Wrangler® Women of Influence

Wrangler® Women of Influence

Recognizing women who have changed the landscape of AQHA.

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Recognizing Trailblazers of AQHA

Women whose character, vision and perseverance have impacted the industry and those around them.

Influence is defined as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something. The American Quarter Horse Association is rich with trailblazing women who have not only broken traditional barriers, overcome challenges, and achieved goals, but have inspired and empowered others to do the same. Wrangler® Women of Influence seeks to recognize game-changing women who have invested their lifetime making significant contributions to the American Quarter Horse Association through their career and day-to-day life, and whose vision and creativity have altered the landscape of the industry.

In alignment with the values of Wrangler® and the American Quarter Horse Association, the Wrangler® Women of Influence will be awarded annually to four women whose character, vision, and perseverance have impacted the industry and those around them.

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Congratulations to the Inaugural Class of Wrangler Women of Influence!

Honorees will be featured in The American Quarter Horse Journal, on AQHA social media and will be celebrated at the Wrangler® Women of Influence Reception to be held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City during the 2023 AQHA World Championship Show.

Carol Rose

Carol Rose is the epitome of a Wrangler Woman of Influence. She has shown a lifelong dedication to molding the American Quarter Horse industry in profound ways. A member of AQHA for over 60 years, Carol is not simply a member of this organization. She is an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductee, is an AQHA leading breeder of performance horses and has owned and bred a multitude of AQHA world champions, among other innumerable accomplishments. Her enthusiasm for – and unwavering commitment to – the breeding aspect of the industry has led to the production of phenomenal horses. Carol Rose is a trailblazer and is synonymous with a Wrangler Woman of Influence.

Nancy Cahill

Nancy Cahill’s example of honesty and integrity to the horse and her students embodies the true spirit of a Wrangler Woman of Influence. With more than 50 years in the equine industry, Nancy began training horses in her youth and continues to do so at her training facilities in Madisonville, Texas. She has trained and shown multiple AQHA world and All American Quarter Horse Congress champions. She has volunteered for more than 25 years at the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup and is a member of the AQHA Animal Welfare Commission. Nancy was honored as AQHA Professional Horsewoman of the Year in 1996, the Most Valuable Professional in 2015 and was recognized with AQHA’s Merle Wood Humanitarian Award. A founding member of the Texas Quarter Horse Association, she has championed youth programs within TQHA and AQHA. Her impactful efforts to support youth and the Quarter Horse industry are widely recognized across the globe. Nancy Cahill is a tremendous example of a Wrangler Woman of Influence.

Robin Merrill

Robin Merrill has spent her life dedicated to her family, American Quarter Horses, AQHA and the American Quarter Horse Foundation. She exemplifies a true trailblazer and Wrangler Woman of Influence. Her lifelong friendship and endless encouragement to the equine community has made her a role model for many. Robin was influential in developing Windward Stud, one of AQHA’s largest breeding farms for champions in the show arena. Robin has worked tirelessly to increase American Quarter Horse Foundation awareness, funding and programs. She served on the AQHA Youth Activities Committee and Foundation Council and became the first appointed member to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She is now an AQHA honorary vice president.  Robin continues to give time, energy, vision and support to numerous aspects of AQHA.

Georga Sutton

Georga Sutton has dedicated her life to the western lifestyle and American Quarter Horse arena. She truly embodies the spirit of a Wrangler Woman of Influence. A member of AQHA since 1968, Georga has an extraordinary list of accomplishments and accolades as a horsewoman, leader, breeder and competitor. Georga has always been a proud supporter of the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program, is an inductee to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, serves as an AQHA honorary vice president and director, and was named the first woman president of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association, in addition to her service on numerous AQHA committees. She actively runs the Raymond Sutton Ranch, home to the oldest production sale in the world. We honor Georga Sutton as a true and deserving Wrangler Woman of Influence!