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Hall of Fame Inductees
The 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees were honored at this year’s AQHA Convention in New Orleans.
The 2014 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees were honored at the Hall of Fame Banquet on March 9 at the 2014 American Quarter Horse Association Convention in New Orleans.
“We are pleased to honor the 2014 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees,” said Don Treadway Jr., AQHA executive vice president. “These men and these horses have served the Association in different ways on their way to making history.”
The men joining the Hall of Fame are Leroy Webb of Tucumcari, New Mexico; Ken Mumy of Metamora, Michigan; the late A.B. Green of Purcell, Oklahoma; and Donald “Curly” Smith of Grass Valley, California.
The horses are the 1955 stallion Mr Bar None; the 1961 mare Miss T Stuart; the 1979 mare Dashingly; the 1949 stallion Leo San; and the 1982 stallion Mr Conclusion.
The Hall of Fame in Amarillo is the repository of the breed’s history. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the highest honor AQHA can bestow.
“We congratulate these new members of the Hall of Fame and thank them for their work in improving our Association,” Treadway said.
Mr Bar None was foaled in 1955, sired by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Three Bars (TB) and out of the Moco Burnett mare Murl L. He was bred and owned by June and Zelma Jeffers of Wagoner, Oklahoma.
When Mr Bar None hit the track in 1957, he set a track record, and he kept getting faster from there, becoming the champion racing 2-year-old colt for the year. In 1958, he was the high money-earner, champion stallion, champion 3-year-old and world champion racing Quarter Horse. In all, he earned $72,125 on the track, defeating such famed horses as Clabber’s Win, Go Man Go, Vandy’s Flash, Dividend, Clabber Bar, Double Bid and Vanetta Dee.
After his racing career finished, Mr Bar None retired to the breeding shed, where his get earned $1.157 million. Three of them were champions: Bar None Doll, Mr Juniper Bar and Bayou Bar.
In 1961, a dun mare was foaled on the Stuart Ranch in Waurika, Oklahoma, where she would live her entire life. Her foals and their foals, though, would go on to win world championships, points and fame in all the different disciplines that American Quarter Horses are known for.
Miss T Stuart was bred and owned by R.T. “Bob” Stuart Jr. She was by Breezy Buck and out of Pretty Sally by Big Shot Dun.
Miss T Stuart’s 20 foals earned 801 points. After retirement from the show ring, her daughters produced athletic horses that could succeed in the show ring as well as on the AQHA Best Remuda Award-winning ranch. They produced the earners of world championships, reserve world championships and the 1995 AQHA Superhorse, Genuine Redbud.
The 1979 mare Dashingly won $1.754 million on the track during her Quarter Horse racing career, one of the richest mares in AQHA history and one of the few racing millionaires who earned that much money without winning the All American Futurity.
Dashingly was bred by Muriel Hyland of Lake Hughes, California, and was by Dash For Cash and out of the mare Dee Mount by the Thoroughbred stallion Killoqua. During her race career, the sorrel mare was owned first by then-15-year-old Windi Phillips and later by J.E. Jumonville Jr. The mare was trained by American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Bubba Cascio. At the time of her death, she was owned by J. Baxter Brinkmann of Dallas.
She was the 1981 AQHA racing champion 2-year-old filly. In 1982, she became a Superior racehorse, and in 1983 – her best year of racing – she was an AQHA Supreme racehorse, racing champion aged mare and world champion racing American Quarter Horse.
The Sire of Sires
Before there were American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame stallions Peppy San and Mr San Peppy, there was their sire, Leo San.
The 1949 stallion by Leo and out of the San Siemon mare San Sue Darks was bred by H.H. Darks of Wetumka, Oklahoma. Leo was owned by Gorden B. Howell of El Paso, Texas, who bought the horse as an 8-year-old because he wanted a horse that traced to the Quarter Horse bloodlines he liked best.
Howell’s broodmare band, including the dam of Peppy San and Mr San Peppy, Peppy Belle, were all chosen to complement Leo San. In turn, Leo San sired foals that earned 3,168 points in AQHA competition. His foals won in the show ring, on the racetrack and in the cutting pen, and were shown in every AQHA event. He died in 1968, but more than 30 years later, Leo San was still among the top 10 paternal sires of AQHA horses.
The Sire of Champions
Within a year of his arrival on earth, Mr Conclusion started making his mark in the halter pen. The 1982 sorrel stallion won the yearling class at the 1983 All American Quarter Horse Congress. In 1984, he was reserve world champion 2-year-old stallion.
In 1986, Mr Conclusion was the world champion aged stallion, the same year that the first of his progeny earned a world championship.
Mr Conclusion was by Conclusive and out of Miss Amber Charge by Otoe Charge. He was bred by Mark Toteff and James Evans of Stockbridge, Michigan. During his show career, Mr Conclusion was owned by Edgewood Farms Inc. of Pilot Point, Texas. At the time of his death in 1998, the stallion was owned by Roger Perry of Lexington, Kentucky.
His foals in total earned 47 open, 45 amateur and 30 youth world championships, as well as 88 reserve world championships. Along the way, they collected 48,763.5 points in all divisions of AQHA competition.
American Quarter Horse breeder Leroy Webb grew up in the cow camps of New Mexico and West Texas before becoming a cowboy himself.
Webb worked for Hall of Fame member Hank Wiescamp for 10 years, showing Wiescamp’s horses at AQHA shows and taking them to a higher level. He later became a horse trainer on his own and made many AQHA high-point horses and world champions. He has been a mentor to many top trainers.
A book by Davis L. Ford, “The Last Cowboy,” documents Webb’s life.
The Race Secretary
Donald “Curly” Smith loved American Quarter Horse racing. Starting as a jockey’s agent, he later became a saddling paddock judge before going to work in the racing office, eventually becoming the racing secretary at Los Alamitos Race Course and later the director of racing for the track.
He served on the AQHA Racing Council and racing committee, and is remembered by the racing industry as being strict but fair and playing a critical role in promoting and regulating American Quarter Horse racing.
“I have frequently, when faced with a difficult situation, asked myself, ‘What would Curly Smith do?’ ” said Scott Wells, president and general manager of Remington Park Racetrack in Oklahoma City. “In most cases, that process has led me to good decision-making based on fairness and all available facts.”
From his Green Pastures Ranch in Purcell, Oklahoma, oilman A.B. Green raised and raced some of the most famous horses of their day, with four of them inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame: Miss Meyers, Barbara L, Miss Olene and Go Man Go.
Green was the owner and breeder of the first AQHA Supreme Champion, Kid Meyers, a son of Miss Meyers. After Green’s death in 1969, his son, Bruce, continued raising and running his horses in his name.
Green and Kid Meyers have been inducted into the Ruidoso Hall of Fame where Kid Meyers’ son, Mr Kid Charge, won the All American and Rainbow futurities in 1971 and made Green the 1971 leading AQHA racing breeder by money earned.
The Past President
Ken Mumy of Metamora, Michigan, was elected to the AQHA Executive Committee in 2004 and served as president in 2008-2009.
The lifelong horseman and American Quarter Horse exhibitor began his service to AQHA long before that, when he joined the AQHA Membership Services Committee in 1993. He became a member of the board of directors in 1996.
During his term on the Executive Committee, Mumy worked to maintain AQHA’s formal ties with state, regional and international affiliates.
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AQHA news and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more information, follow @AQHAnews on Twitter, watch the AQHA Newscast and visit www.aqha.com/news. Founded in 1940, the American Quarter Horse Association is the largest equine breed organization in the world. With headquarters in Amarillo, Texas, AQHA has a membership of more than 270,000 people in 86 countries and has registered more than five million horses in 95 countries.
QUICK DYNASTY, DASH MASTER JESS NAB CLOSING DAY STAKES WINS; MUNIZ, LEVARIO TAKE TITLES
Hialeah, FL / February 23, 2014 – Martin Reynoza’s three-year-old gelding Quick Dynasty and Cesar Rosales’s four-year-old colt Dash Master Jess were the big stakes winners on Sunday’s closing day program at Hialeah Park as this iconic South Florida track, known by millions of fans as “the world’s most beautiful race course,” drew the curtain down on the 2013-14 live Quarter Horse season.
Quick Dynasty, by Fdd Dynasty-Royal Quick Glass, defeated Pyc First Prize Fany by 1-1/2 lengths to win the $183,295 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby. Saddled by leading trainer Brandon Muniz and ridden by leading rider Jesse Levario, Quick Dynasty posted his 4th victory of the 2013-14 Hialeah Park season and became the only four-time winner of the meet. He was still a maiden when he won a trial for the December 29 Hialeah Futurity. The gelding finished a disappointing 8th in the futurity, but has rebounded with three straight wins to start 2014. Quick Dynasty was clocked in a time of 21.550 seconds for 440 yards and earned a winner’s share of $84,315.
Eight runners contested the 2014 South Florida Quarter Horse Derby after the scratches of Big Time Jp and Beattie Feathers, finishing in the following order: Quick Dynasty, Pyc First Prize Fany, Eye Get The Blues, Pruittized, Furyofthesea, Max Cartel, Corona Sportiness, and Eagles Magic.
One race later, in an emotional 1st edition of the $100,000-guaranteed Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational, Dash Master Jess, by Mr Jess Perry- Dash Master Miss, came charging late and held off the closing Dashing Beduino by a neck to register his 3rd victory of the 2013-14 Hialeah park season. Dash Master Jess stopped the timer in 21.601 seconds for 440 yards and garnered the winner’s share of $60,000.
Trainer Rolando Almanza had originally named Ricky Ramirez to ride Dash Master Jess, but turned to veteran local jockey Shanley Jackson when Ramirez was unable to take the call. Jackson was scheduled to ride Joltin Jess in the race, but Matt Frazier –trainer of the multiple stakes-winner– decided to withdraw his gelding from the race at morning scratch time.
The official order of finish in the 2014 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational, reduced to 9 runners when Habits Secret was scratched at the starting gate, was: Dash Master Jess, Dashing Beduino, Jazz Be First, Texelkas Chic, Feature My News, Coppers Fit, Sure Shot B, Freaking, and Mi Angela.
Sunday’s ten-race program also included the $52,000 Sailfish Stakes at 1,000 yards, won by 22-1 outsider Reds Casino under jockey Alex Gonzalez for trainer Marcus Strickland and the $21,100 Roble Rojo Bonus Challenge at 300 yards, won by Madrecita under jockey Luis Guerrero for trainer John Stinebaugh.
Trainer Muniz recorded his 34th victory of the meet when Quick Dynasty won the South Florida Quarter Horse Derby. He finished four wins up on Alfredo Gomez (34-30) and tallied his second consecutive training title at Hialeah Park. Jockey Levario chalked up a riding double on closing day to finish three up on Omar Reyes (47-44).
The Best of the Best Are Slated for Equine Affaire’s 2014 Fantasia in Ohio
London, OH – January 16, 2014 – Tickets are already selling briskly for Equine Affaire’s musical celebration of the horse—the Fantasia—which will return to the coliseum of the Ohio Expo Center on April 10th to the 12th. For more than 15 years the Fantasia has been a highlight of Equine Affaire in Ohio and an event that has been both the model and trendsetter for other equestrian entertainment events around the nation.
The 2014 Fantasia will provide the perfect ending to a perfect day of learning, shopping, and absorbing all things horse-related at Equine Affaire. Equestrian performers will be traveling to Columbus from throughout the United States with horses of a variety of breeds and acts choreographed to musical styles ranging from traditional and country to classical and contemporary. As veteran Fantasia-goers have come to expect, the show will highlight the brilliance, grace, and athleticism of horses and demonstrate the spirit, willingness, and intelligence that horse people cherish most in their equine companions.
“The Fantasia is always a special opportunity to see some incredible horses and riders and witness some unforgettable performances,” said Eugenia Snyder, President of Equine Affaire. “In addition to enjoying the beauty and excitement of the various performances that make up the show, we have to marvel at the range of skills that horses possess, their extraordinary trainability, and their willingness to perform and excel in so many ways. The Fantasia is much more than equestrian entertainment—it’s truly a testament to the heart and soul of the amazing animals we love.”
The program for the 2014 Fantasia will include several of the most popular elements and disciplines featured at previous shows including freestyle reining and dressage, Roman riding, liberty acts, and drill team routines. This year’s Fantasia will include performances that will cover the emotional gamut from the dramatic to the comedic, and Fantasia-goers can be prepared to be “moved,” amazed, and made to laugh.
Among the headliners for the 2014 Fantasia are two of the top liberty horse trainers in the business: Guy McLean and Tommie Turvey. Guy McLean will present his “signature” four-horse liberty act which really must be seen to be believed—while Tommie Turvey will Roman ride a team of horses over a fire jump and engage his infamous paint horse, Poker Joe, in a battle of the wits. Other performers slated for the show include the award-winning Canadian Cowgirls drill team, Christine Drentwett and Caroline Williams (who will perform a garrocha pas de deux), Jeff Wilson presenting cowboy dressage aboard his exquisite Morgan stallion, Delview Catskill Valiant, and a host of other distinguished riders and handlers and unforgettable horses both large and small. The 2014 Fantasia will be a show that horse-loving Fantasia goers won’t soon forget.
The 2014 Fantasia is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Buckeye Nutrition, a leading manufacturer of premium equine nutritional products. The doors to the Ohio Expo Center coliseum will open for the Fantasia at 7:00 each evening and the show will begin at 7:30pm. Tickets range in price from $12 to $25 plus shipping and handling. Advance tickets may be purchased through March 31st online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) at www.equineaffaire.com or by calling (740) 845-0085. Because of the event’s popularity, most tickets for the performances will sell out in advance. Any tickets not sold in advance will go on sale at 9:00am on Thursday, April 10th at the Information Booth in the Bricker Building at Equine Affaire.
Equine Affaire will take place April 10-13 at the Ohio Expo Center and offer an unparalleled program of clinics, seminars, and demonstrations; the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition; a Youth Pavilion; a Breed Pavilion and Horse & Farm Exhibits; the Marketplace consignment area; a new Hobby Farms Pavilion; and the largest horse-related trade show in the nation. Show hours will be 9:00am–7:00pm on Thursday-Saturday and 9:00am–5:00pm on Sunday. General admission tickets include access to all clinics, seminars, and demos as well as the Versatile Horse & Rider Competition and are priced as follows: Adults: $15/day or $50/four-day pass; Children 7–10: $8/day or $28/four-day pass; Children 6 and under: Free. Tickets for both the Fantasia and Equine Affaire can be purchased by calling (740) 845-0085 weekdays from 9:00am–5:00pm Eastern or by visiting www.equineaffaire.com. The Ohio Expo Center will charge for parking.