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Hunt family donates six foals to AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program

Courtesy imageTo help fuel the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program, Jim and Joni Hunt of Faith, SD, selected six of their weanlings to donate to the program. Youth selected as recipients of the colts will be announced at the Hunt's sale, Sept. 10.

When AQHA’s Ranching Heritage Breeder concept was first born, it was the brainchild of Jim Hunt, Faith, SD.

“It was kind of in defense of breeders in the region and from watching good people raising good horses and getting no recognition for it,” said Hunt.

“At our sale last year, Don Treadway (AQHA Executive vice president) and I talked about it and he spoke to the crowd about the declining membership in AQHA and how the registrations were down,” continued Hunt. “I just felt like we needed to do something to promote the real ranch horses and to get back to the roots of the Quarter Horse.”



Hunt was invited to be on the Ranching Council and traveled to Amarillo, TX, to the meeting that hatched the whole program. Also on the Council are: Chairman Stan Weaver, Big Sandy, MT; Rob A. Brown, Stinnett, TX; Larry Bell, Midland, TX; Terry Stuart Forst, Waurika, OK; Dorvan Solberg, Ray, ND; Ty Van Norman, Tuscarora, NV; and Kris Wilson, Newkirk, NM. The Executive Committee representative is Johnny Trotter, Hereford, TX. All genuine ranchers and horsemen, the Council is dedicated to the promotion of ranch-bred and -used horses.

When AQHA’s Ranching Heritage Breeder concept was first born, it was the brainchild of Jim Hunt, Faith, SD.



“It was kind of in defense of breeders in the region and from watching good people raising good horses and getting no recognition for it,” said Hunt.

“At our sale last year, Don Treadway (AQHA Executive vice president) and I talked about it and he spoke to the crowd about the declining membership in AQHA and how the registrations were down,” continued Hunt. “I just felt like we needed to do something to promote the real ranch horses and to get back to the roots of the Quarter Horse.”

Hunt was invited to be on the Ranching Council and traveled to Amarillo, TX, to the meeting that hatched the whole program. Also on the Council are: Chairman Stan Weaver, Big Sandy, MT; Rob A. Brown, Stinnett, TX; Larry Bell, Midland, TX; Terry Stuart Forst, Waurika, OK; Dorvan Solberg, Ray, ND; Ty Van Norman, Tuscarora, NV; and Kris Wilson, Newkirk, NM. The Executive Committee representative is Johnny Trotter, Hereford, TX. All genuine ranchers and horsemen, the Council is dedicated to the promotion of ranch-bred and -used horses.

When AQHA’s Ranching Heritage Breeder concept was first born, it was the brainchild of Jim Hunt, Faith, SD.

“It was kind of in defense of breeders in the region and from watching good people raising good horses and getting no recognition for it,” said Hunt.

“At our sale last year, Don Treadway (AQHA Executive vice president) and I talked about it and he spoke to the crowd about the declining membership in AQHA and how the registrations were down,” continued Hunt. “I just felt like we needed to do something to promote the real ranch horses and to get back to the roots of the Quarter Horse.”

Hunt was invited to be on the Ranching Council and traveled to Amarillo, TX, to the meeting that hatched the whole program. Also on the Council are: Chairman Stan Weaver, Big Sandy, MT; Rob A. Brown, Stinnett, TX; Larry Bell, Midland, TX; Terry Stuart Forst, Waurika, OK; Dorvan Solberg, Ray, ND; Ty Van Norman, Tuscarora, NV; and Kris Wilson, Newkirk, NM. The Executive Committee representative is Johnny Trotter, Hereford, TX. All genuine ranchers and horsemen, the Council is dedicated to the promotion of ranch-bred and -used horses.


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