AQHA 50-Year Breeder Jerry Vawter Dies

Jerry Vawter, breeder of Kid Clu and Telusive, died September 14.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

AQHA Legacy breeder Jerry Vawter, pictured here in the early 1970s, died September 14, 2014. (Credit: AQHA file photo)

AQHA breeder and lifetime member Jerry Vawter, 78, of Aubrey, Texas, died in his home September 14.

Jerry was born March 31, 1936, and began breeding American Quarter Horses more than 50 years ago. His program has produced more than 300 foals over the years, including many AQHA world champions, reserve world champions and some of AQHA’s biggest names in halter, such as Kid Clu, Telusive, Quinclusive and Wincredible. More than 4,000 points have been earned by foals bred by Jerry and his wife, Gwen. The couple was honored as AQHA 50-year Legacy breeders in 2012.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Valeriana Vawter; and son-in-law, Dale Dunning.

He is survived by his wife, Gwen; son, Greg and wife Rubina Vawter of The Woodlands, Texas; daughter, Jamie Dunning of Frisco, Texas; five grandchildren, Tyler Dunning, Hayden Dunning, Nathan Dunning, Robert Vawter, Alexis Vawter; sister, Pam and husband Jim Bruner of Oak Point; and mother-in-law, Jean Clarke.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on September 20 at Slay Memorial Funeral Center in Aubrey.

Donations can be made in Jerry’s honor to either The Shepherd's Storehouse, P.O. Box 826, Pilot Point, TX 76258, or the local animal shelter, All American Dogs, 12860 Tischler Road, Pilot Point, TX 76258.