Dittus Ranch

Glenn R. Dittus

Elgin, ND


Froelich Ranch

RJ Froelich

Rodney Froelich

Selfridge, ND



Froelich Quarter Horses

Warren Froelich

Williston, ND



Froelich Quarter Horses

Kelly Froelich

Selfridge, ND


Hetletved Quarter Horses

Gene & Jan, Lee, Penny Hetletved

Robinson, ND


Lazy J S Ranch

Logan Silha

Bowman, ND


Medalen Ranch

7049 Willow Road

Towner, ND 59788

Home: 701.537.5558

Cell: 701.537.3486


Rafter H Ranch

John B. Hovde

Epping, ND


Stearns Quarter Horses

Kelly Stearns

Rhame, ND


Swenson Martin Horse & Cattle Company

James & Darlene Swenson

Trent & Dawn Martin

Beulah, ND



About Ranching Heritage

The AQHA Ranching Council develops new ways to market and promote ranch horses.


Highlighting the efforts of American Quarter Horse ranch breeders and their heritage to AQHA is the reasoning behind the AQHA Ranching Council and its three initiatives to recognize ranch breeders.The AQHA Ranching Council's three initiatives are:


AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders - learn more

The first initiative is a breeder referral program called the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.


To become part of the Ranching Heritage Breeders, ranches must be members of AQHA and their ranch remudas must consist of Quarter Horses, which must be used primarily to work ranch cattle.


The ranch must own at least five Quarter Horse mares that are used to produce the remuda, and the ranch must have received at least an AQHA 10-year breeder award.


Ranches that qualify can download the application from or call AQHA Customer Service at (806) 376-4811.


The Ranching Council will approve the applications, and the program will cost $10 per year.


Ranching Heritage Breeders will be entitled to use a special logo on their advertising, and that logo will also appear on their AQHA registration certificates.Ranches that are members of the Ranching Heritage Breeders will also be able to enter their horses in exclusive competitions and sales.


Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge - learn more

The first exclusive opportunity for Ranching Heritage Breeders is the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge. The Ranching Heritage Challenge will eventually grow to be six regional competitions to drive the market for ranch horses.


The Ranching Heritage Challenge will consist of three classes working ranch horse, boxing, and ranch pleasure. These classes will be offered to different level of riders and ages of horses. 


The horses entered must have been foaled at a Ranching Heritage Breeder’s ranch and nominated by that ranch.


Purses will be generated from a nomination payment of $10 per weanling, along with sustaining payments made by the new owner of the horse. Zoetis, AQHA’s corporate partner, will provide additional money for these purses.


Foal nominations will be accepted, beginning in September for competition in the coming years. However, in 2014, 4-year-old and older foals bred by ranches that become Ranching Heritage Breeders that year will be eligible to compete in six entry-fee competitions.


AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program - learn more

The Ranching Council is also interested in getting more youth involved with horses.


The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program will help youth learn how to develop young horses the right way and get breeders’ foals in the hands of future buyers. Ranching Heritage Breeders can make weanlings eligible for youth to apply to receive for free or at a nominal fee. The youth will apply through AQHA to be a recipient of a foal. They will take the weanling home and train it for an in-hand competition during one of the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge events as a yearling and then be able to show it again as a 2-year-old in a ranch pleasure class.


To apply, or for information, visit



To see the full article and more information visit:

Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge


There have been several changes made to the RHB programs. 

Listed below are the classes that will be offered in 2017 at the Ranching Heritage challenges.

Open 4 yr. old; Limited open 4 yr. old; open 5 / 6 yr. old; Limited open 5 / 6 yr. old; Cowboy 4 yr. old & up: Am. 4 yr. old & up;  Novice / level 1 Am. 4 yr. old & up;  Am boxing;  Level 1 Am boxing;  Youth boxing;  Level 1 Youth boxing;  Open ranch riding:  Am Ranch Riding: Youth Ranch Riding;  and a new class for 2017 is the Youth Box Fence class. Team roping and barrel racing will also be added to Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges in 2017. 


Visit to learn more about the AQHA Ranching Heritage program.


At the six 2017 Challenges, which also offer working ranch horse, boxing and ranch riding classes, more than $90,000 in added money will be up for grabs. That’s at least $15,000 in added money for each event.

The 2017 Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges are scheduled for:

  • January 12 – Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas

  • June – Black Hills Ranching Heritage Challenge in Rapid City, South Dakota

  • August – Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, Colorado

  • September – Tri-State Fair in Amarillo

  • October – National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas

  • October – Northern International Livestock Exposition in Billings, Montana


Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges highlight the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of ranch-bred American Quarter Horses. Only horses bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders can compete in the Challenges.


“These events are a great avenue for people who enjoy ranch horse-type competition,” said Kim Lindsey, AQHA director of ranching. “The challenges offer significant purses and prizes, and help showcase the ranch-raised horses from AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders.”


In addition to the regular classes, Ranching Heritage Challenges can also offer an opportunity for Ranching Heritage-bred horses to compete in team roping and barrel racing for purses open only to them.


For one time only, all late fees on nomination payments for the Ranching Heritage Challenges will be waived if those nomination payments are received by December 31, 2016. All Ranching Heritage-bred horses born in 2010 or before are eligible to compete in events on an entry-fee basis.


Some news on our Young Horse Development Program.

Scholarship winners for 2015-16 were:

    1st Place Kaitlyn Boykin, Elizabeth, Co.   $2000 scholarship and a Montana Silversmith Buckle

    2nd Place David Gringeri of Fair Haven, Vt.   $1500 scholarship and Justin Boots

    3rd Place Rebekah Eilert of Powhattan, Ks   $1000 scholarship and $100 Wrangler gift certificate

    4th Place Anthony Luna of Flagstaff, Az   $500 scholarship and $100 Wrangler gift certificate


For the 2016 – 2017 Young Horse Development Program we have received a total of 85 applications.  This is a huge increase in participation and interest.  All applicants have been selected and notified of their options.  55 applicants will receive a donated weanling, 19 additional may participate if they purchase their own RHB Weanling and 3 others already elected to purchase their own RHB weanling.

The Young Horse Development Program is a great one and I would encourage all AQHA youth to check it out and get involved.  

- John Hovde

For more information on Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges, visit

AQHA appreciates the generous support of Zoetis, Ford, Professional’s Choice and the Ranch Horse Journal for supporting these Ranching Heritage events.

Zoetis is the proud title sponsor of the Zoetis AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenges. AQHA Corporate Partner Zoetis cares about the well-being of your horse and understands the serious consequences of disease. In addition to being the official equine and cattle vaccine, Zoetis is pleased to offer the Equine Immunization Support Guarantee. Learn more about the Equine Immunization Guarantee.

Versatility Ranch Horse Events!
Young Horse Development
Scholarship Winners!

The American Quarter Horse Association, January 27, 2015 - The American Quarter Horse Association Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program is proud to announce its 2013-14 scholarship winners: 


1. Meagan D’Andrea of Fowler, Ohio, with Jelly Dunnit, a 2013 palomino filly by Ghost Of Hollywood and out of Jae Bar Jealously by Bingos Dually, bred by Roy V. and C. Robertson (Big Valley Ranch) of Monterey, Virginia – $2,000 and Montana Silversmiths belt buckle


2. Emily Scoles of Elbert, Colorado, with Runningonfrenchfaith, a 2013 sorrel filly by French Flit and out of Sugar Chileta by Sonny Sugar, bred by Jim and Joni Hunt (Open Box Rafter Ranch) of Faith, South Dakota – $1,500 and a pair of Justin boots


3. Calli Kaufman of Olympia, Washington, with LCC Golden Playgirl, a 2013 palomino filly by Jaz GC Indio and out of LCC Baby Dun Right by Rawdle Fact Man, bred by Donald Akehurst (Longhorn Cattle Co.) of Ellensburg, Washington – $1,000 and a $100 Wrangler gift certificate


4. Colin Webb of Waterloo, Illinois, with Flit Dr Flit, a 2013 bay roan colt by Flit Drift and out of Flit Frost by Sun Frost, bred by Jim and Joni Hunt (Open Box Rafter Ranch) – $500 and a $100 Wrangler gift certificate


The AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program was created to give American Quarter Horse Youth Association members who want to participate in hands-on horse training an opportunity that will teach them the fundamentals of horsemanship. The program puts weanlings in the hands of youth selected for the program. The weanlings used in the program were bred by AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders, which consist of working cattle ranches with a remuda of at least five AQHA-registered mares that produce ranch horses. The participating Ranching Heritage Breeders offered weanlings for the program participants to judge, select, purchase, raise and train. The ranchers also mentored these young horsemen, teaching them responsibility and goal-setting, which are important components of equine ownership.


 AQHYA members applied to the program, and the selected participants spent the year competing for the scholarships and prizes. All participants were required to write monthly progress reports on their foal; compete in AQHA, 4-H, FFA or local shows with their yearlings; complete a project book documenting training, health care, nutrition and management practices; and schedule mentoring sessions with local AQHA Professional Horsemen to discuss tips on competing, health care, training and management of their yearling. The youth submitted their Ranching Heritage show achievement form, project book and Professional Horseman check list, which was judged by an AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder.


 To learn more about the Young Horse Development Program, visit


 For more information on the Ranching Heritage program, including Ranching Heritage Breeders, visit


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