Breeder Recognition Banquet

The 2023 50- and 75-year breeders will be recognized at the AQHA Breeder Recognition Banquet, slated to be hosted during the 2024 AQHA Convention.

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

This year, the honorees include 16 50-year legacy breeders, 23 50-year cumulative breeders and one 75-year breeder. Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal consecutively for the total years of the award. Cumulative breeders are those who have registered at least one foal cumulatively for the total years of the award.

2023 AQHA Breeder Recognition Banquet

Join us February 26 at 6 p.m. during the 2023 AQHA Convention at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, as we recognize the following breeders. 

An email with more information was sent directly to each breeder. If you have questions or did not receive your email as an honoree, email

Tickets for the AQHA Breeder Recognition Banquet will be available soon.

Breeders to be Honored in 2024

50-Year Legacy Breeders

Ronald and Phyllis Highland of Kersey, Colorado

Danny Hogan of Dexter, Georgia

Steve Krogman of White River, South Dakota

Dean Pederson of Starbuck, Minnesota

Gwen Streeter of Oran, Missouri

Bell Ranch of Encampment, Wyoming

Holmes Quarter Horses of Plankinton, South Dakota

David Schlorff of Honey Creek, Iowa

Korell Family Trust of Riverton, Wyoming

Silver Spur Operating Co. LLC of Encampment, Wyoming

Schofield Quarter Horses of Philip, South Dakota

John Johnson of Lemmon, South Dakota

Helen Maddux Trust of Wahoo, Nebraska

Vinewood Farms of Visalia, California

Carolyn Stewart of Ramona, Oklahoma

Windy Hill Ranch of Waynesboro, Georgia

50-Year Cumulative Breeders

Mike and Karen Buchanan of Pavillion, Wyoming

Bullard Farms of Weatherford, Texas

B. Richard Orton of Salem, Utah

Timothy Meyer of Sylvan Grove, Kansas

Dennis Robinson of Francesville, Indiana

Reynolds Cattle Co. of Dalhart, Texas

Merle Morgan of Idaho Falls, Idaho

Ronald Pinney of Wood Lake, Nebraska

Sue May of Fort Stockton, Texas

Leslie Norris Penkhus of Colorado Springs, Colorado

James Allen of Santa Anna, Texas

Carolyn Stewart of Ramona, Oklahoma

Ronny Bumpus of Lampasas, Texas

Ellis “Hank” Bird of Bryan, Texas

Bath Brothers of Laramie, Wyoming

Pitzer Ranch of Ericson, Nebraska

Sonoma Livestock Co. of Winnemucca, Nevada

J & S M Inc. of Fort Stockton, Texas

A. D. Burris of Keota, Oklahoma

Jimmy Barrett of Throckmorton, Texas

Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas

Jimmy Farris of Midway, Texas

Roy Frank of Parkland County, Alberta

Crago Cattle Company of Belle Fourche, South Dakota

75-Year Breeder

Jeffrey Rutland of Independence, Kansas

AQHA Ranching Heritage Awards

2023 AQHA Best Remuda Creek Plantation of Martin, South Carolina
2023 AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year KT Cattle Inc. of Amado, Arizona
2023 Top Money-Earning Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year

If you have questions about the list of breeders, email  






BMW Quarter Horses

Cia Ganadera De Atotonilco

Four Sixes Ranch

Joan Logan Schroeder and Alan Smith

K4 Ranch

King Ranch, Inc.

KT Ranch

O RO Ranch

Parks Bell Ranches

Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science

W E Harris

W T Waggoner Estate