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Two Horses, Four People Nominated for the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame
AQHA Press Release
Amarillo, Texas, May 25, 2004 -- Four individuals and two horses will be inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame during the 2005 AQHA Convention March 11-15 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri. The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame was established in 1975 to honor people and horses instrumental in the development of the breed and the American Quarter Horse Association. Induction into the Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors bestowed by AQHA.
The six 2004 Hall of Fame inductees include:
The Allred Brothers
Harvey, Jerry and Dale Allred are known as the Allred Brothers to the American Quarter Horse racing industry and are three of the most influential people in the business. Among the endless list of their accomplishments, the Allred Bros. bred AB WHAT A RUNNER, the winner of the 2002 All American Futurity which is American Quarter Horse racing's richest race held at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico. AB WHAT A RUNNER was the 2-year-old champion filly in 2002, as well as the 2 year-old champion in 2002. In 2003, she was named champion 3-year-old filly.
A 40-year breeder, the Allred Bros. have had 315 starters with 1,044 wins, 237 stakes wins, and earnings exceeding $6.1 million. The Allred Bros. also have 33 Superior race awards.
Jerry, Harvey and Dale dedicated their lives to breeding winning racing American Quarter Horses. Jerry carries on the legacy of the Allred Bros. since losing his brother Harvey in 2000 and Dale in 2001.
Charley "Choo Choo" Smith
Charley "Choo Choo" Smith spent the majority of his life atop racing American Quarter Horses. Born in 1930, Smith had lifetime earnings of nearly $1 million. He won 1,433 races, earned 1,241 seconds and 1,209 thirds. He contributed to the careers of several world champions including GO TOGETHER, GOETTA, JET DECK, LIGHT BAR, PAP, STEAM TO GO, TINY WATCH and TOY SPUR. Smith also won the 1963 All American Futurity. He jockeyed horses for more than 30 years, retiring in 1974.
AQHA past President Mike Perkins acquired his first horse as a teenager and never yielded on the road to making his dreams come true. A Bentonville, Arkansas, resident, Mike has dedicated much of his life to AQHA and the American Quarter Horse. From having a role as a consultant and commentator for AQHA's television show, "America's Horse" to serving as AQHA President in 1998, Mike has been a key leader in the equine industry. He has been an AQHA Judge since 1970, served on the youth committee, the stud book and registration committee, and currently serves on the international and finance committees. Mike and his wife, Beth, are lifetime members of AQHA. Under Mike's presidency, 12 American Quarter Horse Youth Association members from nine states and Canada received a unique opportunity to experience first-hand what it takes to prepare an American Quarter Horse for a major race. Each year, AQHYA members can apply for the Youth Racing Experience, and 12 are selected to participate in the five-day program.
Virginia "Ginger" Hyland
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Ginger Hyland's passion for American Quarter Horses already earned her one place on the wall, the wall that displays portraits of AQHA Presidents, and now she'll have another in the AQHA Hall of Fame. During her tenure with AQHA, Ginger served on the research committee for 15 years, including three years as chairman. She also served on the stud book and registration committee until she was elected to the Executive Committee in 1993. Today, Ginger resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico and serves on the finance, the investment oversight and the stud book and registration committees. Under her leadership as AQHA President, the Ride Program made its debut with 43 trail rides and more than 3,000 participants.
AMERICAN QUARTER HORSES
SHUE FLY was a World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse three consecutive years beginning in 1941. Miss Princess and Go Man Go are the only other horses to accomplish that feat. The 1937 chestnut mare by Cowboy and out of Lady Luck set a new world record for 440 yards in 1946. She produced four foals, all race winners, including Royal Charge who sired 233 performers out of 346 foals. One hundred thirty-three of SHUE FLY's offspring were race winners, and 15 were stakes winners. She earned her racing register of merit in 1946.
PECHO DEXTER, a 1963 sorrel gelding, is by Poco Pecho, by Poco Pine and out of Miss Hogan. Defining the meaning of a performance horse, PECHO DEXTER earned 1,058 halter points, 141.5 points in trail, 1,135.5 in western pleasure and 233.5 hunter under saddle points. PECHO DEXTER was bred by John King of Cleburne, Texas, and earned five AQHA Honor Roll titles during his career.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame resides inside the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum in Amarillo, Texas. In 2004, six men, one woman and four American Quarter Horses were inducted into the Hall of Fame expanding the inductee total to 110 people and 56 American Quarter Horses.
For more information on any of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductees contact the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum at (806) 376-5181.