AQHA Judge James 'Whizzer' Baker Dies

A memorial service is slated for January 10 at the Bakers' ranch in Sumterville, Florida.

American Quarter Horse Association

AQHA judge and Professional Horseman James G. "Whizzer" Baker of Sumterville, Florida, died recently. Baker, 62, had been fighting ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease) for the past few years. While there will be no funeral, plans are pending for a celebration of Baker's life. He is survived by his wife, Kathi. 

Baker's A Life Well Lived Celebration is slated for January 10 at the Bakers' Windcatcher Ranch and Stallion Station in in Sumterville, Florida, starting between 11 a.m. and noon EST. 

"This event will be an informal gathering of storytelling of truth and lies in true Whizzer fashion. He will be smiling upon us all for sure," friend Christina Earl wrote on Facebook. 

The Bakers own and operate Windcatcher Ranch and Stallion Station in Sumterville, as well as Four Winds West, an equine special event management and production company. 

In addition to serving as an AQHA judge for many years, Baker was currently serving on the AQHA Recreational Riding Committee. 

Condolences can be sent to:

Kathi Jernigan Baker 
Windcatcher Ranch
PO Box 337 
Sumterville, FL 33585