Ben Baldus rode Playin Motown to the Senior World Championship at the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championship Show. • Photo by Shane Rux courtesy of AQHA

Western Performance Bloodlines Dominate AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Show

Horses hailing from elite reining, breeding and reined cow horse bloodlines won many title at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships.

The event, which was the largest in its history, was held  June 22-26 in conjunction with the Ranching Heritage Challenge Finals, AQHA Cattle Level 1 Championships and National Ranch and Stock Horse Alliance National Championship Show.

This year’s winners included horses sired by or descending from some of the top reining, reined cow horse and cutting horses at stud today.

Top Winners:

Senior World Champion
Playin Motown, 13G (Mr Playinstylish x Mo Flo x Mr Peponita Flo)
Ridden by Ben Baldus Gainesville, Texas
Owned by Catelyn Walker of Prairie Grove, Arkansas
Bred by CB and Kit Moncrief and Lee Tennison, Fort Worth, TX

Junior World Champion
Coronel Del Rancho, 16S (Not Ruf At All x San Gris Girl x Les Glos Colonel)
Ridden by Ben Baldus of Gainesville, Texas
Bred and owned by King Ranch of Kingsville, Texas

Cowboy World Champion
TRR Lil Shining Palo, 15M, (Seven S Shining Gold x Ms Becaco Ginone x Preferred Gin)
Owned and ridden by Kaitlin Kirsch of Clovis, New Mexico
Bred by Tongue River Ranch, Paducah, TX

Amateur World Champion
Judy Fortenberry of Bulverde, Texas
Cold Hard Smart Cash, 09G, (Big Chex To Cash x Smartin Up x Smart Little Lena)
Bred by Matthew Charles Hagee, of San Antonio, TX

Limited Amateur World Champion
Jessica Rumbaugh of El Campo, Texas
Boonfull Of Caesar, 12G (Royal Ceasar Boon x MH Whata Investment x Bodee Boonsmal)
Bred by Laura and Shawn Stern, Columbia City, IN

Rookie Amateur World Champion
Rachel Adam of Otter, Montana
Boonys Queen, 15M, (Boonylensma x Kings Brown Mare x Dandy Derby)
Bred by Dave or Susan Riesland, Oshoto, WY

Youth World Champion
Parker Ralston of Collbran, Colorado
Nic Stole My Heart, 11M, (Shining Lil Nic x Paddys Stolen Heart x Paddys Irish Whiskey)
Bred by Patricia Geddes, of Belgrade, MT

Limited Youth World Champion
Treylyn Hancock of Wharton, Texas
Slyd My Way, 16G, (Zezes Pepto Cat x Pastels Play Girl x Pastels Smart Lena)
Bred by Tom or Lorna Neel, Millsap, TX

Rookie Youth World Champion
Lainey Grewing of Gainesville, Texas
Metallic Blaze, 16G, (Metallic Cat x Blazen Tornado x Smart Mate)
Bred by Dan Churchill, Moline, IL

Click here for a full list of champions from the show.