The American Quarter Horse Association has learned of the passing of Audie Rackley of Amarillo, Texas, who was the editor and then executive editor of The Quarter Horse Journal and The Quarter Racing Journal from 1972 to 1995. He was only the sixth person in history to serve as the editor of the Journal. At the time of his retirement in 1995, he was also the longest-tenured editor for the Journal.
Rackley graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1957 with a degree in animal science. Before working at the Journal, he was a field representative for The Cattleman and later worked for the American Angus Association. He started at AQHA as the advertising director for the Journal in 1970.
He became editor of the magazine in 1972. At the time he took over, the Journal had been on a consistent growth pattern, and Rackley was challenged to continue that growth. During his tenure, the Journal celebrated its 25th anniversary in the September 1973 issue.
Read the official obituary. Memorial service will be held at a later date.