Honoring 50-Year Breeders

AQHA honors its 50-year breeders.

October 8, 2012

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The American Quarter Horse Association honored the 2012 50-year breeders at a ceremony held on October 2 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.

Each year, AQHA honors breeders who have dedicated their livelihoods to maintaining the integrity of the American Quarter Horse. These horsemen and families see their biggest accomplishments and proudest moments in the horses they breed.

“It’s our honor to recognize the effort and time these breeders have spent in pushing the development of the American Quarter Horse,” said Don Treadway Jr., AQHA executive vice president.

This year, the honorees included 16 who received the cumulative award and 16 who received the legacy award. Cumulative breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 years cumulatively. Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years.

50-Year Cumulative Breeders

Carl Brackin of Hartford, Alabama
Susan Barrington of Slaton, Texas
Jack Brainard of Whitesboro, Texas
W R Burris of Willits, California
Jerry and Amanda Kaufmann of Buffalo, Wyoming
May Brothers of Kyle, South Dakota
Panhandle State University of Goodwell, Oklahoma
Norman J Huggins Family of Stigler, Oklahoma
Murray and Lois French of Eureka, Kansas
Seven L Ranch of Devers, Texas
Tom and Carol Klamrowski of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Broken Heart Ranch – Ralph and Helen Pederson of Firesteel, South Dakota
L H Wall Jr of Crowell, Texas
Kwen Griffeth of Preston, Idaho
Joe Sipes of Atoka, Oklahoma
Wing Brothers of Dalhart, Texas

50-Year Legacy Breeders

Loren V Peterson of Bayard, Nebraska
Thomas Lowell Barrett of Watertown, South Dakota
Chip and Leila Lockett of Huntington, Oregon
Duane W Walker of Canton, Kansas
Curtis W Shaw of Garvin, Minnesota
Ronald Welch of Tulia, Texas
White Oaks Farm of Holly, Colorado
Ken and Betty Williamson of Emmett, Idaho
Mary and Wayne Drydale of Bolckow, Missouri
Franklin D Higgs of Valley Center, Kansas
The Waldners of Brookings, South Dakota
Dent Bradley of Dimmitt, Texas
Jerry and Gwen Vawter of Aubrey, Texas
Rebecca Dodge of Pryor, Oklahoma
Bobby G Wedeking of Stamford, Texas
R E Odom of Orange, Texas

Honorees ranged from people who have bred American Quarter Horses for reining, racing, cutting, ranch and rodeo. All have dedicated 50 years to taking their best and making it better.