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ATTENTION: The AQHA office will be closed Thursday, November 27, and Friday, November 28, in observance of Thanksgiving. We look forward to serving you again Monday, December 1. 

In 2014, AQHA will host six Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge events. These will be entry-fee only events, and horses do not have to be nominated to compete. The Ranching Heritage Challenge is brought to you by AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis. Other supporting sponsors include Bar -G Feedyards, Double J Saddlery, Professional's Choice and Western Horseman.

2014 Ranching Heritage Challenge Events

  • Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – Fort Worth, Texas: January 17, 2014
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston, Texas: March 23, 2014
  • Colorado State Fair – Pueblo, Colorado: August 28, 2014
  • Amarillo Tri State Fair – Amarillo, Texas: September 13, 2014
  • NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity - Reno, NV: September 27, 2014 
  • Northern International Livestock Exposition – Billings, Montana: October 17, 2014
  • World Stock Horse Championships & SHOT Futurity & Derby - Abilene, Texas: November 2, 2014

Event Details

NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity – Reno, Nevada

Presented by: AQHA, NRCHA
Sponsored by: Zoetis, Professional's Choice, Double J Saddlery

Date: September 27, 2014
Entry Fee: See entry form for details 
Added Money: $15,000 in added money

Other awards are brought to you by Double J Saddlery and Professional Choice

For more information and to download entry forms check out NRCHA's website

Northern International Livestock Exposition – Billings, Montana

Presented by: AQHA, NILE
Sponsored by: Zoetis, Professional's Choice, Double J Saddlery, Western Horseman

Date: October 17, 2014
Entry Fee: See entry form for details 
Added Money: $15,000 in added money

Other awards are brought to you by Double J Saddlery and Professional Choice

For more information and to download entry forms check out NILE's website.

World Stock Horse Championships & SHOT Futurity & Derby – Abilene, Texas

Presented by: SHOT

Date: November 2, 2014
Added Money: Minimum $5,000 in added money

For more information, contact Kim Lindsey at 855-846-SHOT (7468) or www.stockhorsetexas.org.


Previously Held Challenge Events


Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – Houston, Texas

Journal coverage of the Ranching Heritage Challenge Houston 

Results for the Ranching Heritage Challenge Houston

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – Fort Worth, Texas

Journal coverage of the Ranching Heritage Challenge Fort Worth

Results for the Ranching Heritage Challenge Working Ranch Horse Class Fort Worth

Results for the Ranching Heritage Challenge Ranch Pleasure Class Fort Worth


Q&A
Does my horse have to be nominated to compete in the Ranching Heritage Challenge? 

No! For 2014, horses do not have to be nominated to the Ranching Heritage Challenge to compete. These shows are an entry-fee only event with the majority of the entry fee being paid back in the purse, along with $10,000 in added money from AQHA and valued sponsors.

How do I know if my horse is eligible?
Any 4-year-old horse (as of January 1, 2014) that was bred by a Ranching Heritage Breeder is eligible to compete in the open or limited open in any Ranching Heritage Challenge for 2014.

Any 5-year-old or older horse (as of January 1, 2014) that was bred by a Ranching Heritage Breeder is eligible to compete in the amateur class in any Ranching Heritage Challenge for 2014.

I bought a horse from a ranch, how can I find out if it was a Ranching Heritage Breeder?
You can find a complete list of approved Ranching Heritage Breeders online at www.aqha.com/ranching. Or you can call AQHA Customer Service at 806-376-4811.