American Quarter Horse Foundation - Hall of Fame & Museum

American Quarter Horse Foundation - Hall of Fame & Museum The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas, is a state-of-the-art facility designed to showcase the stars of the American Quarter Horse world, the people and horses who have earned their place as legends.
The Foundation connects horses and people through charitable giving in order to develop and support programs or initiatives that preserve our horse’s legacy and further the overall well-being of the American Quarter Horse and the people who comprise the Quarter Horse family.
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The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum is a gem of Western art in the Texas Panhandle. Visit the many interactive and educational exhibits showcasing the American Quarter Horse and the Western lifestyle, or stop by to see the changing exhibits at the Museum.

03/14/2019
AQHF Hall of Fame: This is Who We Are

Family. Tradition. Legacy.

For generations the descendants of Captain King have set their sights on breeding top American Quarter Horses. Today, King Ranch Quarter Horses is led by three 6th generation family members, who strive to uphold the high expectations of the ancestors that came before them. As a founding member of the American Quarter Horse Association, King Ranch continues to make an impact on our breed, exemplifying the Foundation’s Hall of Fame tenet.

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****SOLD OUT****Thank you to all who purchased scarves to benefit the Foundation!We have 10 of the 2019 AQHA Limited Edi...
03/14/2019

****SOLD OUT****

Thank you to all who purchased scarves to benefit the Foundation!

We have 10 of the 2019 AQHA Limited Edition Commemorative Scarves still available for purchase after Convention!

If you are interested in purchasing one, please call 806-378-5040.

Our inaugural class of AQHLead has started with a bang! These 19-34 year old young adults were able attend the American ...
03/11/2019

Our inaugural class of AQHLead has started with a bang! These 19-34 year old young adults were able attend the American Quarter Horse Association National Convention and shadow different committee chairs over the course of the past 4 days. Throughout the next year they will continue to learn more about AQHA governance and ways to be involved. We are thrilled to have this amazing group, and know that they will be impactful to our organization for years to come!

Contact us for more information on AQHLead!

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03/11/2019

A wonderful night celebrating our Class of 2019 Hall of Fame inductees and the 2018 Merle Wood Humanitarian Award recipients!

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Heck of a night for the American Quarter Horse Foundation!  Our fearless leader, Dr. Anna Morrison won the bull riding m...
03/10/2019

Heck of a night for the American Quarter Horse Foundation! Our fearless leader, Dr. Anna Morrison won the bull riding match up, and thanks to many generous people, we raised over $25,000 on that calcutta alone! Big thanks to Steve and Kathy Headley for being the winning bidders on Anna, and generously donating their half of the pot back to AQHF! Shout out to Johnny and Jana Trotter and the Amon G. Carter Foundation for making last night possible- you helped our vision become a reality!

We appreciate all that were able to come, and can’t wait to see you all next year in VEGAS!

Who is ready for a Boot Scootin’ good time?? Join us tonight for the Boot Scootin’ Foundation party at the American ...
03/09/2019

Who is ready for a Boot Scootin’ good time??

Join us tonight for the Boot Scootin’ Foundation party at the American Quarter Horse Association National Convention! We will be two steppin’, bull ridin, pool playin’ and shoe shinin’ while the one and only ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL is live onstage! Also, don’t miss the mechanical bull riding ride off featuring some familiar faces- Calcutta will begin at 7pm SHARP! See you there!

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There are only 250 of the 2019 AQHA Limited Edition Commemorative Scarf! Make sure to stop by the American Quarter Horse...
03/06/2019

There are only 250 of the 2019 AQHA Limited Edition Commemorative Scarf! Make sure to stop by the American Quarter Horse Foundation booth when you register to pick yours up!

Fringe Scarves produces 100% silk scarves that make a statement anytime you wear one! So, stick your neck out and tie one on!

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Fringe Scarves founder, Jodi Hendrickson, grew up on a cattle and horse ranch in South Dakota. Her time around horses an...
03/01/2019

Fringe Scarves founder, Jodi Hendrickson, grew up on a cattle and horse ranch in South Dakota. Her time around horses and ranching is extensive and combine that with her love for Western fashion motivated her to create Fringe Scarves in 2018.

Stop by the American Quarter Horse Foundation booth at the AQHA Convention to check out the 2019 AQHA Limited Edition Commemorative Scarf designed by Jodi! All proceeds will go to benefit the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

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Fringe Scarves was launched in June 2018 and through this company founder Jodi, hoped to encourage people to never stop ...
02/25/2019

Fringe Scarves was launched in June 2018 and through this company founder Jodi, hoped to encourage people to never stop trying and always pursue their dreams.

Make sure to stop by the American Quarter Horse Foundation table during the AQHA Convention in Fort Worth to purchase your 2019 AQHA Limited Edition Commemorative Scarf!

All proceeds will benefit the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

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Stick your neck out and tie one on! Take a look at how amazing the 2019 AQHA Limited Edition Commemorative scarf looks t...
02/23/2019

Stick your neck out and tie one on!

Take a look at how amazing the 2019 AQHA Limited Edition Commemorative scarf looks tied on!

Make sure to stop by the Mix & Mingle, Friday, March 8 from 9:30 to 11 am at the 2019 AQHA Convention to check out the scarf in person and get some scarf tying tips from the experts at Fringe Scarves!

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The 2019 AQHA Commemorative Limited Edition Scarf has elements within the design that are iconic to AQHA. Take a look be...
02/21/2019

The 2019 AQHA Commemorative Limited Edition Scarf has elements within the design that are iconic to AQHA. Take a look below to see how the ideal quarter horse and the AQHA World Show buckles are incorporated into the design!

Like what you see? Join us at the 2019 AQHA Convention to purchase one of these limited edition scarves!

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Did you know? Jodi Hendrickson, founder of Fringe Scarves, does all her own custom designs, including this year’s AQHA...
02/19/2019

Did you know?

Jodi Hendrickson, founder of Fringe Scarves, does all her own custom designs, including this year’s AQHA limited edition, commemorative scarf.

Here is a sneak peek of the 2019 limited edition scarf that the American Quarter Horse Foundation will be selling at the 2019 AQHA Convention.

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Joining us at convention? Make sure to purchase a limited edition AQHA commemorative scarf! Stay tuned for a sneak peek ...
02/15/2019

Joining us at convention?

Make sure to purchase a limited edition AQHA commemorative scarf! Stay tuned for a sneak peek of the scarves coming soon! All proceeds will benefit the American Quarter Horse Foundation.

FringeScarves #wildrags #fringescarves #westernfashion #aqhacustomscarf #AQHAProud #AQHAConvention

The American Quarter Horse Foundation is pleased to welcome Caroline Gunn Rogers to our team as Director of Development....
02/06/2019

The American Quarter Horse Foundation is pleased to welcome Caroline Gunn Rogers to our team as Director of Development.

Caroline is a longtime American Quarter Horse enthusiast and Lifetime AQHA Member. She spent 3 years as Director of Corporate Sponsorships and Events for Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes and Olathe Boot Company. She managed relationships with partner associations and helped ensure successful events.

For the past 6 years, Caroline has been with the Texas A&M Foundation as a Director of Development, focusing on major gift efforts for Mays Business School, a top ten ranked public business school in the United States. In her time there, she was instrumental in reaching a $135 million campaign goal 3 years ahead of schedule, allowing the college to restructure their support efforts to additional areas.

As an AQHYA member, she served as a National Youth Officer and National Youth Director, was a member of the 2002 Youth World Cup team, and won several National High Point titles, including All Around Youth in 2001. She was a member of the Texas A&M Equestrian Team from 2006-2010, earning 3 team and 3 individual NCEA National Championships in her 4 competition years. Caroline has been a competitive showman, winning multiple World and Congress Championships in Showmanship, Horsemanship, Equitation and Trail.

Caroline and her husband live in Bryan, Texas, where they own BCR Ventures, raising purebred Red and Black Angus cattle and selling those genetics across the world.

Join us in welcoming Caroline to the AQHF family! #aqhfoundation #thisiswhoweare

Bobby Cox registered his first winner in 1979 and through July 2016 had been represented as a breeder by stakes winners ...
01/30/2019

Bobby Cox registered his first winner in 1979 and through July 2016 had been represented as a breeder by stakes winners and the earners of more than $21.8 million.

Highly respected in the breeding and racing worlds, Bobby Cox is third behind only Dr. Ed Allred and Vessels Stallion Farm as an all-time leading breeder of racing American Quarter Horses. Cox registered his first winner in 1979 and through July 2016 had been represented as breeder by 63 stakes winners and the earners of more than $21.8 million.

“Brimmerton is my all-time favorite horse,” Cox says, of the now 15-year-old stallion by First Down Dash and out of Fitting Celebration. Brimmerton has sired 17 stakes winners and the earners of more than $5.4 million.

Cox named Brimmerton for the cruiser on which he served in the Navy. “My first racehorse was a Thoroughbred claimer, and I’ve run some other Thoroughbreds over the years, but I’ve just always primarily stuck with Quarter Horses. First of all, they’re beautiful animals and second they are the most versatile horse there is. You can do anything with them.”

At age 81, Cox still rides on his ranch of nearly 3,000 acres, where he breeds mares and raises their babies, and uses homebred Quarter Horses to work his Black Angus cattle. The ranch is at Peaster, Texas, just west of where he and Leona, his wife of more than 60 years, live in Fort Worth. The AQHA champion owner in 2004 and 2010, Cox was inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2008 and to the Ruidoso Racehorse Hall of Fame in 2013.

“Our ranch has a sign saying, ‘Winning is not everything, it’s the only thing,’ ” he says. “That’s correct in one sense, but in another very real sense, the experience – being there, being in the race itself, just being a part of it – is great even if you don’t win.

Cox was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2017. To learn more about Bobby Cox and other American Quarter Horse Foundation Hall of Fame inductees, please visit aqha.com/foundation. Bio is from induction in 2017.

Not learning to speak English until he entered grammar school, Leo Winters went on to become a Lieutenant Governor and T...
01/29/2019

Not learning to speak English until he entered grammar school, Leo Winters went on to become a Lieutenant Governor and Treasurer of the state of Oklahoma and the 38th president of AQHA in 1988.

A strong leader, Winters resigned as Secretary of the Senate and ran for Lieutenant Governor, where he served the next four years. He then took on the position of State Treasurer; he served there from 1967 to 1987.

Throughout all this time, Winters continued to have the love for horses and agriculture that he developed as a child. “I ran my first horse race in 1938,” Winters said, “and I’ve been an equine derelict ever since."

With knowledge of working horses, but a love for running horses, Winters bred Miss Top Flame, a Top Deck (TB) daughter out of a Three Bars (TB) mare that earned more than $60,000 in stakes wins. The mare eventually became the foundation of Winters’ breeding program. She was the dam of Cherished Lady, who produced the 1988 champion racing 2-year-old gelding Liberty Coin.

Winters bred 141 foals – 94 starters, 57 winners and 14 stakes placers with $435,018 in winnings at the racetrack. He bred most of the horses he raced, but his horses did not only excel on the racetrack. Three of his registered foals earned 151 points in the show ring, as well as three Registers of Merit and a Superior in barrel racing.

In 1970, Winters was selected as an AQHA Director. He served on the AQHA Executive Committee and the stud book and registration committee. He was also a member of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association.

Winters was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1999, and died in 2005. To learn more about Winters and other American Quarter Horse Foundation Hall of Fame inductees, please visit aqha.com/foundation. Bio is from induction in 1999.

Shue Fly was one of the best racing horses in AQHA history, being one of only three Quarter Horses to ever win three wor...
01/28/2019

Shue Fly was one of the best racing horses in AQHA history, being one of only three Quarter Horses to ever win three world championships.

The sorrel mare was foaled in 1937, but her breeding remains a controversy. Her AQHA pedigree shows she was by Cowboy P-12 and out of Lady Luck by Booger Red. Many involved in Quarter Horse racing in the early years had an unshakable belief that Shue Fly was actually sired by a Thoroughbred named Erskine Dale, and was out of the Quarter racing mare Nancy M by Peter McCue.

There was no doubt though that the mare had great speed on the racetrack. Shue Fly was known for her ability to come from behind and win the race. Many believed she was either toying with the competition or just ran as fast as she deemed necessary.

Her most memorable race took place on March 15, 1942, at the World Championship Quarter Mile Race at Rillito racetrack in Tucson, Arizona. Many knew that no horse was conceded a chance to outrun the mare unless she fell.

As Shue Fly broke, she was startled when owner Bob Burris whacked her on the hip with his hat. She over-jumped and fell to her knees. Jockey Hank Laswell slid up on her neck. By the time she regained her feet, she was seven lengths behind. On a quarter-mile track, seven lengths could seem like an eternity.

The crowd began to cheer Shue Fly on. She began running and became a sorrel streak of lightning. Many would have sworn she was too far back to make it. She not only caught up to them, but also passed the lead horse, Nobody’s Friend, to win by a nose.

That afternoon, Hall of Fame member Elmer Hepler bought the sorrel mare for $3,000. He raced her for several more years and began breeding her in 1948. Only four of her foals survived to maturity and three went on to race. Those three were Little Fly, La Mosquita and Royal Charge, son of Hall of Fame member Depth Charge (TB).

Shue Fly died in 1963 at 26. She was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2005. To learn more about Shue Fly and other American Quarter Horse Foundation Hall of Fame inductees, please visit aqha.com/foundation. Bio is from induction in 2005.

“I doubt that there is, or ever has been, another place on earth just like the King Ranch of Texas.  I also doubt that...
01/27/2019

“I doubt that there is, or ever has been, another place on earth just like the King Ranch of Texas. I also doubt that there is, or ever has been, another family and another people like the family and people of the King Ranch, the Kineños (King Ranch people).”

Holland McCombs used these words in his introduction to “The King Ranch, 1939-1944.” The statement accurately described the Kleberg family and one of its descendants, Richard M. Kleberg, Jr.

Kleberg was born in 1916, and was a grandson of R. J. Kleberg, Sr., one of the King Ranch pioneers. Kleberg’s early education was spent with the Spanish-speaking cowboys who populated the numerous cow camps of the King Ranch empire. His father managed the Laureles division of the ranch, and when Kleberg was old enough to work cattle – following the tradition of Kleberg youth – he did so from dawn to dusk, day in and day out.

Kleberg returned to Texas after school and attended the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated from the UT law school. His next move was back to the King Ranch in Kingsville in 1940, where he became managerial assistant to his uncle, Robert J. Kleberg, Jr.

In 1954, Kleberg was elected vice president of the King Ranch corporate board, and 14 years later, he became chairman. Following family tradition, Kleberg further developed the ranch’s outstanding Quarter Horse breeding program.

Also in 1954, Kleberg became an AQHA Director, and served in this post until 1973, when he was named an AQHA Honorary Vice President. Kleberg served on the finance committee in 1972, and voiced his ideas in equine research committee meetings from 1960 through 1971.

Until his death, Kleberg was a driving force in the success of the King Ranch Quarter Horse breeding program. Kleberg died in 1979 at 62, and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1995. To learn more about Richard M. Kleberg Jr. and other American Quarter Horse Foundation Hall of Fame inductees, please visit aqha.com/foundation. Bio is from induction in 2012.

Jack Kyle was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1999.From helping the careers of many professiona...
01/26/2019

Jack Kyle was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1999.

From helping the careers of many professional trainers, including his daughter Jackie Krshka and his nephew Pete Kyle, to teaching the basics to newcomers to the Quarter Horse industry, Jack Kyle was a distinguished role model and has been described as “a legend in his own time.”

Kyle was born in 1925 on a ranch 40 miles from Brownfield, Texas. When he was old enough to start first grade, he and his brothers saddled up before sunrise to ride 14 miles to school, never being tardy. His family later moved closer to civilization, to a cow outfit near Fort Sumner, New Mexico.

Kyle began breeding Quarter Horses in 1949 when he purchased Skip A Barb from Hank Wiescamp. The stallion became his program’s foundation sire. Skip A Barb sired 18 AQHA Champions, four world champions and three honor-roll titlists.

In 1996, Kyle earned AQHA’s five-year continuous breeder award and the 40-year cumulative breeders award in 1998.

Kyle was a founder of the New Mexico Quarter Horse Association, and served as a director for more than 30 years and one term as president. He also served as an AQHA judge for 24 years, assisting with seminars and helping to define the rules for judged roping events. He officiated the first AQHA World Championship Show and the first NRHA Futurity, and he won the first western riding class held at the New Mexico State Fair in the early 1950s.

Kyle was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1999, and died in February 2006. To learn more about Jack Kyle and other American Quarter Horse Foundation Hall of Fame inductees, please visit aqha.com/foundation. Bio is from induction in 1999.

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