Legacy Award Winner
Each year, AQHA honors breeders who have dedicated their livelihoods to maintaining the integrity of the American Quarter Horse. These horsemen and families see their biggest accomplishments and proudest moments in the horses they breed.
“It’s our honor to recognize the breeders who are the backbone of AQHA,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. “They have kept the tradition of the American Quarter Horse alive through their knowledge and dedication, and ensure that the success of the breed will continue for many generations to come.”
In 2010, the Lazy JS Ranch earned the Legacy Award, given out by the American Quarter Horse Association to recognize producers who have continuously registered Quarter Horse foals for 50 years.
Ranching Heritage Breeder
Ranching Heritage Breeders are those that breed and raise the ranch-type horse, which remains at the core of the American Quarter Horse Association and epitomizes the breed’s versatility.
AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeder Qualifications
AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders should embody the longevity, integrity and honesty of the ranching tradition. AQHA Ranching Heritage Breeders are those who breed and raise the ranch-type horse, which remains at the core of the American Quarter Horse Association and epitomizes the breed’s versatility.
To be recognized as a Ranching Heritage Breeder, breeders must meet the following criteria:
- The ranch must be a member of the American Quarter Horse Association
- Ranch remudas must consist of registered American Quarter Horses
- The ranch must own a minimum of five AQHA-registered mares used to produce ranch horses
- The ranch must maintain a remuda for the specific purpose of operating a working cattle ranch
- The ranch must have received, at minimum, an AQHA 10-year Breeder award
- The ranch must apply to and be approved by the AQHA Ranching Commitee and AQHA Execuitve Committee
- The ranch must pay a $10 annual fee to maintain status as a Ranching Heritage Breeder