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The AQHA is accepting applications for a new award that honors horses sales consisting mostly of consignees by AQHA Heritage Ranching Breeders. A number of Western performance horse breeders are Ranching Heritage Breeders, including Wagonhound Land & Livestock. • Photo courtesy of Wagonhound Land & Livestock.

New AQHA Award to Honor Top Heritage Breeder Sale

Applications are being accepted for a new award that recognizes an outstanding sale of Quarter Horses consigned by American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Heritage Breeder designees.

Called the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Top Production Sale Award, the honor will be given out for the first time in 2021. Ranching Heritage Breeders have until Nov. 20 to apply for the award.

“AQHA strives to recognize the ranch horse as the cornerstone of the breed and honor the heritage of ranchers who have been good stewards of the land and continue to produce quality American Quarter Horses bred primarily to be used on a working cattle ranch,” AQHA Senior Director of Member Programs Karen McCuistion said in a statement. “The RHB Top Production Sale Award is designed to honor those who have been producing quality horses and to recognize their hard work and dedication to promoting the breed.”

The first recipient will be recognized in 2022 for its 2021 production sale. The recipient will receive a commemorative award, as well as recognition throughout the year.

Award criteria includes:

  • Sale must consist of registered American Quarter Horses.
  • A minimum of 75% of the consignors to the sale must be AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders and/or a minimum of 75% of the horses must be Ranching Heritage-bred.
  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of AQHA and the Ranching Heritage Breeders program.
  • Sale must be at least 5 years old.

For more award criteria, view the RHB Top Production Sale Award application.