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America's Horse Weekly reports:

The American Quarter Horse Association honored this year's 50-Year Breeders at a ceremony September 25 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.

"It's our honor to recognize the breeders who are the backbone of AQHA," said AQHA Executive Vice President Craig Huffhines. "They have kept the tradition of the American Quarter Horse alive through their knowledge and dedication, and ensure that the success of the breed will continue for many generations to come."

This year, the honorees include 13 legacy award winners and 11 cumulative award winners. Legacy breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 consecutive years. Cumulative breeders are those who have registered at least one foal for 50 years cumulatively.

50-Year Legacy Breeders

M.L. Belcher Jr. of Holliday, Texas
Nonie Casselman of Stephenville, Texas
Larry Grantier of Winnett, Montana
Jelmer E. Johnson of Torrington, Wyoming
Mr. and Mrs. Roger D. Kraft of Austin, Minnesota
Gordon B. Mason of Killarney, Manitoba
Frank Perkins of Flint, Texas
Pat and Eddy Sparks of Taber, Alberta
The Daube Co. of Ardmore, Oklahoma
Melvin R. and Evelyn R. Thomas of Jordan, Montana
Donald A. Woitte of Clive, Alberta
J-D Inc. of Geneva, Nebraska
Gene Hunt of Eagle Butte, South Dakota

50-Year Cumulative Breeders

Barlow Livestock of Gillette, Wyoming
Johnny Barney of Ada, Oklahoma
Circle S Ranch Inc. of Midway, Kentucky
Kenneth C. Harlow of Skiatook, Oklahoma
George F. Hough of Coffeyville, Kansas
Wayne D. and Virginia E. Prewett of Cherokee, Oklahoma
Jack B. Wilson of Vian, Oklahoma
Adams Ranch of Tulia, Texas
Henderson Land and Livestock Co. of Whitman, Nebraska
Mike A. Major of Bowie, Texas
Charles E. and Diane L. Bonnot of Homerville, Ohio

The honorees include breeders of reining, racing, cutting, ranch and rodeo American Quarter Horses. All have dedicated 50 years to taking their best and making it better.