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Western Performance Horses Top AQHA Ranching Heritage Divisions

Four horses hailing from Western performance bloodlines were the top AQHA Ranching Heritage-bred horses in their division at the 2020 Farnam AQHA World Championship Show

This recognition comes with a specially designed trophy and a $250 cash prize to both the owner and the breeder.

The AQHA Ranching Heritage program highlights ranches that are certified as AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders. These working cattle ranches produce quality horses needed to work on the ranch. The program is designed to showcase the qualities of a working ranch horse by recognizing the top Ranching Heritage-bred horses competing at major events.

The awards are given to the top-placing Ranching Heritage-bred horse in each division, with the tie-breaker going to the horse that defeats the most horses. Anyone can show these horses, which are eligible for special events such as AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges.

This year, these four horses earned Top Ranching Heritage-Bred awards:

  • Select: Metallic Tracks, 2016 red roan gelding by Metallic Cat and out of Love Tracker (by DJ Tracker); bred by Cowan Select Horses of Havre, Montana; owned and shown by Bill Carter of Mounds, Oklahoma. The pair were Select Cutting World Champions.
  • Level 1 Amateur: Rapp Till Light, 2010 palomino mare by Little Til Light and out of Rappers Pride (by Smart Little Rapper); bred by M-Heart Corp. of Vinton, Louisiana; owned by X Bar 2 Farms and Rodeo LLC of Plaquemine, Louisiana; and shown by Chad Blanchard. They were third in Level 1 Amateur Breakaway.
  • Amateur: Wranglin Reminicky, 2006 sorrel mare by Starlights Wrangler and out of Nic N Chic (by Reminic); bred by Holy Cow Performance Horses LLC of Santa Ynez, California; owned by Ryan and Samantha Smith of Lavon, Texas; shown by Samantha Smith. The pair were Amateur Team Penning World Champions
  • Open: Lil Trash Talk, 2015 sorrel gelding by Gunnatrashya and out of Dainty Little Step (by Wimpys Little Step); bred by W.T. Waggoner Estate of Vernon, Texas; owned by Susan M. Van Cleve of Fredricksburg, Texas; shown by Bud Lyon of Tioga, Texas. The pair were Junior Ranch Riding World Champions.

To find out more about the Ranching Heritage program, visit