Janet VanBebber Named AQHA Chief Racing Officer

AQHA appoints Janet VanBebber to oversee racing programs and initiatives as AQHA Chief Racing Officer.

American Quarter Horse Association

Janet VanBebber will begin her new role as AQHA Chief Racing Officer on June 23. (Credit: Ben and Christine Hudson)

The American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce the addition of Janet VanBebber as the new AQHA Chief Racing Officer. VanBebber will begin her new role on June 23. 

In her new role, VanBebber will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the racing department, Racing Challenge and related programs. She will also play a key role in developing and implementing programs and objectives to promote the advancement of Quarter Horse racing across the globe.

VanBebber’s resume boasts a long and successful career training racing American Quarter Horses. The former owner of VanBebber Racing Stables of Ledbetter, Texas, she has a long history of involvement with American Quarter Horses and Quarter Horse racing and is well known as being one of the industry’s most accomplished trainers. In 2011, she became the first female trainer to eclipse the 1,000th career win mark and she is the leading female trainer by money earned. Her resume also includes being the recipient of the 2002 AQHA Mildred N. Vessels Special Achievement Award. Her career includes training world champion Tailor Fit, who remains ranked as one of the breed’s top money earners – 15 years after his final race. With additional experience and knowledge of track administration and state racing affiliate involvement, her background makes her an excellent candidate to spearhead AQHA race initiatives.

“We are confident Janet will successfully lead Quarter Horse racing into the future,” said Craig Huffhines, AQHA executive vice president. “We believe she will bring a lot to the table when planning, directing and coordinating programs and events designed to build ownership and interest in racehorses and Quarter Horse racing, in general. We are counting on her to help unify state jurisdictions on important topics like medication and welfare issues.”

In addition to owning VanBebber Racing Stables of Ledbetter, Texas, Janet has been on the board of directors for both the Texas Quarter Horse Association and the Texas HBPA, while also owning and managing other horse related enterprises. These various experiences will assist in her new role as she determines and formulates policies and procedures and provides overall direction for AQHA's racing department.

VanBebber received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Fullerton. 

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