After a two-year hiatus, APHA’s Ranch Work Championships returned to the 2022 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Hosted in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum on January 28, the 2022 Ranch Work Championships had nearly 100 entries, paid out almost $10,000 and drew impressive crowd numbers to the innovative and uniquely formatted all-breed event.
To incentivize this year’s competition, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo added an additional $2,400 in prize money. Awards for the Ranch Work Championships are presented in a three-division payout structure, with all-around awards offered to the highest overall-placing exhibitors across all events in each division. APHA also recognized the top-placing Paint Horse with a special award.
Congratulations to our overall all-around winners and top-placing Paint Horse:
Top Paint: Color Me Marked & Tom Neel, Weatherford, Texas
2016 bay tobiano gelding by Color Me Smart x Markanotherspot
1D Champion: JE Boons Playgun & Clay Burns, Emory, Texas
1D Reserve: Color Me Marked & Tom Neel, Weatherford, Texas
2D Champion: Greyguns And Roses & Brent Bennett, Grandview, Texas
3D Champion: Dually & Meaghan Downs, Weatherford, Texas
3D Reserve: Jammer & Pete Welch, Anson, Texas
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About the Ranch Work Championships
The Ranch Work Championships is designed to showcase the talents and skills of ranch horses and their riders in an authentic ranch-like format. The championship event consists of three classes: ranch penning, ranch course and ranch roping, and all have an emphasis on efficient and proper cattle handling. Open to all breeds, the unique walk-trot format of these classes allows competitors to show off their ranch skills in a variety of ways, and both divisional and all-around awards give special recognition to competitors.
The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded in 1962. APHA promotes, preserves and provides meaningful experiences with Paint Horses.