March 11, 2013
The 2013 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame inductions banquet is an AQHA Convention highlight.
Five horses and five men joined the ranks of those honored with entry into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame on March 10, 2013, at the AQHA Convention in Houston: Bill Brewer of Amarillo; Kenny Hart of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico; Frank Merrill of Purcell, Oklahoma; the late Guy Ray Rutland of Independence, Kansas; and Greg Whalen of Clements, California. The horses are: Fillinic, Freckles Playboy, Lady Bug’s Moon, Miss Olene and Poco Tivio.
For the first time, the evening event was webcast live online, bringing the historic presentations to the Internet audience.
Inductee AQHA Past President Frank Merrill spoke of being an “American Quarter Horse Association lifer,” someone raised up living and breathing American Quarter Horses, and acknowledged that he was in a room full of them.
It’s one of the most emotional moments of any AQHA convention, and this year was no different – honoring individuals who have influenced our breed in so many ways.
Scroll down and enjoy The American Quarter Horse Journal slideshow from the evening.
Better yet, take time to come visit their legacies in person at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum in Amarillo.
One more thing – AQHA President Gene Graves – due to hand over his responsibility as such on March 11 – shared the following list of standards he lives by in his remarks to the General Membership Meeting on March 9.
We thought you’d like to hear them; wisdom from a family man, businessman, cowboy and cancer-fighter. They seem to suit the Hall of Fame inductees.
Gene's Words of Wisdom
1. Face each day with hope.
2. Be kind and courteous to everyone.
3. Stand up for what you believe.
4. Life is more fun when you don’t keep score.
5. A good example is a great gift you give others.
6. Things do not change, we do.
7. There is no right way to do the wrong thing.
8. The more you say, the less people remember.
9. Never never, never give up.
10. Happiness is a choice.
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AQHA Director of Online and Interactive Communications