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Special Achivement Awards

Tom Lepic, Debbie Schauf, Ben Hudson given achivement awards.

Q-Racing Journal
January 16, 2013

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Three racing American Quarter Horse industry members have earned achievement awards for their efforts in the industry. For their contributions to the industry in 2012, Iowa horseman Tom Lepic earned the Gordon Crone Achievement award and Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Executive Director Debbie Schauf earned the Mildred Vessels Achievement award. Track magazine owner and publisher Ben Hudson earned the AQHA Racing Council Special Recognition Award for his lifetime achievements.

Tom Lepic
Tom Lepic, of Iowa City, Iowa, is an AQHA Racing Committee member who actively works to improve American Quarter Horse racing in Iowa and beyond.

Lepic was instrumental in orchestrating the 2012 Bank of America Challenge Championships at Prairie Meadows. The successful event had the largest attendance of any Challenge Championship in several years. In addition, Lepic has worked hard to pass favorable racing legislation and improve racing opportunities for American Quarter Horses in Iowa, including raising purses, increasing dates and implementing a stand-alone meet at Prairie Meadows. He regularly acts as an industry representative during state commission and legislative meetings.

Lepic is a member of the AQHA Champions Task Force Committee. He also serves as the chairman of the marketing, stakes and legislation committees for the Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association.

A former jockey, Lepic was the leading owner at the 2012 Quarter Horse meet at Prairie Meadows. But he also races horses at tracks around the country. A member of the Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Lepic, in a partnership, most notably raced champion Spit Curl Diva and Prairie Meadows Hall of Famer Eye The Hawkeye.
Lepic owns Lepic-Kroeger Realtors Inc., one of the largest independently and locally owned real estate companies in Iowa. A retired teacher and coach, Lepic is very involved in his community, and speaks regularly at civic functions.

Debbie Schauf
Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association Executive Director Debbie Schauf works tirelessly to promote American Quarter Horse racing everywhere.

Schauf is in the forefront of leadership around the nation, and before her tenure at OQHRA also held the same positions at the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association and the Texas Quarter Horse Association. A member of the AQHA Racing Committee, she is also a member of many national and state committees responsible for facets of the industry such as champion voting, state-bred programs, model rules and medications.

Among her 2012 contributions, Schauf donated her time and knowledge to support other affiliates as far-flung as Florida and Idaho. She attended industry meetings, hearings and worked on proposed legislation and draft rules to provide the greatest benefit for the industry.

“Debbie Schauf has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help out her fellow horsemen not only in Oklahoma, but in other racing states as well,” said her nominator. “Debbie knows that when racing in one state wins, we all win. That is why she continually reaches out and lends her knowledge, experience, expertise and passion to AQHA members and affiliates across the country.”

Ben Hudson
Ben Hudson purchased his first Quarter Horse as a teenager in the 1950s. Since then, in his long tenure in American Quarter Horse racing, he has served many parts of the industry, most prominently as the publisher and editor of Track Magazine but also as a breeder and owner who has been involved in the appraisal and sale of some of the most prominent racing Quarter Horses of the past 40 years.

Along with Jerry McAdams, Hudson founded Track in 1975. He is now the sole owner of the oldest and largest independently owned publication serving what he calls “the running Quarter Horse business.”

In the late 1970s, Hudson became a member of the AQHA Racing Committee and was instrumental in the formation of the Association’s racing council. In 1987, he became an AQHA director and in 2001 was elected to the racing council, where he served as vice chairman. He is currently a director-at-large and is serving on AQHA’s stud book and registration committee.

He is a past president of the Texas Quarter Horse Association and is a member of the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame. In 2002, Hudson won the Gordon Crone Achievement award.

“Ben is a good guy who cares passionately about Quarter Horse racing and the people in the industry,” said his nominator. “Ben works tirelessly to promote American Quarter Horse racing in Texas and throughout the country. His years as owner and publisher of Track magazine have made him one of the best-informed individuals in the industry, from breeding and racing news to industry events and happenings. He is highly respected by his peers, and is a continual source of encouragement and inspiration to newcomers to the sport. Ben truly lives his passion, devoting every moment to the betterment of American Quarter Horse racing."