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Zoetis AQHA Summer Spectacular SDQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge – Rapid City, SD – June 24, 2017

June 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

June 24 – Summer Spectacular SDQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge, Rapid City, South Dakota | entry form | classes/payouts | Entry deadline – June 14 | Barrel racing and team roping added!

The Zoetis AQHA 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.

These Challenges are open to any horse bred by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder. Anyone can own and show these eligible and enrolled horses in the Challenges.

The Challenges offer multiple divisions for various ages and skill levels for both horse and rider. Classes include working ranch horse, ranch riding, team roping and barrel racing.

2017 Zoetis Ranching Heritage Challenge Classes and Rules


The South Dakota Quarter Horse Association presents their 2nd Annual AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders Challenge. Competitors come from all over to compete in this special event featuring horses that are eligible through the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders Program.To be recognized as a Ranching Heritage Breeder, breeders must meet the following criteria:

  • The ranch must be a member of the American Quarter Horse Association
  • Ranch remudas must consist of registered American Quarter Horses
  • The ranch must own a minimum of five AQHA-registered mares used to produce ranch horses
  • The ranch must maintain a remuda for the specific purpose of operating a working cattle ranch
  • The ranch must have received, at minimum, an AQHA 10-year Breeder award
  • The ranch must apply to and be approved by the AQHA Ranching Committee and AQHA Executive Committee
  • The ranch must pay a $25 annual fee to maintain status as a Ranching Heritage Breeder



Central States Fair
800 San Francisco St
Rapid City, SD 57701 United States
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