Inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2015
Tom Bradbury has had many achievements on the track, whether alone or in partnership with others. He bred and/or raced luminaries such as Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) winner I Like The Odds, world- and track-record holder Dolls Prodigy and stakes horses Shazooms Doll, Miss Jet Queen, You Betcha Can and Tsunami Splash.
Tom was born June 30, 1936, to Tom and Gladys Bradbury, who farmed and ranched near Littleton, Colorado, where young Tom showed steers and clowned at rodeos in high school. He graduated in 1958 from Colorado State University with a degree in farm and ranch management. Tom is a CSU Distinguished Alumni and served on the alumni association board.
While at CSU, he met and married his wife, Margaret. On their honeymoon, they attended a Quarter Horse sale in Brush, Colorado, which fueled their lifelong passion for Quarter Horses. The same year, they founded Bradbury Land and Cattle Co. at Byers, Colorado, where they raised their three girls and one boy.
The ranch also is where they put together an elite band of broodmares and bred and raised some of the finest and fastest Quarter Horses in the nation.
They have shares in syndicates of elite stallions First Down Dash, Wave Carver and Teller Cartel, and as with their Quarter Horses, the Bradburys also maintain high-quality bloodlines of Hereford and Red Angus cattle.
Tom found time to serve the livestock and other industries in many organizations. He is a director emeritus of AQHA, and served on many committees and was chairman of the AQHA Stud Book and Registration Committee. A director and former president of the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association, and a member of the Colorado Horsemen’s Board, where he worked to bring racing back to the Rocky Mountain State. A former president of the American Hereford Association, he served on the executive committee of the National Western Stock Show and on the board of the National Cattlemen’s Association and Colorado Livestock Association. He also has served numerous other local and regional activities.
Tom and Margaret believe strongly in the youth of this nation. They served as leaders, mentors, advisers and sponsors of 4-H and other agricultural youth groups. They also sponsored scholarships and other financial assistance to youth at both the high school and college levels.
Tom Bradbury was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2015.