AQHA Recognizes 50-Year Breeders

AQHA honored 50-year breeders on October 19 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.

The American Quarter Horse Association

AQHA honored this year’s 50-year breeders at a ceremony October 19 at the Hall of Fame.

The American Quarter Horse Association honored this year’s 50-year breeders at a ceremony October 19 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.

Each year, AQHA honors breeders who have dedicated their livelihoods to maintaining the integrity of the American Quarter Horse. These horsemen and families see their biggest accomplishments and proudest moments in the horses they breed.

“Fifty-year breeders are the backbone of the American Quarter Horse industry,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “They have dedicated so much of their lives to the American Quarter Horse, and they make the vision of our founders a realitythrough their knowledge and dedication.”

This year, the honorees include 11 legacy award winners and 14 cumulative award winners. Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years. Cumulative breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 years cumulatively.

50-Year Legacy Breeders

  • Good Bros Cattle Co. of Belton, Missouri

  • J.E. Jumonville Jr. of Ventress, Louisiana

  • Jerry and Amanda Kaufmann of Buffalo, Wyoming

  • Ben L. McKinney of Cedar Valley, Utah

  • Joe D. Newell of Oskaloosa, Kansas

  • Ohoopee River Farm of Collins, Georgia

  • Sterling O. Roberts of Hillsboro, New Mexico

  • Mary H. Smith Brooks of Atlanta, Texas

  • Bernard and Nola Thornton of Opelousas, Louisiana

  • Claude F. and Mary Ann Wells of Anselmo, Nebraska

  • Mahlstedt Ranch Inc. of Circle, Montana

50-Year Cumulative Breeders

  • Max Alman of Pelahatchie, Mississippi

  • Thomas H. Bradbury of Byers, Colorado

  • F.W. Brown of Highlands, Texas

  • Margaret Chamberlain Hawkins of Arthur, Nebraska

  • Charles A. Hollis of Greenway, Arkansas

  • Tommy Houston of Bluff Dale, Texas

  • Jelmer E. Johnson of Torrington, Wyoming

  • Tom Maddux of North Platte, Nebraska

  • Dr. Gerald O’Connor of Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Buzz and Connie Oliphant of Rowley, Iowa

  • Edward and Janet Stanton of Ontario, Oregon

  • L.L. Stokes of Big Lake, Texas

  • Fred and Clara Wilson of Newcastle, Wyoming

  • Miracle Mountain Ranch Missions Inc. of Spring Creek, Pennsylvania

Honorees ranged from people who have bred American Quarter Horses for reining, racing, cutting, ranch and rodeo. All have dedicated 50 years to taking their best and making it better.

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