Breeder Recognition Banquet

The 2023 50- and 75-year breeders will be recognized at the AQHA Breeder Recognition Banquet presented by Teton Ridge, 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, 22 50-year cumulative breeders and two 75-year breeders, American Performance Horseman Breeders, Top Money-Earning Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year, AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year and the AQHA Best Remuda award winner.  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 presented by Teton Ridge

Join us March 17 at 6 p.m. during the 2024 AQHA Convention at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas 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


Breeders to be Honored in 2024

50-Year Legacy Breeders

Bell Ranch of Encampment, Wyoming

Ronald L. and Phyllis K. Highland of Kersey, Colorado

Danny Hogan of Dexter, Georgia

Holmes Quarter Horses of Plankinton, South Dakota

John G. Johnson of Lemmon, South Dakota

Korell Family Trust of Riverton, Wyoming

Steve R. Krogman of White River, South Dakota

Helen J. Maddux Trust of Wahoo, Nebraska

Dean D. Pederson of Starbuck, Minnesota

Gwen Streeter of Oran, Missouri

David G. Schlorff of Honey Creek, Iowa

Schofield Quarter Horses of Philip, South Dakota

Silver Spur Operating Co. LLC of Encampment, Wyoming

Carolyn Stewart of Ramona, Oklahoma

Vinewood Farms of Visalia, California

Windy Hill Ranch of Waynesboro, Georgia

50-Year Cumulative Breeders

James R. Allen of Santa Anna, Texas

Jimmy G. Barrett of Throckmorton, Texas

Bath Brothers of Laramie, Wyoming

Ellis H. “Hank” Bird of Bryan, Texas

Mike and Karen Buchanan of Pavillion, Wyoming

Bullard Farms of Weatherford, Texas

Ronny Bumpus of Lampasas, Texas

A. D. Burris of Keota, Oklahoma

Crago Cattle Company of Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Jimmy Farris of Midway, Texas

Roy Frank of Parkland County, Alberta

Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas

Sue H. May of Fort Stockton, Texas

Timothy D. Meyer of Sylvan Grove, Kansas

Merle D. Morgan of Idaho Falls, Idaho

B. Richard Orton of Salem, Utah

Leslie Norris Penkhus of Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ronald Pinney of Wood Lake, Nebraska

Pitzer Ranch of Ericson, Nebraska

Reynolds Cattle Co. of Dalhart, Texas

Dennis W. Robinson of Francesville, Indiana

Sonoma Livestock Co. of Winnemucca, Nevada

75-Year Breeders

Jerry G. and M. Sue Golliher of Belle Fourche, South Dakota

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 – Box O Quarter Horses of Gordon, Nebraska

2023 The American Performance Horseman Breeders

  • Carol Rose and Richard Bell - Gainesville, Texas
    • Shine Smarter, Reined Cow Horse
  • Royce Stallcup - Seymour, Texas
    • All Spice, Cutting
  • Curtis Performance Horses LLC - Weatherford, Texas
    • Down Right Amazing, Reining

If you have questions about the list of breeders, email