American Quarter Horse Heritage Center & Museum, Amarillo

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The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum was created by the American Quarter Horse Association, based in Amarillo, Texas. It honors people and horses who contributed to the growth of the American Quarter Horse.
The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum features photographs of honorees and paintings of American Quarter Horses famous in the bloodlines of current champions. Many of the paintings are by the western artist Orren Mixer. There are interactive exhibits about horse anatomy, horse riding and disciplines of the American Quarter Horse. Other displays include artifacts, riding and cowboy attire, tack, photos and ribbons and memorabilia about inductees.
To be considered by the Hall of Fame, anyone may nominate either people or horses to be considered. Nominations from the membership are due by October 1. They are then screened and sent to the Hall of Fame committee which meets in the following March. Nominations stay active for three years, then must sit out for three years before being considered again. People being considered may be alive or deceased, but horses must be deceased.
List of horses currently inducted in the American Quarter Horse Association's Hall of Fame:
This list is incomplete.
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  • Nice place to unwind and visit with the family. Adults, older kids, and even little kids have a place to learn about horses, cowboys, and history and have some fun. Only takes about 1-2 hours to get t...  more »
  • I've always wanted to visit the AQHA museum and finally got the opportunity to do so. What an amazing place. The history and pieces there are too much to inhale. I could stay for hours looking and abs...  more »
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  • Lots of history, artifacts and the annual nominees to their wall of honor for members and horses. A great place to visit. Informative and interactive exhibits. Went as part of a veterans group from the Amarillo VA. Very enjoyable. I highly Recommend visiting the AQHA Museum.😁
  • Downstairs is a lot more kids oriented, which was well done but I wasn't there with children. Upstairs, though, had an awesome several room, elaborate, timeline of horse influence in American history that I found fascinating. They tied in what was happening in mainstream culture at the time (loved all the Disney movie releases) so it wasn't just reading meaningless dates, and then showed the 'hoof-print' quarter horses were making at the same time. Very cool.

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