An Alberta Horse Sale Tradition

One of the signature sale events of the year for western riders in Canada is the annual Fall Select Sale, hosted by the Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group, and coming up this coming Saturday, November 6, during Farmfair, at Northlands in Edmonton.

I touched base with AQHBG Selection Committee members Brian Hunter and Don Edey earlier this week to get their thoughts about this year’s sale and the western horse market of late. I really enjoyed hearing the perspectives of these AQHBG Directors, both of whom hail from different genres of the western horse industry.

So, here without further ado, is our conversation:

The Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group has held this sale for an astounding 37 years. Quite an accomplishment all on its own. Since your involvement in the Group, what has been the most significant change(s) in the type of horse you have for offer from then to now at the annual Sale?

Don Edey: Marci (Edey) and I have consigned horses for about six years. I think that in these six years we have attracted improved quality in terms of conformation, better fitted for the sale and pedigree (although I would be quick to add that a lot of our sale supporters are more focused on the horse than the pedigree).

Brian Hunter: I’ve been involved for approximately 10 years as a Director first, then Sale Director and for the past number of years as Chairman and Sale Director. I think the horses are getting better but there is more breeding toward different disciplines within the industry. The same horse used to be used for ranch work, cutting, reining, working cow horse and pleasure classes both in western and English but now the breeding is more specialized.

What would you like to point out about this year’s offerings?
DE: We continue our focus of selecting a mix of prospects, started and trained horses. Other sales cater to weanlings and yearlings but this sale is strong on the 2-year-olds through to bridle horses.

BH: As we are a “Breeders Group”, we always have a selection of ages plus broodmares. The majority of our sale horses this year are yearlings, 2 and 3-year-olds with a good cross section of older horses. Also, there is an abundance of color this year.

There has been a lot of talk about some significant dispersal offerings down south this fall, most have now passed with greater than anticipated results. For instance, the Ohio Congress Sale enjoyed a 40% increase in average sale price. What does this say to you, as both breeder and AQHBG Director?

DE: I would think that the buying public is willing to spend a good dollar on a good horse. I don’t know of any purchase that one makes that exemplifies more the expression “you get what you pay for”. My experience is that the most important contributor to any sale is the buyer. The sale results you mention are refreshing as it indicates that buyers are buying.

BH: As you know, the horse business in the United States, up to recent times, has always enjoyed a better business climate due to population and tax implications. We can only hope that as our economy picks up, so will the market for good, quality bred Alberta horses.

How has what’s happening down south affected the Canadian market?
DE:
We live in a global village and the U.S. does affect our markets. Our sale caters to the complete continuum of horse discipline. Variety is typical of this select sale (right from ranch horses, rope horses, trail horses, English, pleasure, penning and arena horses). Our members in the Breeders Group have a diversification of focus for sure. A lot of sales are focused on arena performance and the U.S. market likely impacts that market more than our customer base. There are a lot of horses in the world. Good horses can be found if you are diligent. We all aspire to own the great horse – and the definition of great can be a safe trail horse for a ten-year-old daughter or a CFR qualifying barrel horse.

BH: I think that besides the downturn in the U.S. economy and up to recently as you stated, lower horse prices as a result, another major factor is the lack of slaughter facilities in the U.S. and therefore a lot of horses being shipped up here which affect our baseline price and draws down all the prices.

Would you agree that the western horse industry is in the center of a “correction”? And if so, what’s your take on how long this will last, what it will take to get through, and finally, what type/age of horse savvy horsepeople will be looking to invest in, during this down time?

DE: I don’t know of any industry that is not in the center of a “correction”. People are scambling to reduce debt, manage debt and things are definitely tighter. On the bright side regardless of the downturn people still golf, sail, ride, travel and horses are a passion to live for for a large segment of our population. Any downturn provides the opportuntiy to buy at a discount. I think we are seeing the incline happening and those who have taken advantage of the buying opportunity will be well rewarded in relative terms.

Horse savvy people of any type or age likely know the legitimate price of a good horse that is sound, safe and a joy to ride. Once you have ridden a good horse that you can safely trust with your family it is, as the popular television ad says – “priceless.”

In the performance world if competing at a high level is your goal the dollar value of that exceptional athlete can be a very sizable outlay. The horse sport world  is a pay-to-play reality. I always say if you don’t have a good horse, go get one, and we have some good horses from top breeders consigned at this sale. A lot of customers over 37 years have found a good horse at this annual sale.

BH: I don’t know if the western horse industry is in the centre of a correction but I do believe now that the PMU industry is not producing as many horses for market and if the slaughter industry comes back in the U.S., along with their economy, we may see some longer term confidence both there and here, and people may begin paying what well bred and trained horses are worth. The type of horse a lot of people are looking for is the overall recreational horse which they can use in amateur events, plus go to the mountains on or just enjoy trail riding with on weekends.

Do you recall a similar time of correction in the past 15 years?

DE: Marci and I have foaled 25 years of foal crops. I can’t recall a similar correction but we have never had the same dynamics (recession, slaughter ban, protest movements that are now real issues).

BH: I think we had a correction awhile back when the PMU industry was booming as it did affect the market value of the weanling horse market. Also the downturn of the early 90’s along with drought conditions in certain areas causing feed to escalate hurt the industry. Cattle prices have also been a factor although they have started to rebound.

Do you want to share any feedback you have received from consignors this year?

DE: Usually the feedback comes after the sale and typically those who have a good sale are thrilled and those that don’t are concerned. Anyone in this business has hopes and dreams. As Board members and volunteers we are committed to providing a quality venue, a selection of the best we can attract as a selection committee and then make the buying opportunity favorable to both the buyer and the seller.

BH: The feedback I’ve heard from consigners is no different than other years. They just hope to get their costs out and promote their horses. Nobody expects to get rich! They are in it for the love of the horses.

Why is the Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group important to the western horse industry, and particularly in these uncertain times?

DE: The Group is the promotional vehicle of the Quarter Horse breed in Alberta. The Directory enables members to attract customers and advertise their offerings. The Sale gives breeders the opportunity to market, and the buyer the chance to buy the best we breed. Breeders for the most part need to use all available mediums to market and it extends beyond the farm gates for most. We are good for the western horse industry because we promote the Canadian horse industry. The western horse industry is a huge industry when you consider the suppliers of horse related products, training, stabling, events, advertising, reporting, professional services and all of the additional dollar values generated. To support the Canadian horse industry breeders need the support of the Canadian horse industry. To support we need support. We have terrific product, a solid group of breeders and a time-tested sale.

BH: I believe the AQHBG plays the same role within the western horse industry today as it did when it first started, that is to put in front of the public primarily Alberta-bred Quarter Horses from large and small breeders within the province. It allows for a group of people with a common interest to come together and celebrate a great breed – “a horse for all reasons!”

Thanks to both Don and Brian for their excellent input into the common discussion in every barn of late – how’s the western horse market faring and where are we going. Naturally, buyers need to purchase the horse which meets his or her needs, whether Alberta, Canadian or American bred. Like many, I consider it a bonus when I can find exactly what I need right here, and thereby support our western horse industry. A strong horse market here reverberates locally, nationally and continent-wide.

Kudo’s to the Alberta Quarter Horse Breeders Group and their continual quest to perpetuate great quality Quarter Horses bred right here in Canada.

Again, the sale is this Saturday, at Northlands in Edmonton. Hope you can make it!

Look for sale results in the Winter issue of Western Horse Review, and right here on this site.

2010 Canadian Quarter Horse Nationals

Well, we’re back after spending a week in Red Deer, AB, at the 2010 Canadian National Quarter Horse Show. It was a great time and the weather cooperated nicely. This is always one of our favorite shows. We get the chance to catch up with old friends and run for National titles. And my camera loves this event, especially since it showcases horses with beauty beyond compare…

Credit: Ingrid Schulz

This annual show features horses from all over Canada and the U.S. in varying disciplines. That’s a lot of shine spray, banding elastics and early mornings to get everybody properly groomed.

Credit: Ingrid Schulz

And let’s not forget about all the fabulous show outfits there are to ogle over…

Plus I love the fact that we get the chance to take in some of the other disciplines, outside of our regular circles.

Nationals gives me the opportunity to truly appreciate the work that goes into the making of a western pleasure, western riding, trail or English mount.

Credit: Ingrid Schulz

Ahh, back in “the day” I actually used to ride English myself a little… Still have my old saddle, even. Yep, it’s got a brass plate on the cantle with my maiden name on it! These days however, I get my English fix at this week-long show.

Credit: Ingrid Schulz

And my palomino reiner gets the chance to see a few different visuals in the warm-up ring. Depending on the day, there might be carts, halter horses or weanlings to navigate around. It gets a little exciting.

Credit: Ingrid Schulz

I only wish my mare would take in a few pointers from the perfectly manicured halter and showmanship horses… Like how to remain clean, overnight in her stall. And how to stand still for pictures.

This little darling has the technique down pat.

There are all kinds of friendly faces to be found in Red Deer.

Like this girl. The one who was offering kittens for sale to benefit the Alberta Youth Quarter Horse Association. Argh… With a face like this and an adorable ball of fluff in her hands, who doesn’t think they need another cat? C’mon, you need another one! Everybody needs 7 barn cats…

Credit: Ingrid Schulz

If you were at Nationals, I hope you had a great show! And if you found yourself at the other end of my camera lens, thanks for being such great sports for My Stable Life!

Credit: Ingrid Schulz

It looked like these girls were enjoying themselves and their horses as they prepared for their time in the pen.

And this barn, who celebrated a birthday for a compadre and shared in the chores to get things done.

See ya next year! And, in the meantime watch for coverage of the Canadian Quarter Horse Nationals in the mid-November Champions Edition of Western Horse Review magazine.

AQHA Region One Championship

LANGLEY, BC. JULY 21-25, 2010

From left: CQHA Directors Gayle Pawley-Wilson, Joe Carter, Haidee Landry, Marnie Somers

The AQHA Region One Championship event took place at Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC from July 21-25, 2010. This was the first time that Canada had hosted an AQHA Region Championship and it was a bold step for BCQHA to initiate hosting the event as part of AQHA Region One.

Judges Lynn Palm and Joe Carter judging the back up with Western Pleasure Class in lineup.

Our Region is comprised of the following AQHA Affiliates: Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Previous events have taken place in Redmond Oregon and Nampa Idaho.

Barrel racing was part of the action.

The show was a success with over 249 horses and 600 entries in the AQHA classes not including the open cattle or the All Breed Youth entries.

The Championships were fun for everyone and open to the public.

Attending the event on behalf of AQHA were Don Treadway, Executive Vice President, his wife Robbyn and daughter Stacy. Also Kelly Proffitt, AQHA Liaison for Professional Horsemen and Regional Championships, AQHA Registration liaison Wendy Kite and Randee Fox, AQHA Quarter Horse Journal. On behalf of CQHA we had the pleasure of Marnie Somers, President and her husband Wilf Davis from Manitoba.

Friday Evening Extravaganza. Langley Township Mayor Rick Green gives a Bridleless Reining demo

Friday Evening Extravaganza. "Canada's Greatest Horseman" Cayley Wilson, AQHA Professional Horseman gives the audience a Working Cowhorse Demo and explains the Canada's greatest Horseman competition.

A free Social event was hosted by the Affiliates each evening serving at least 200 guests: Oregon served refreshing ice cream sundaes, Alaska/Washington made unique grilled moose burgers, British Columbia presented local specialities of Salmon, Turkey, Corn, and Idaho baked their traditional potatoes with all the fixings.

Various clinics and demos were offered by the following AQHA Professional Horsemen.

Laurie Takeoff, Lynn Palm, Darhl Paley with Doug Baker, Mike Edwards, May Edwards, Splendora Papetti-Huizenga,  Ashlea Conti, Cayley Wilson, Denise Callahan, Genny Miller, and Carolyn Rice.

The AQHA Test Ride run by the BCQHA Professional Horsemen had at least 40 riders.

The judges for the event were Joe Carter and Lynne Palm.

The official photographer for the event was Don and Debbie Trout.

Classes during the event were approved by AQHA, NSBA, NCHA, WCHA, NRHA, BCCHA, CCHA, and NRCHA.

The following classes included added monies:

NRHA…$1100.00 ADDED

NRCHA …$1,000.00 ADDED

NCHA….$1150.00 ADDED

BCTRA Jackpot

Youth Cutting winner Hayley Stradling.

Youth Cutting - Bianca (Diane Olson's daughter) what a shot!

The 4H group of 51 or more youth were camped on the grounds throughout the event and they participated in the All Breed Youth classes and clinics.

AQHA Region One All Around Champions:

Youth 14-18

Tamara Barker, Macs Goodbar Seeker

Reserve

Sarah Hill, Investing Potential

Novice Youth 14-18

Sarah Hill, Investing Potential

Reserve

Hannah Braunstein, Dont Skip The Player

Youth 13 and Under and Novice Youth 13 and Under Katrina Mulford and Zippos Star Shuttle. Pictured: Bev and Allan Mulford, Mike and Kay Edwards, Katrina Mulford and Zippos Star Shuttle

Reserve

Tessa May, Gayla Sallena

Open All Around

Kathrine Hardcastle, (Kerri Dekuber, Brandi Peters-Coplan, riders)

Winkin For Chocolate

Reserve

Tammi Hutton, Pink Cadillac Dreams

Novice Youth 13 and Under

Katrina Mulford, Zippos Star Shuttle

Reserve

Breanna Fear, Laced Investments

Jody Peardon and Two Timin Artie, Mike Edwards, Kim Blyth and Kay Edwards, Jody Peardon and Two Timin Artie.

Reserve

Casey Rohrbacher, Amble Untouched

Novice Amateur

Tanna Daley, A Regal Presence

Reserve

Maralynn Rehbein, Inviting The Prince

Select Amateur

Cindy Nakahara, A Screamin Zippo

Reserve

Eleanor Peardon, Perfect Deception

All Around Champion Award - All Breed Youth Division. Pictured: Winner 4 H member Cassie Robertson and Im Hot N Sassi, Don Treadway, AQHA Executive Vice President presenting an Apple ipad.

Deja Iannone Pole Bending.

We would truly like to thank all the AQHA Region One sponsors.

An extra special thank you to the BCQHA members, who donated, sponsored and volunteered to make this a memorable and successful event and our appreciation to the 4H participants and parents for their added assistance.

We hope you will join us next year to make this event even bigger and better for 2011.

~ Submitted by Gayle Pawley-Wilson

AQHA/CQHA/BCQHA/ Region One Director

Pictures Courtesy of

Don Trout Photography

54 West Acres Rd.

Whitesboro, TX 76273

903-564-5698

www.dontrout.com

don@dontrout.com

AQHA’s 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Mr San Peppy, Skipper W and Streakin Six, as well as Douglas and Nancy Dear, Joe Kirk Fulton, and Frank Howell will be honored at ceremonies during the 2011 AQHA Convention in March in Grapevine, Texas, with an induction into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. 

“These horses, horse owners and breeders have contributed their best to continuing the legacy of the American Quarter Horse,” said Don Treadway Jr., AQHA executive vice president. “We’re proud to be able to honor them as they deserve.”

Mr San Peppy

Mr San Peppy, by Leo San and out of Peppy Belle by Pep Up, was intended for the racetrack but ended up in the cutting arena. Greg Welch rode the 1968 sorrel stallion to the top of the National Cutting Horse Association Derby in 1972. Welch’s father, American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Buster Welch, rode Mr San Peppy to NCHA world championships in 1974 and 1976. The horse also won an AQHA world championship in 1976. Mr San Peppy, owned by the King Ranch, sired Peppy San Badger, a member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, as well as horses earning more than $2.63 million in NCHA competition. Mr San Peppy died in 1998.

Skipper W

Skipper W was foaled in 1945 and bred by American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Hank Wiescamp. Skipper W was shown three times as a 4-year-old and, by many reports, was named grand champion all three times. He retired undefeated and returned to Wiescamp’s ranch, where he sired 132 foals that earned 1,392 halter points and 586.5 performance points; 13 became AQHA Champions. Skipper W never stood to outside mares, but horses of his lineage are still known as “Skipper W-bred.” He died in 1963 at age 18.

Streakin Six

Streakin Six was bred by the Tom L. Burnett Cattle Co., of Fort Worth, Texas. The 1977 chestnut stallion by Easy Six and out of Miss Assured by Little Request (TB) won the 1979 Rainbow Futurity (G1) and was second in 1979 in the All American Futurity (G1). His racing career ended with a record of 19 starts, 10 wins, five seconds and one third. As a sire for the Four Sixes Ranch, Streakin Six really hit his stride. He is the No. 6 American Quarter Horse sire of stakes winners and money-earners and the No. 3 broodmare sire. His offspring earned $17,348,666 on the track and five world championships. Streakin Six was euthanized in December 2005.

Douglas and Nancy Dear of Simms, Montana, are 60-year breeders of American Quarter Horses at their Birdtail Ranch, focusing on ranch horses to work the family’s Angus cattle. The Dears were influential in the 1954 establishment of the Montana Quarter Horse Association and have played many roles in the group since that time. Doug died in 1999, and a scholarship in his name assists Montana students with their college education. Nancy is still involved with the family’s breeding program, one that has placed the Dears 12th on the list of breeders of American Quarter Horse Champions.

Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas, breeds winning racehorses as well as ranch horses for his Quien Sabe Ranch. He bred Peppy San Badger, who was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2008. Fulton has bred or been the owner of stallions that have sired the earners of more than $60 million on the racetrack. He has seven world championships earned by two world champions, Special Leader and Dashs Dream. In 2007, he received the American Quarter Horse Association Legacy Award for breeding American Quarter Horses for 50 consecutive years.

Frank Howell of Union City, Georgia, was president of the American Quarter Horse Association in 2005-06. He joined the Georgia Quarter Horse Association in 1976 and served two terms as president. The halter exhibitor became active in AQHA governance in 1990, serving on the amateur committee and being elected to the board of directors in 1996. He has also served on the stud book and registration committee, the public policy task force and the affiliate and racing councils. He was influential in establishing the AQHA Regional Championships.

AQHA Youth World Cup Canadian Finishes

Danielle Olafson and Almosta Boom of Team Canada won the Gold medal in the Horsemanship showcase, a featured event on Saturday evening, July 10th, during the "Battle in the Saddle" show. The "Battle in the Saddle" show was held in conjunction with the 2010 AQHA Youth World Cup in Oklahoma City, OK.

Team Canada moved up one placing from 7th place overall to 6th place overall, as a result of AQHA’s recalculation of points earned during the prestigious 2010 AQHA Youth World Cup competition, held July 3-11, in Oklahoma City, OK.

Sixteen countries sent teams – represented were Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the host country, United States.

The revised calculations for the Youth World Cup individual classes and overall team standings are available on-line at AQHA.

Biographies of the 10 Team Canada youth members, coach and manager are available on-line at Canadian Quarter Horse Association.

Team Canada highlights:

  • Reining: Day 1 – 8th place & Day 2 – 5th place: Paige Carter-Fleetwood aboard
    Walla Please Shine
  • Showmanship: Day 2 – 5th place: Danielle Olafson with Almosta Boom
  • Trail: Day 1 – Bronze medal: Paige Carter-Fleetwood aboard Sassy, &
    Day 2 – 9th place: Paige Carter-Fleetwood aboard PR Zip Me Deck
  • Western Horsemanship: Day 1 – Silver medal: Rianna Storey aboad Almosta Boom & 6th place: Morgan Shipka aboard Sassy; Day 2 – 6th place; Morgan Shipka aboard PR Zip Me Deck & 9th place: Danielle Olafson aboard Captain Star Cruiser
  • Hunter Under Saddle: Day 1 – 7th place & Day 2 – Bronze medal: Danielle Olafson aboard Whispering Captive
  • Hunt Seat Equitation: Day 2 – 5th place: Danielle Olafson aboard Almosta Boom & 6th place: Rianna Storey aboard Whispering Captive & 8th place: Morgan Shipka aboard PR Zip Me Deck

Congratulations Team Canada – we are so proud of you!  You are great ambassadors for your country.

~ Submitted by the Canadian Quarter Horse Association

AQHA Region One Championships

Photo by Deanna Buschert

AQHA REGION ONE CHAMPIONSHIPS, LANGLEY B.C.


  • WHEN? July 21-25, 2010.
  • WHERE? Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park in Langley, BC
  • WHY? Loads of fun, clinics, socials, entertainment, trade fair, championship competition      and over $130,000 in awards
  • WHO CAN ATTEND? The whole family
  • WHO CAN SHOW? AQHA, NRCHA, NRHA, NCHA, BCCHA, CCHA and NSBA    members. All Breed classes for Youth riders and the Jackpot classes are open to all competitors riding any breed of horse.
  • WHAT CAN I WIN? Money, Saddles, 120 Montana Silversmith buckles, Professionals Choice saddle pads, Weatherbeeta blankets, Farnam product gift bags, Journal Hay bags and much, much more!
  • IS IT EXPENSIVE TO COMPETE? Show all the classes in your one AQHA division throughout the entire show for only $150, only $70 for the AQHA Novice Youth division and only $50 for the All Breed Youth division
  • WHERE DO I GET MORE INFORMATION? Go to WWW.R1QHA.COM or call Tracy Adams 206-842-1047  Cell: 206-383-6679  e-mail: tracyadamsqh@gmail.com

This is the first time an AQHA Regional Championship show is being held in Canada! The British Columbia Quarter Horse Association is honored to be hosting this prestigious event in beautiful Langley, BC, deemed the Horse Capital of British Columbia.

Included in this event will be a Trade Fair, Educational Clinics, Charity Fundraisers, 4H Youth Camp, and an AQHA Test Ride as well as Regional Championship competition and fun social activities. This competition offers numerous dual approved classes including NCHA, BCCHA, CCHA, NRHA, NRCHA, NSBA, plus WCHA approved classes.  Exhibitors showing AQHA and Appendix registered horses from many disciplines which include Cutting, Reining, Working Cow Horse, Barrel Racing, Heading and Heeling, Trail, Western Pleasure, Ranch Sorting, Hunter Under Saddle and Over Fences classes, pattern classes and more, will be competing for their Regional Championship titles.

Immediately prior to the Regional Championships, and also at the same facility on July 17 – 20 will be an AQHA Approved show. Come for the points and stay for the awards! More information is available at www.bcqha.com/lmqha

The 4-H Youth Summer Spectacular, the AQHA Regional Championships, and the BC Summer Games equestrian events will all converge during this spectacular week at Thunderbird Equestrian Show Park.

The American Quarter Horse Association is the world’s largest single-breed equine registry and membership organization. Today, the Association that was founded in 1940 has registered more than 5 million American Quarter Horses worldwide and has more than 320,000 AQHA members. In BC we have 26,030 registered AQHA horses and many more purebred Quarter Horses that have not yet been registered. The British Columbia Quarter Horse Association (BCQHA) represents over 2900 AQHA members in our Province.

North America has been divided into 11 AQHA Regions, and British Columbia is in Region One. Check out our website at www.r1aqha.com. Alaska, Oregon, Idaho and Washington State are the partnering States included in our Region. Each State or Province is represented by an AQHA recognized Affiliate, which in BC is BCQHA. Our Region is home to 282,844 registered AQHA horses and we represent more than 21,500 members throughout Region One.

Stroll the Trade Fair, take in the Clinics, Test Ride an American Quarter Horse, and enjoy the social atmosphere while watching superb Championship Competition.

America’s Horse in Art

Wayne Baize's art features six Quarter Horses.

America’s Horse in Art returns to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in August, and a painting by renowned western artist Wayne Baize will be the signature piece for the third annual art show. 

The public is invited to the America’s Horse in Art opening, which will take place Saturday, August 14. Many of the talented artists will be at the opening and available to discuss the inspiration for their art work. The opening will be 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and will feature live music, hors d’œuvres and cocktails.

America’s Horse in Art: The Horse That Settled the West show and sale will continue through November 13 in the Scharbauer Gallery in the museum. 

Baize’s painting features six American Quarter Horses, animals that he is quite familiar with. At an early age, Baize learned the value of a good horse and as a youth helped break colts. Later, he and his brother, Arlon, raised American Quarter Horses. Wayne has been a professional artist for more than 35 years and has had his work reproduced on the covers of many magazines, including The American Quarter Horse Journal.

He was elected to membership of the Cowboy Artists of America in 1995 and has served as director, vice president and president of the organization. The Cowboy Artists of America began in 1965 with two goals – to ensure authentic representation of the life of the west (as it was and is) as typified by the late Fredrick Remington and Charles Russell, and to ensure western art continued to rise in stature in the fine art world. Since then the CAA has expanded to become the most prestigious and widely recognized group of western artists. The membership is highly selective.

Wayne and his wife, Ellen, live on a small ranch near Fort Davis, Texas. To see more examples of Baize’s work, visitwww.waynebaizeca.com/.  

“We are fortunate to have such a talented group of western artists display their work for the third annual America’s Horse in Art Show and Sale,” said Don Treadway Jr., AQHA’s Executive Vice President. “The American Quarter Horse has long been a focus of western art, and we appreciate these great artists joining together to support the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum and help to protect the history of these amazing animals.”  

Each piece of art – ranging from pencil drawings to sculptures – will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sale of the art will go to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame to support its efforts to preserve the history of the American Quarter Horse, but due to IRS regulations, the art is not tax-deductible. The complete collection will be viewable atwww.aqhahalloffame.com in August.

America’s Horse in Art will feature works by: 

Ruth Andre, http://ruthandre.com/
Don Bell, www.donbellgalleries.com/about.php
Mary Ross Buchholz, http://maryrossbuchholz.com/
Brenda Bruckner, www.bbruckner.com/
Buckeye Blake, www.theblakestudios.com/buckeyeblake.html
Teal Blake, http://tealblake.com/
Steve Devenyns, www.stevedevenyns.com/
Mikel Donahue, www.mikeldonahue.com/
Dyrk Godby, www.dyrkgodby.com/
Bruce Graham, www.brucegrahamart.com/
Sheri Greves-Neilson, www.grevesneilson.com/
Don Hambrick
Harold Holden, http://hholden.com/
Rick Jackson
Connie Johnson
Greg Kelsey, http://gregkelsey.com/
T.D. Kelsey, www.tdkelsey.com/
Mark Kohler, www.markkohlerstudio.com/
Earl Kuhn, www.earlkuhn.com/
Mehl Lawson, http://cowboyartistsofamerica.com/members/mehl_lawson/active
Jan Mapes, www.janmapes.com/
Gary Morton, http://garymortonart.com/
Lisa Perry, www.lisaperry.com/
Jason Scull, www.jasonscull.com/
Jack Sorenson, www.joewadefineart.com/sorenson.shtml
Buck Taylor, www.bucktaylor.com/
Karmel Timmons, www.karmeltimmons.com/
K.W. Whitley

The above list is a tentative list and continues to expand. Visit www.aqhhalloffame.com for the latest information on artists participating in the show.