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AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges

AQHA releases the remaining dates and locations for the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges.

April 3, 2014

The remaining dates and locations for the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges have been released.

The first two Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges were held at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with record attendance and participation.

The upcoming dates and locations for the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges are as follows:

  • Colorado State Fair on August 28 in Pueblo, Colorado
  • Tri-State Fair on September 13 in Amarillo
  • NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity on September 26 in Reno, Nevada
  • The Northern International Livestock Exposition on October 17 in Billings, Montana

At least $90,000 in added money is up for grabs at the Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenges for 2014.

AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis has come aboard as the title sponsor for the six 2014 Ranching Heritage Challenges. In addition to Zoetis, other sponsors include Bar G Feedyards, Double J Saddlery, Professional’s Choice and Western Horseman.

“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 Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge. 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.

For 2014, the challenges will include the working ranch horse competition for open 4-year-olds and limited open 4-year-olds, along with an open 5- and 6-year-old class and limited 5- and 6-year-old class. 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 and ranch pleasure will be offered in open and amateur. 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.”

Zoetis 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 ranch.

“Our growth so far has been due to the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders who have believed in 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.”

Zoetis is the proud sponsor of the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges. AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis cares about the well-being of your horse and understands the serious consequences of disease. In addition to being the official equine and cattle vaccine, Zoetis is pleased to offer the Equine Immunization Support Guarantee. Learn more about the Equine Immunization Guarantee. 

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