificates of horses bred by Ranching Heritage Breeders carry the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder logo.  

Reason 8: Youth with Ranching Heritage-bred yearlings have one of the neatest opportunities in the horse industry.

AQHYA members can apply for the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. Selected participants either receive   or can purchase a Ranching Heritage-bred yearling. The youth then spends nine months in the program learning to train and care for the yearling. Participating youth develop their horses, track their progress and compete to win scholarships and prizes. Bonus – they have an amazing horse to keep.

Reason 9: They’re versatile, too!

Ranching Heritage-bred horses excel at more than ranch horse classes. Take, for example, the Four Sixes Ranch-bred mare A Red Bird, who won the reserve world champion title in jumping with Samantha Taylor at the 2018 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.

Reason 10: Thousands of great horses!

Ranching Heritage Breeders have bred thousands of horses that carry long-standing bloodlines and whose abilities are recognized worldwide. Find a breeder who offers horses to match your goals.  

For more information on AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, visit

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New AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Internship Fund

The American Quarter Horse Foundation announces a new AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Internship Fund that supports internships with state cattle associations and AQHA for college juniors and seniors.

September 13, 2018

The American Quarter Horse Foundation and AQHA Ranching program are teaming up to offer the Ranching Heritage Breeder Internship Fund. This scholarship program was designed to keep future generations interested in agriculture and provide resources to help them succeed by working in a variety of atmospheres. The Ranching Heritage Breeder Internship Fund is open to all college juniors and seniors studying in fields related to horses and/or beef cattle.

This scholarship program was designed to keep future generations interested in agriculture and provide resources to help them succeed by working in a variety of atmospheres.

The internship program features three work experiences. The student’s primary internship is with a Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Students then spend time at both AQHA and a state cattle association. After completing the paid internship, students will also receive a scholarship paid directly to their school.

This program helps students gain business experience in the agriculture industry by working side-by-side with professionals.

“The American Quarter Horse Foundation is so pleased to partner with AQHA and the Ranching Heritage Breeders to support the future leaders of our ranching industry,” said Anna Morrison, chief Foundation officer. “Supporting this internship fund is an investment in the youth who will make sure our industry is well stewarded for generations to come.”

To support the Ranching Heritage Breeder Internship Fund, visit

About the American Quarter Horse Foundation Scholarships
Since its inception in 1976, the Foundation scholarship fund has made more than 1,200 dreams come true by providing more than $6.7 million in financial assistance to youth pursing higher education. With the help of donors, the Foundation has created a legacy of support for youth who develop into future leaders and impact the industry.

About Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders
Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are those who breed and raise the ranch-type horse, which remains at the core of the American Quarter Horse Association and epitomizes the breed’s versatility. Ranching Heritage Breeders have generously donated to AQHA initiatives and are now supporting this internship fund.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHAnews on Twitter and visit

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KT Hollywood Cad

KT Hollywood Cad is a charming colt out of Continental Piper, “Piper D,” and is by Doll Docsan, “Leroy.” Leroy is a stallion with a performance packed pedigree along with a very good disposition. He was a very smooth ride with tremendous talent, beautiful movement and huge stop. He was quiet and trainable which he passes along to his foals; he consistently produces fantastic foals with looks, color, conformation and brains. Leroy was unshown due to a wire cut injury that took a long time to heal; it happened just before hitting the showpen as a 3 year old and as a result he was turned out to the studpen. Leroy has produced 1 foal that has NRHA earnings. He also has a 3 year old competing in Western Dressage, was 3rd in Canada in July 2016 and has racked up more 1st place finishes since then. He is sired by Dolls Union Jac- ROM, NRHA earnings, and sired foals that have earnings in excess of $310,000.00 in NRHA, as well as earnings in NRCHA, Buckskin Assoc., and the AQHA world show. Leroy’s dam is Docsan Jeany who has produced foals with earnings in excess of $3700.00 and AQHA point earners. Leroy is also double registered with NFQHA at 92%. Piper D is a daughter of AQHA point earner Continental Cad. Piper D is a stunning red dun mare that has elegance, size, and breeding with Zip It Up as her maternal grandsire and Snipper Reed on her papers. This young mare is heterozygous dun. Piper D is very big and pretty and we are looking forward to seeing what she will produce with the Western Pleasure breeding on her bottom side, mixed with the toughness of the Continental line. This colt is really bred to perform. He was born 5/3/18. $2,500

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Cold weather, who cares! Toni does, we just can’t let it slow her down.

As everyone knows by now, daylight savings officially ended on Sunday, November 4. Super sad day. That means that I no longer get home in the light, Toni and the kids, and whoever else she can find to help, start chores at 4 to try to get done before we lose the ability to see. Monday Toni, the kids and Coco worked on the foals and did chores. They started chores a bit late, as the adjustment to the time had not quite kicked in. So it was decided that 4 pm start times was the absolute latest chores could start. Especially because we are still halter breaking, and doctoring 2 heads and 1 eye.

Tuesday we were on pins and needles due to a family member having a surgery that ended up going well. Tuesday Toni also had some people come by to look at the bull calves we have for sale. Coco took off for CA, so Toni and the kids did chores.
Wednesday Toni went down to Court in the morning, came back and worked on the foals, then went to the WCA conference in Tri-Cities and was gone through Friday. The kids, Anna, Kaine and Kade (not Jaxsen) did a great job of doing chores all week. Jaxsen got to start cub scouts this week, he was VERY EXCITED to get to join. His best friend Luke is also in cub scouts, so they have a great time. AND someone there let Sonny use a knife. He got to carve a piece of soap. Kaine, Kade and the rest of the boy scouts (not Jaxsen since he does not have his shirt yet) got to carry the flag at the Veterans Day assembly at school. Uncle Skip came down from St. John for the school Veterans Day assembly which we really appreciate. The kids have wanted him to come for years. They were very proud to honor the Veterans. Kade and Jaxsen also got to go home with me at night this week so we have been having a Just Dance Party every night. That Jaxsen is quite the dancer.

Saturday Ben, Kicker, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I started working the cows, we worked most of them on Saturday. Kade helped Ben, he filled up syringes and went and got medicine for him, Kaine helped me doing the same, and Anna helped Kicker bring cows up and wrote down numbers. Jaxsen helped Toni, they sent Bubbles, Dodge and Coco bean to their new homes and weaned Mario and Princess Peach.

Sunday Ben, Kicker, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I finished working the cows, then Whitney came over and took Anna, Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen over for Ady’s birthday party. Ben and Kicker also helped me get the horses in from circle 4 and I hauled them down to the house. Dad helped me wean Ruby and King of Blue. Toni had some documents that she needed to work on, but didn’t get much done because she ended up showing 2 groups of people some horses we had for sale. Then, Toni went and got the kids and we got a load of mares in to take out to the desert. Dad and I hauled them out while Toni and the kids did chores. Saturday and Sunday were pretty cold days. It may be time to pull the longjohns out.

Monday was a holiday, so no school. Anna, Kaine, Kade and I haltered the steers we have at the house. Then, we built a calf shelter for the 4 bottle calves. Next, I took the boys to Toni’s and Anna and I went down and had lunch with Aunt Peggy and Uncle Tom and got groceries. Toni loaded out June, who loaded like a champ. Monday afternoon we got Freckles and Eagle in to start halter breaking this week. Double wanted his blanket on, so we put his winter blanket on him to keep him warmer. Today is still cold, but the outlook is good for no one getting a break here on this ranch!

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KT Duallin Pistols is a fancy dun colt out of Tessas Poco Penny and by KT Gunpowder N lead. Tessa is a dun daughter of The Dualler, winner of over $7,000 NCHA and sire of NCHA Champions and NRCHA Money Earners. On the bottom side Tessa goes back to Sonnys OO Buck, Docs Adonis and Poco Bueno. This is a really lovely dun mare. She has an amazing disposition, great legs and feet and good bone. She is a quick mover and is going to throw some foals that are real contenders. Gunner is a roan dunskin son of Cue Bars Laddie, AQHA point earning and producing stallion. Gunner’s dam, Pistol, has been shown NFQHA, has been featured on rule book and in the NFQHA magazine. She is a great working ranch horse, rope horse, and the kids can ride her as well. Pistol’s sire, Gold Country Charro is a dunskin stallion that was shown in 1998 and 1999 in halter at local shows. This colt has the breeding to take you places and the color to get noticed while doing it. He is fancy, very correct and agile. He was born 4/17/18. $3,000

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KT Cash on Justify

KT Cash on Justify is a lovable charming colt out of Miss Kyra and by Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel.” Miss Kyra is a big elegant mare by Remember Smash out of Cashs Juno. Remember Smash is a AAA money earner that was raced very little, several of his foals went to CA to be money earners in barrel racing. His sire is Easily Smashed who was an AQHA race Champion; he had 14 wins and had earnings in excess of $320,000. He had an S.I. of 99 and his foals have earnings of over $9 million. Her dam, Cashs Juno, is by Juno Dat Cash, a AAA and AAAT sire by Dash for Cash, and her dam is by Pasamonte Paul (AAAT and AQHA Champion). Miss Kyra’s pedigree also includes the Old Man, Jet Smooth, Easy Jet, Rocket Wrangler and much much more. Colonel is a son of Tamalight, winner of $21,492.10 in NCHA dollars and COA. Colonel’s dam is Wright on Sugarnic, winner of the Cascade Cutters Futurity. This colt has an incredible pedigree, an unbeatable confirmation, and an incredible disposition. He is bred to have a lot of agility and endurance. He was born 6/9/18 $3,000



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Anna’s Pictures from today


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Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day. Thank you to all who served.

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I found all of these pictures hidden on my computer


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Jersey steers

Anyone need to Jerseys? Two 500 lb Jersey steers for sale.

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