Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenges
The 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.
The 2016 Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals will be held in conjunction with the Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show, March 23-26, 2017 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas.
Note: Participation in any 2016 Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge event is an automatic qualification for the Ranching Heritage Finals!
Entry Proofreading List - click here to find the 2016 Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals entries that have been received and processed in the AQHA office.
2017 Ranching Heritage Challenges
June – Black Hills Ranching Heritage Challenge, Rapid City, South Dakota
August – Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, Colorado
September – Tri-State Fair, Amarillo, Texas
October – NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, Fort Worth, Texas
October – Northern International Livestock Exposition (NILE), Billings, Montana
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 nominated and ownership is transferred at the time of sale.
However, as long as the foal is eligible for the program, anyone can nominate 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 events on an entry-fee basis. Ranching Heritage Breeder membership fee must be current for the year the foal is born to ensure the foal is eligible to participate in the program.