AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges

At least $90,000 in added money will be up for grabs at American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Challenges for 2014 – and that’s just one of the changes in store for 2014.

AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis has come aboard as the title sponsor for the six 2014 Ranching Heritage Challenges.

“As a world leader in animal health products, Zoetis is always interested in supporting programs that help animal producers,” said Stuart Meikle, Zoetis marketing director equine segment. “The AQHA Ranching Heritage program is a perfect vehicle to create greater awareness for breeders of ranching American Quarter Horses. Zoetis is proud to partner with AQHA on the Ranching Heritage Challenge events.”

At least $15,000 in added money will be in the pot for each of the six AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, up from the two challenges that the program began with in 2012. Part of the entry fees will be jackpotted, as well, with even more fun classes added to provide opportunities for a wider group of exhibitors.

To date, AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges have included a working ranch horse class. For 2014, the challenges will include the working ranch horse competition for open 4-year-olds and limited open 4-year-olds. In the cowboy, amateur and Novice amateur classes of working ranch horse competition, horses can be 4 years old and up.

Boxing classes will be available for amateurs, Novice amateurs, youth and Novice youth, and ranch pleasure will be offered in open, amateur and youth. Boxing and ranch pleasure classes are for horses 3 years old and older.

“We’re also adding open and limited open classes for 5- and 6-year-old horses,” said Leman Wall, AQHA director of corporate partnerships and ranching programs. “That will give these horses even more time to develop and better prepare them for our amateur riders. If I was an amateur looking for a good horse, a horse raised by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder would be my first preference. All the added competitions and prize money is pretty amazing. With the new classes, we hope to see a lot of new people who want to win some money.”

AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges and all the associated classes are limited to riders on horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, those breeders who have been breeding American Quarter Horses for at least 10 years and whose horses are primarily bred to work cattle on a cow-calf ranch.

The Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges are scheduled to take place during the:

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in January in Fort Worth, Texas

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo in March in Houston

National Reined Cow Horse Association Derby in June in Paso Robles, California

Colorado State Fair in August in Pueblo, Colorado

Tri-State Fair in September in Amarillo

The Northern International Livestock Exposition Show in October in Billings, Montana

“Our growth so far has been due to the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders who have believed in us and the program,” Wall said. “Now we hope more owners of AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder horses will see our commitment to the program, the amount of money on the line and bring their horses to town to show them off.”