Today in 1940, livestock leaders met in Fort Worth to form the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Among those in attendance were rancher and quarter horse breeder Anne Burnett Hall and King Ranch President Robert J. Kleberg. My grandfather was working on the King Ranch during this timeframe so this tidbit of Texas history special.
The AQHA meetings led to a charter, by-laws, and election of officers of an organization to “collect, record and preserve the pedigrees of Quarter Horses in America.” No formal registry of the animals existed until the AQHA came together.
“If you’ve ever driven across Texas, you know how different one area of the state can be from another. Take El Paso. It looks as much like Dallas as I look like Jack Nicklaus.” ~ Pro Golfer Lee Trevino