Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges
The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge highlights the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses that are ranch-born and -raised. First, the goal of the Ranching Heritage Breeders program is to recognize AQHA’s ranching members who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use in working cattle.
Second, through a series of ranch horse competitions, the Ranching Heritage Challenge is intended to increase demand for ranch horses by providing an opportunity for ranches and horse owners to compete in a unique ranch horse competition for a significant purse.
These Challenges are open to any horse bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Anyone can own and show these eligible and enrolled horses in the Challenges.
The Challenges offer multiple divisions for various ages and skill levels for both horse and rider. Classes include working ranch horse, ranch riding, team roping and barrel racing.
2017 Ranching Heritage Challenge Events
June 24 – Summer Spectacular SDQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge, Rapid City, South Dakota | results
October 18 – Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE), Billings, Montana | Event information | Entry form | Deadline – October 4 | Barrel Racing added!
2016 Ranching Heritage Challenges
Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE) – October 19 in Billings, Montana | event coverage | results
2015 Ranching Heritage Challenges
Coverage of Ranching Heritage Challenges
Access coverage of the 2013-2015 Ranching Heritage Challenges.
Ranching Heritage Breeder Qualifications
Foals raised by Ranching Heritage Breeders will be eligible for nomination to the Ranching Heritage Challenge. The Ranching Heritage Challenge is exclusively for foals bred and nominated by Ranching Heritage Breeders that remain eligible via payments by their owners.
What makes a horse eligible for the Ranching Heritage Challenge?
All foals bred and raised by a Ranching Heritage Breeder will be eligible to be nominated into the Ranching Heritage Challenge. Ranches have the opportunity to nominate weanlings to the program for just $10 before December 31 of its weanling year. Nominations can even be taken along with the foal’s registration papers. Because much of the benefit of the program is adding value to young ranch horses, ranches are encouraged to ensure the horse is enrolled and ownership is transferred at the time of sale.
However, as long as the foal is eligible for the program, anyone can enroll and sustain the payments for the horse into the Ranching Heritage Challenge.
What is the payment schedule?
Ranching Heritage Challenge enrollments began with the 2011 foal crop and the payment schedule applies to 2011 and subsequent foal crops.
- Weanling - $10
- Yearling - $50
- 2-year-olds - $100
- 3-year-olds - $150
All Ranching Heritage-bred horses born in 2010 and before are automatically enrolled and eligible to compete in Challenge events on an entry-fee basis.
Check here to determine if your horse was bred by a current Ranching Heritage Breeder or call the Ranching Department to confirm if the breeder was a past RHB.