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That's a Wrap: Concluding the 2019 AQHA Convention

AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines shares highlights from the 2019 AQHA Convention in Fort Worth, Texas.

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From AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines

The 2019 AQHA Convention, held March 8-11 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, was a huge success!

AQHA is an organization that works for its members. Each spring, AQHA holds an annual convention to review member-submitted rule changes, appoint new AQHA directors, induct members into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and elect the AQHA Executive Committee. 

AQHA Executive Committee
The new AQHA Executive Committee was elected March 11. This five-person committee is responsible for implementing important decisions made by AQHA members through the board of directors.
The 2019-20 AQHA Executive Committee is President Stan Weaver of Big Sandy, Montana; First Vice President F.E. “Butch” Wise of El Reno, Oklahoma; Second Vice President Norman Luba of Louisville, Kentucky; member Dr. Scott Myers of Sharon Center, Ohio; and member Kenneth Banks of Schulenburg, Texas.

Learn more about each member of the AQHA Executive Committee. 

Hall of Fame Inductees
The 2019 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inducted 11 legends at convention: Billy Allen of Scott City, Kansas; AQHA Past President Johne Dobbs of Gastonia, North Carolina; the late J.M. Frost III of Houston; the late Hans Hansma of Granum, Alberta; and AQHA Past Executive Director of Publications Jim Jennings of Amarillo, Texas; the 2000 mare Vital Signs Are Good, the 1951 stallion Harlan, the 1992 stallion Mr Jess Perry, the 1958 stallion Tiger Leo, the 1984 stallion Zippos Mr Good Bar and the 1976 Thoroughbred mare Trippy Dip. Learn more about the class of 2019.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions, Ruti Shadmot of Moshau Faran, Israel, and Edward McNelis of Nampa, Idaho, were named separate recipients of the 2018 Merle Wood Humanitarian Award.

Professionals of the Year
The 2018 Don Burt Professional Horseman of the Year, AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year and Most Valuable Professional awards were presented on March 9.

  • 2018 Don Burt Professional Horseman of the Year is Gil Galyean of Purcell, Oklahoma
  • 2018 AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year is Chele McGauly of Elm Grove, Louisiana
  • 2018 Most Valuable Professional is Steve Meadows of Staunton, Virginia

Read more about Gil, Chele and Steve. These three professionals will be further honored at the AQHA Awards Celebration, November 17 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  

Additional awards were presented to the 2018 Zoetis AQHA Best Remuda winner Wagonhound Land & Livestock of Douglas, Wyoming; 2018 AQHA International Best Remuda La Media Suerta of Salto, Uruguay; and the 2018 AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder of the Year Miller Land & Livestock of Big Piney, Wyoming.  

AQHA Bylaw and Registration Changes 
Modifications to AQHA Bylaws, as well as registration-related items, were reviewed by AQHA members and the AQHA Board of Directors at convention. Per the Association's bylaws, the board of directors has the final authority when it comes to changes or additions to AQHA's bylaws and rules of registration. We'll bring you more later on the rule changes recommended by these two committees and approved by the board of directors. 

Stay tuned to for further information on committee actions at convention and YouTube videos of the Equine Industry Business Workshop, Industry Issues Town Hall meeting and general membership meetings.