Mildred Janowitz may have been small in stature, but she was a giant in spirit, with a steely determination to do what she felt was right for the American Quarter Horse. She never hesitated to speak her mind and she was admired for many decades. Her influence on the American Quarter Horse industry was significant.
Born November 7, 1918, in Denver, Mildred was the daughter of Louis and Elizabeth Fogel. Growing up, Mildred loved school; where she developed her love of writing and journalism. She joined every club and newspaper she could at the high school and college level to perfect her skills.
As a city girl bent on a writing career, Mildred’s life changed completely in 1940 when she met Jack Janowitz, a pharmacist. They began dating and eventually married. Jack had a dream to become a horse breeder, and together they took a leap of faith to achieve this goal. They began to develop some of the best Quarter Horses and Palominos under the name of Horse Patch Farms at Franktown, Colorado.
Mildred and Jack registered their first American Quarter Horse in 1948, and Mildred was recognized with an AQHA Legacy Award in 2001 for 50 years of breeding American Quarter Horses. Their horses were known as the “sweet” horses, and the Janowitzes worked hard to develop horses that represented the best of the breed.
Mildred and Jack began to train their horses for competitions and shows, and were instrumental in various horse organizations and events over their career, including AQHA, the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association, the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, the National Western Stock Show and the Colorado State Fair.
Their goal was to raise a beautiful Quarter Horse with a perfect golden color that could win at halter and performance events alike. With the bloodlines of their foundation sire, Horn’s Stormy Gold, and Sucaryl, a son of Sugar Bars, they bred and raised champions in the show arena and also some that made it to the track.
In addition to her involvement with horse organizations, Mildred was involved with the National Western Stock Show and the Colorado State Fair, as well as being involved with political and civic affairs in Douglas County. There, she was instrumental in acquiring an indoor arena for the community and working on other projects. Mildred was a long-time writer and editor for The Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse magazine.
Mildred stayed very active with her writing, speaking, traveling and horse operations. She was known to be very fierce and strong-willed on the issues she believed in and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. If you knew her well, then you would probably say she was tough on the outside with a warm heart on the inside, a product of her upbringing and years of working on the ranch. She spent the last years of her life at her beloved house in Franktown, keeping her body and mind as active as possible into her 90s.
A pillar of the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association, a 60-year Quarter Horse breeder, an American Quarter Horse Association Honorary Vice President, and a member of the American Quarter Horse and the Palomino Horse Breeders of America halls of fame, Mildred died on December 19, 2014.
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