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March 23, 2014

Ranching Heritage Challenge Hits Houston

Cowboys and their mounts tested their mettle March 23 at the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

By Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse Journal

Ben Baldus and Cruze Mode are the open 5/6-year-old working ranch horse champions at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge in Houston

Ben Baldus came out on top in open 5/6-year-old working ranch horse aboard W.T. Waggoner Estate's Cruze Mode (Wimpys Little Step-Smart Lassie Chick by Smart Chic Olena). (Credit: Journal) BELOW: Watch highlights from the Ranching Heritage Challenge in Houston.

The three-week-long Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo got a full dose of ranch horses in just a span of four days. Coming on the heels of the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse and John Deere Cowboy Mounted Shooting AQHA World Championships in Houston, the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge wrapped up the 2014 edition of the stock show on March 23.

Ranchers, cowboys and their horses traveled far and wide for a shot at $20,000 in added money at the event presented by AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis and sponsored by Bar G Feedyards and AQHA Corporate Partner Double J Saddlery.

For full coverage from the Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge in Houston, including video interviews with some of the class champions, visit www.aqha.com/showing.

  • Open Ranch Horse Pleasure: Kris Wilson of Solano, New Mexico, riding Miss Maggies Joseph, owned by Kris Wilson and bred by Bill and Dana Smith of Spur, Texas
  • Amateur Ranch Horse Pleasure: Thomas Hicks of Hawley, Texas, riding Greyt Socks, owned by Thomas Hicks and bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas
  • Amateur Boxing: Kathleen Grayson of Woodsboro, Texas, riding Fantasy Pay Day, owned by Matthew James Grayson of Woodsboro and bred by John Morgan O'Brien of Beeville, Texas
  • Open 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse: Fielding "Bozo" Rogers of Rhome, Texas, riding Playboys Ginnin, owned by Wes and Sarah Williams of Rhome and bred by Burnett Ranches of Fort Worth, Texas
  • Limited Open 4-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse: Shawn Holden of Silsbee, Texas, riding Grays Little Pop, owned and bred by M-Heart Corp. of Vinton, Louisiana
  • Open 5/6-Year-Old Working Ranch Horse: Ben Baldus of Electra, Texas, riding Cruze Mode, owned and bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate of Guthrie, Texas
  • Limited Open 5/6-Year-Old, Cowboy Working Ranch Horse: Dusty Burson of Guthrie, Texas, riding Playin With Pick, owned and bred by Burnett Ranches of Guthrie
  • Amateur Working Ranch Horse: Bryan Lee of North Platte, Nebraska, riding Lees Doc O Sunrise, owned and bred by Bryan Lee
  • Novice Amateur Working Ranch Horse: Bryan Lee riding BC Docs Sail Wind, owned and bred by Bryan Lee