The American Quarter Horse Journal
Rebecca Dodge of Pryor, was honored by the American Quarter Horses Association as a 50-Year Legacy Breeder at a ceremony held on Oct. 2 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo.
Each year, AQHA honors breeders who have dedicated their livelihoods to maintaining the integrity of the American Quarter Horse. These horsemen and families see their biggest accomplishments and proudest moments in the horses they breed.
This year, the honorees included 16 who received the cumulative award and 16 who received the legacy award. Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years.
At age 10, Dodge made the decision to buy her first mare, Swiss Belle, without her parents’ consent. Swiss Belle later became her mount throughout her rodeo queen years. The mare became the foundation of what today comprises about 30 mares and two stallions.
“My greatest achievement with horses cannot be measured by counting trophies. It’s a skinny little girl in the 1960s, riding forward on her little sorrel mare to accept Jesus Christ as her savior at the church service on horseback at the county fair. It’s watching my three children go from lead-line to college graduates and medical doctors. Horses are our biggest challenges, our fondest memories and our greatest hope,” says Dodge.
Honorees ranged from people who have bred American Quarter Horses for reining, racing, ranch rodeo and cutting. Recipients were also geographically dispersed, hailing from Alabama, California, Texas, Wyoming, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon, Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho and Missouri. All have dedicated 50 years to taking their best and making it better.
“It’s our honor to recognize the effort and time these breeders have spent in pushing the development of the American Quarter Horse,” said Don Treadway Jr., AQHA executive vice president.
For more information on the 50-Year Breeder Awards, visit www.aqha.com.