<P>8 JUNE 2016 RANCH HORSE JOURNAL THIS FEBRUARY, I TOOK MY GELDING, JUDYS TEN (Reno), to the National Reined Cow Horse Associations Celebration of Champions. We had qualified in non-pro bridle and novice non- pro bridle, and were honored to make the finals in those tough classes. But what most people dont know is that the day before we left for the show, he and I spent all day at our Dickens, Texas, ranch branding calves – I used him all day gathering cattle and working the calves during the branding. Then I loaded him into the trailer to take him to Fort Worth to show. How can it get any better than that? Isnt that what were all after? We all want to ride a well-bred, handy cow pony. That is what AQHAs ranching programs are about. As AQHAs new director of ranching, I believe our ranching programs are the way that we can stay true to our ranching heri- tage. I want our programs, and this magazine, to showcase the true ranching folks who make their living on the land with horses and with cattle, to highlight them and the great sto- ries that are out there. I want to highlight the horses that are our partners in how we make our living. Its long, hard days. You really have to want to be a rancher, and you have to love the animals that help you. They become your partner. We spend many long days and a lot of miles on the backs of our horses. Ranching is a way of life. Back when all of these ranch horse programs started, thats what drew me to the stock horse Lets ow . and the ranch horse versatility – I could show the horse Ive made my living on at the ranch. It was something I already had and could afford to do. I didnt have to go buy new tack or new clothes. And how I ride doesnt change, either. When I compete in ranch rid- ing, I try to compete like I am riding across the pasture at my ranch. Thats how I see it: I want to show my horse to the judge like how I go across the pasture. In a recent AQHA membership survey, 43 percent of AQHA members listed ranch use as a key area of involvement with their horses – thats more than 70,000 members. I think there is a lot of growth out there, and I think there are a lot of ranch-raised horses in a lot of disciplines that we dont even recognize. Last year, there were 78 Ranching Heritage Breeder-bred horses that competed at the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show; 29 made the finals in nine events; two of those finals classes were in jumping. And how many more RHB-bred horses were out in the world showing in rodeos, jackpot ropings, barrel events, and other ranch events? Id like to help those ranchers get acknowledged for what theyre raising, for what their horses are already out there doing. At the 2015 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships held in March in Houston, we had a 75 percent increase in qualifiers from the previous year. We added an opportunity for exhibitors to show in a single event, and added three divi- sions (cowboy, youth and limited), and our members responded. We also have an opportunity to get youth involved. Collegiate ranch horse teams have a lot of young men and women whom we can get involved in versatility ranch competition. We already have 12 states and 20 schools with ranch and stock horse teams. There is also an opportunity with the 4-H age group, to use our AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program to help ranchers and kids get together. I look forward to working with and for all of you. Its time to circle the wagons and become stronger, together. As AQHA director of ranching, Kims job is to develop new ranch programs and educate American Quarter Horse owners about the Associations ranch- ing division. With a more than 20-year career in ranch management, job experience with Texas Tech University and Stock Horse of Texas, she is also a world champion in AQHA competition. Have a com- ment? Contact Kim at klindsey@aqha.org. By AQHA Director of Ranching Kim Lindsey Circle the Wagons! BACK AT THE RANCH Kim Lindsey and Judys Ten at the 2014 Zoetis AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships JIM JENNINGS</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/6/6/">Page-4</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/7/7/">Page-5</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/8/8/">Page-6</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/9/9/">Page-7</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/1310/ohwywrpjs/10/10/">Page-8</a></LI> <LI><a 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