NSBA Hall of Fame Inductees

Harley D Zip, Investment Asset and the Fritz Leeman family will be honored by the National Snaffle Bit Association in 2015.

From the National Snaffle Bit Association

Harley D Zip clinched his final AQHA senior western riding world championship in 2011 with AQHA Professional Horseman Jason Martin in the saddle for owner Highview Ranch Quarter Horses. (Credit: Journal)

The National Snaffle Bit Association is proud to announce the inductees into its Hall of Fame for 2015.

The Fritz Leeman family, of Massillon, Ohio, will be inducted in the individual category. What started as a few backyard horses for their children has turned into a 200-acre state-of-the-art breeding facility equipped to handle breeding, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, and ship cooled and frozen semen. The farm also offers mare care for foaling out in addition to the Leeman’s own breeding program. The farm has been home to such stallion as Marshall Coker and Snazzy Story to today’s world champion How Bout This Cowboy, as well as Leeman’s award winning children Lisa, Doug and Jeff, to grandchildren Katsy and Kyle. The family is also a long-time supporter of NSBA initiatives.

In the show horse category, NSBA will induct Harley D Zip. The bay gelding earned more points, world championship titles, and AQHA Incentive Fund money than any other horse in the history of western riding, including open, amateur, Select amateur and youth titles for his owners, the Papendick family of Highview Ranch Quarter Horses of Rapid City, South Dakota. He has earned 6,000 AQHA points, including 2,300 open western riding points. This 16-time world champion and nine-time reserve world champion has multiple All American Quarter Horse Congress championships and Congress amateur versatility championships to his credit, as well as being a three-time AQHA year-end all-around high-point hjorse; multiple year-end high-point junior and senior hjorse wins; and by class, has earned 11 high-point championships. In 2012, Harley retired at the AQHA World Championship Show.

In the breeding horse category, AQHA stallion Investment Asset will be enshrined. The 1987 bay stallion by The Big Investment earned $49,875 in futurity earnings as well as a reserve AQHA world championship and an AQHA Superior title. His get earned $260,298 in performance earnings, as well as 29,367.5 AQHA performance points, nine AQHA world championships, three reserve world champions, 20 AQHA Champions and 165 Superior award earners.

This year’s inductees will be featured in the June issue of NSBA's The Way To Go.

The inductions will take place at the NSBA Awards Banquet on Wednesday, August 12, at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the NSBA World Championship Show and Breeders Championship Futurity. To make a reservation for the awards banquet, contact the NSBA office at 847-623-6722.

Gil Galyean and How Bout At Midnight Anne Wilson and Visible Investment

Fritz Leeman's How About At Midnight won 2-year-old western pleasure with AQHA Professional Horseman Gil Galyean at the 2014 AQHA World Show. For Fritz, Gil showed How About At Midnight's sire, How About This Cowboy, to the 2-year-old western pleasure reserve world championship in 2010 and dam, Onlygoodtilmidnight, to the 2-year-old western pleasure world championship in 2011.

Investment Asset's son Visible Investment is one of the sire's winningest offspring. The 2000 bay gelding won the Adequan Select showmanship world championship five years in a row with former owner Anne Wilson – from 2010 to 2014 – and was the pair earned the Farnam Select All-Around Amateur title in 2011 and 2012.