Inspiring Trailblazers: Women of the American Quarter Horse

'Inspiring Trailblazers: Women of the American Quarter Horse'

This temporary exhibit at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum honors women who made their marks on the industry and opened the door for others.

Carol Rose cutting at Tucson, AZ in 1974 (Courtesy of Carol Rose)

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In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas, is sharing the history of women’s impact on the American Quarter Horse breed and Association in the temporary exhibit “Inspiring Trailblazers: Women of the American Quarter Horse.”

This exhibit, revamped from 2016’s “The Bold and Beautiful,” features the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame women who left their marks on the American Quarter Horse as breeders, owners, trainers, competitors, chroniclers, leaders and visionaries, opening the door for others.

Since 1940, the American Quarter Horse Association has paved a way for passionate horsemen and horsewomen to come together in the name of the American Quarter Horse for the breed’s preservation, celebration and advancement. From the beginning, women have been involved with AQHA; from stakeholders to elected directors, women helped in the creation of AQHA.

The 16 women who are members of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame are highlighted in this exhibit. Trailblazers in the American Quarter Horse industry, these women include:

  • Abigail Kawananakoa

  • Anne Burnett Tandy

  • Anne Marion

  • Betty Nix

  • Carol Harris

  • Carol Rose

  • Georga Sutton

  • Ginger Hyland

  • Harriet Peckham

  • Helen Michaelis

  • Johne Dobbs

  • Mildred Janowitz

  • Mrs. Fisher E. Simmons

  • Nancy Dear

  • Sandy Vaughn

  • Suzanne Jones

“While these women’s achievements are in our Hall of Fame, they are not the only women who have inspired others and led the way for future professionals in the industry,” said Laura Owens, Foundation programs manager. “This exhibit gives the opportunity to add a woman who has inspired you to our inspiration wall, leaving a note or photo of a woman who has inspired their love for the American Quarter Horse.”

The exhibit, “Inspiring Trailblazers: Women of the American Quarter Horse,” is on display for a limited time.

About the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, Texas, is a place for horse lovers of all ages to learn more about the American Quarter Horse and to experience a piece of the West. Start your museum visit at www.aqha.com/museum. Celebrating and preserving the history of the American Quarter Horse, the Hall of Fame & Museum is a program of the American Quarter Horse Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Quarter Horse Association. Every gift makes a difference. Give today.

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