Preserving the Code

Code of the West Foundation presents bronze to the American Quarter Horse Foundation and American Quarter Horse Association in recognition of preserving the Code of the West.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Large-scale “Code of the West” statues also stand at the former home of Michael Kammerer Jr., at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, and at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. (Journal photo)

Responsibility, respect and a handshake being a man’s bond are all unspoken and unwritten core values of ranchers, cattlemen and families from the old West. Those attributes are all illustrated in the “Code of the West” bronze that Red Steagall presented on July 24 to the American Quarter Horse Foundation

The bronze was presented to the Foundation by the Code of the West Foundation. Created by R. Michael Kammerer Jr., founder and chairman of ITN Networks, the largest strategic television syndication service in the United States, the Code of the West Foundation promotes the values of working for what you get, helping your neighbors, taking care of your family, and other core values. Michael, before his death in May 2007, appointed Red to the board of the Code of the West Foundation. Red, a long-time friend and member of AQHA, is an actor, musician, poet and performer, whose “Somewhere West of Wall Street” television show airs on RFD-TV.

Michael and Red shared a belief in the importance of the preservation of the cowboy way and the values of people of the early American West. 

In his presentation of the bronze, Red said one of the best values that children learn from the cowboy way of life is responsibility and respect. 

He believes that the American Quarter Horse Foundation and American Quarter Horse Association embody the Code of the West and sees the organizations as true “Keepers of the Code.” 

Sculptor Herb Mignery created the “Code of the West” bronze that cowboy entertainer Red Steagall, center, presented to the American Quarter Horse Foundation. Stan Weaver, left, and Butch Wise, members of the American Quarter Horse Foundation Board of Trustees, were on hand to accept the bronze.
AQHA First Vice President Stan Weaver, far left, with Red Steagall and AQHA Second Vice President Butch Wise. (Journal photo)

Dr. Jim Heird accepted the bronze on behalf of the American Quarter Horse Foundation and its board of trustees, saying he hopes that receiving a bronze that encapsulates these values will remind the American Quarter Horse Foundation and the Association of their collective responsibility in maintaining and preserving the cowboy way of life and the core values of the Code of the West.