2010 Ranchers Quarter Horse Breeders Association Futurity
January 14, 2011
Now in it’s second year, the Ranchers Quarter Horse Breeders Association (RQHBA) Futurity was held in conjunction with the Central States Fair Quarter Horse Show. Classes were offered in conjunction with the fair classes and Center Of The Nation Quarter Horse Association Futurity at the Central States Fairgrounds.
A progressive group of local American Quarter Horse breeders joined forces to breed, show, sell and promote their ranch-raised horses. Only foals purchased through their annual fall sale are eligible to compete in the futurity classes. Yearling halter classes included stallion, filly and gelding divisions and were offered during the Quarter Horse show circuit. A new Ranch Horse Competition was held for the first time in 2010. Open to 2- and 3-year-old horses also sold through previous sales was held the morning of their sale at Seven Down Arenas east of Spearfish, SD.
Each division in the Yearling Halter Divisions won an impressive payout of $833 per division. Topping the stallion division was Danceberry, sired by the Stirrup Ranch stallion Lonsum Leo King. He is owned by Lonnie Krause, Bison, SD, and bred by LeRoy and Shirley Wetz from Vale, SD. Cowboys Desire, owned by Gary Waddell and bred by Gary and Deb Mallioux, all from Vale, SD, captured the filly division. Her sire is Cowboys Shinin 611. Sired by the Brunner Quarter Horses stallion Executive Flash and owned by Larry and Barb Moe from Spearfish, SD, Luke N Flashy was named the futurity champion in yearling geldings.
The inaugural Ranch Horse Champion for 2010 was Smooth Whiskey Doc. Sired by Paddys Doco Whiskey, owned by Don Eich’s Little EC Ranch from Piedmont, SD, the 2008 sorrel mare was shown by owner Jay Mattson, Deadwood, SD, to the Championship and a paycheck worth $300.
RQHBA membership includes: Stirrup Ranch, LeRoy and Shirley Wetz, Vale, SD; Long Quarter Horses, Glen and Janet Long, Enning, SD; Hancock & Maxon, Tom Hancock and Mary Maxon, Scenic, SD; Mailloux Quarter Horses, Gary and Deb Mailloux, Vale, SD; Chaffee-Herron Ranch, Sharon Herron, Union Center, SD; Brunner Quarter Horses & Paints, Don and Patty Brunner, Rapid City, SD; Hockenbary Quarter Horses, Allen and Jamie Hockenbary, Union Center, SD; H Open 6 Quarter Horses, Chad and Mindy Hubert, Hereford, SD; Little EC Ranch, Don Eich, Piedmont, SD; Wood’s Performance Horses, Brad Wood, Devils Tower, WY; Bender Ranch, Le’Ann and Dalton Bender, Mobridge, SD; Merrill Ranch, Shawn and Leslie Merrill, Wall, SD; Bar JT Quarter Horses, JT and Julie Korkow, Volborg, MT; Moreau River Quarter Horses, Jerry Simon and Linda Neumiller, Zeona, SD; and Byrne Ranch, Trent and Melissa Byrne, Martin, SD.
RQHBA Futurity sponsors for 2010 were Sally O’Malleys, Pizza Ranch of Sturgis, EZ Mart, Black Hills Riding Club and the Rapid City Quarter Horse Association. Details about the association and future events can be found at their association Web site, http://www.rqhba.com.