On Cattlemen’s Day, men and women from across the state gather for fellowship and spirited competition during the Arizona Working Ranch Horse Competition, Ranch Replacement Heifer Show and Sale and the Ranch Horse Sale.

Ranch Replacement Heifer Show and Sale
The Ranch Replacement Heifer Show and Sale, chaired by Clay Parsons and Rick Lehman of the Marana Stockyards, provides an opportunity for Arizona Cattle Ranchers to showcase the best replacement females representing their respective genetic programs. These superior, Arizona-raised heifers are guaranteed to work in tough, southwest environments and produce calves each year that fit real world agriculture.

Consignors and buyers are treated to a barbecue lunch at noon, hosted by the Arizona Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial, with the sale following at 1:30 p.m.

Show Specifics
Consignments received as pens of three ranch-raised, commercial, replacement-quality heifers. All purebred and crossbred entries will be subjected to a rigorous pre-show sift to guarantee a standard of perfection and soundness.

Fast Facts

  • Limited to 20 pens of superior, range-ready cattle
  • Entry open to Arizona raised cattle from Arizona-owned ranches
  • Four Divisions
    • European – British Breeds
      • Age-Appropriate Open or Bred Females
    • American Breeds
      • Age-Appropriate Open or Bred Females
  • Cash Premiums & Awards
    • Division Champion and Reserve Champion Pens
    • Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champion Pens
  • Sale Order
    • Sale offering, order determined by show committee

Working Ranch Horse Competition
The 19th Annual Arizona Working Ranch Horse Competition, chaired by Kyle Best, provides a contest for horses from Arizona’s working cattle ranches. As they take years to train, ranchers consider their horse a trusted partner in daily duties. Taking great pride in their horse’s abilities, you can bet the competition among the ranchers will be fierce.

Show Specifics
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on December 29 in the Grandstand Arena, each horse and rider will have six minutes to execute a series of events commonly required in everyday ranch work, showcasing abilities to maneuver and work cattle.

Auction and Luncheon
Consignors and buyers for the Ranch Horse Auction, held in conjunction with the Arizona Ranch Replacement Heifer Sale, are treated to a barbecue lunch at noon, hosted by the Arizona Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial, with the sale following at 1:30 p.m.

Fast Facts

  • Limited to 15 invitation-only working ranch horse entries
  • Open to Arizona ranch horses from Arizona-owned ranches
  • Titles to Earn
    • Champion Ranch Horse
    • Reserve Champion Ranch Horse
  • Jackpot Payout & Auction
    • 100% of collected entry fees added to payout jackpot
    • Up to three competing horses will be selected by the committee and offered for sale during the auction