NILE: AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge and NRCHA Cow Horse Bash set for Oct. 19 |

NILE: AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge and NRCHA Cow Horse Bash set for Oct. 19

Billings – To improve both shows for spectators, exhibitors, and show management the AQHA Ranching Heritage Challenge and the NRCHA Cow Horse Bash will be one day, in one arena. The classes will be separate and all scoring, payouts etc. will be separate.

This new change allows for people to enter both shows without having to scramble to get back and forth. It also allows more time in between classes for exhibitors to warm up and cool down horses, switch horses, and provide for a better experience.

Moving the NRCHA Cow Horse Bash to the RimRock Auto arena from the SuperBarn provides for more space for spectators and an elevated show experience for the exhibitors.

The Ranching Heritage Challenge highlights the versatility, soundness and willing attitude of American Quarter Horses that are ranch born and raised. First, the goal of the Ranching Heritage Breeders program is to recognize AQHA’s ranching members who have steadfastly continued to maintain the ranching tradition by raising American Quarter Horses for use in working cattle. Second, through a series of ranch horse competitions, the Ranching Heritage Challenge is intended to increase demand for ranch horses by providing an opportunity for ranches and horse owners to compete in a unique ranch horse competition for a significant purse.

Entries for the Ranching Heritage Challenge at the NILE are due Monday, October 3, late entries are accepted. Entries can be filled out online here, or submit the entry form to or PO Box 1981, Billings, MT 59103. For a full list of the AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders go to the AQHA website.

For more information about the NRCHA Cow Horse Bash contact Travis Young (406) 321-0734 or Tim Unzicker (406) 323-2255

The Montana Quarter Horse Association is hosting a exhibitors breakfast before the show at 7 a.m. in the hospitality room of Rimrock Auto Arena. Get a morning snack, sip some coffee and chat with fellow Quarter Horse enthusiasts. The breakfast is generously sponsored by Intermountain Equestrian Center–Barb Skelton and Paul Gaztmier, Neuman Performance Horses–Scott and Amy Neuman, and Randall Quarter Horses–Ray and Marilyn Randall.

Class Schedule:

7:30 a.m.

NRCHA Open Two Rein

NRCHA Non Pro Two Rein

NRCHA Youth Bridle

8:30 a.m.

RHC Open & Limited 4 Year Old

RHC Amateur 4 Year Old

RHC Novice Amateur

NRCHA Non Pro Bridle

RHC Open & Limited 5 & 6

NRCHA Open Bridle

RHC Cowboy

NRCHA Open Hackamore

NRCHA Non Pro Hackamore


RHC Amateur Boxing

NRCHA Youth Limited Boxing

NRCHA Non Pro Limited 5K

RHC Novice Amateur Boxing

NRCHA 1k Boxing

NRCHA Rancher

RHC Open Ranch Riding

RHC Amateur Ranch Riding


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