Gene Parker

AQHA Director-At-Large Gene Parker passed away on September 29.

American Quarter Horse Association

Gene’s crowning achievement was being selected, by his peers, as the Don Burt AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year in 2011.

Gene A. Parker, 68, of Orrum, North Carolina, died September 29 at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He was born May 5, 1950, in Lumberton, North Carolina, to Rembert and Louise Parker. After graduating from Orrum High School, he attended Chowan University and UNC-Pembroke before opening Gene Parker Farms where he bred, raised and showed American Quarter Horses.

Gene was a member of the Eastern Quarter Horse and North Carolina Quarter Horse associations for many years and has represented North Carolina as an AQHA director since 1995. This tenure, along with his general involvement promoting the American Quarter Horse earned Gene the honor of being inducted into the North Carolina Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2011.

He showed numerous world champion horses at the AQHA World Championship Show and many other champions at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and other breed association championship shows. Gene was an AQHA-approved judge for 40 years and judged the AQHA world championship shows.

Besides the time with his family, Gene’s crowning achievement was being selected, by his peers, as the Don Burt AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year in 2011.

Gene’s favorite hobbies were watching his son and grandson as they competed in various sporting events and showed horses at major competitions. He also enjoyed bird hunting, with his personal bird dogs, in west Texas with friends and fellow competitors.

He is survived by his mother, Louise Parker, sister Deborrah Parker Sisty and husband John; son Kyle Parker, and grandson Trent Parker. Gene was preceded in death by his father, Rembert Parker.

A celebration of life honoring his memory will be held at a later date.