Inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2012
Walter Fletcher has always been a busy person. The AQHA Past President rodeoed through high school, college and after graduation. However, in 1975, he decided to go another direction and traded a couple of rope horses for a Top Moon mare owned by a couple of neighboring ranchers.
The mare, Sweet Mooner, produced six starters that together earned a third of a million dollars. Each became a winner – two of those in stakes – and Sweet Mooner became the foundation of the Fletcher breeding program that since 1977 has produced champions and the earners of more than $2.8 million.
Walter was elected to the AQHA Executive Committee in 2002 and became president in 2006. He was elected to the AQHA Board of Directors in 1993, the year after he began his nine-year tenure as a member of the Racing Committee, on which he served as chairman for two consecutive terms. He was also a member of the Racing Council for 10 years and chairman of that group for two consecutive years. In addition, he has served on the Hall of Fame selection committee, the Professional Horsemen’s Council and the Affiliate Council.