Suttons to be inducted into AQHA Hall of Fame
Induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the American Quarter Horse Association. Those chosen for induction are recognized for their lifetime of accomplishments and service. Five horses and six AQHA members have been selected for induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2018.
The horses in the Class of 2018 are Maroon (TB), Otoe, Runaway Winner, Smart Chic Olena and The Ole Man.
The four men and two women who will join the Hall of Fame are Abigail Kawananakoa of Nuevo, California; Dr. Tom Lenz of Louisburg, Kansas; the late AQHA Past President Gene Graves of Grand Island, Nebraska; Georga and the late Raymond Sutton of Gettysburg, South Dakota; and the late Robert Sutherland of Kansas City, Missouri.
The Sutton family has been breeding American Quarter Horses in South Dakota since the early 1950s. The Raymond Sutton Ranch earned the AQHA Legacy Award – given for 50 consecutive years of breeding – in 2001. The ranch is also a Ranching Heritage Breeder.
Raymond and Georga are only the second couple to be inducted. Raymond was a judge and a national director from 1985 until his death in 2005. Georga was elected an AQHA director in 2005, serving on the international, studbook and registration, and the Hall of Fame selection committees. She was named an honorary vice president in 2013. The Suttons are both past presidents of the South Dakota Quarter Horse Association. Their annual production sale is thought to be the oldest consecutive Quarter Horse sale in the world. 2017 will mark the sale’s 66th anniversary.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum located in Amarillo, Texas beautifully showcases the dozens of horses and people who have earned the distinction of becoming part of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. To be a part of the Hall of Fame, horses and people must have been outstanding over a period of years in a variety of categories. Inductees are those who have brought exceptional visibility and/or contribution to the American Quarter Horse. Hall of Fame inductees are chosen each year by a selection committee and honored at the annual AQHA convention.