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Author of “They Rode Good Horses,” Don Hedgpeth,  Has Passed

Author of “They Rode Good Horses,” Don Hedgpeth, Has Passed

Don Hedgpeth of Medina, Texas, who in 1990 wrote AQHA’s 50-year history “They Rode Good Horses,” passed away on June 25, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio after a 30-year battle with leukemia. Don was a beloved husband, father and friend, as well as an award-winning writer and expert on cowboys and western heritage.

AQHA Director at Large, Homer Stude, Has Passed

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AQHA Director at Large, Homer Stude, Has Passed

Homer was a life member of the American Quarter Horse Association, and served as a director-at-large, as well as serving on the recreational riding committee. Homer was also chairman of the AQHA Youth Activities Committee. Homer was the well-deserving recipient of the 2011 Merle Wood Humanitarian award for his work with youth and horses. Homer and Cookie were always tremendous supporters and promoters of AQHA youth. Cookie used to manage the awards at the Youth World, wrangling awards and kids in the process.

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Make Donations to Hugh Chatham Hospital in Memory of Babs Bryant

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Make Donations to Hugh Chatham Hospital in Memory of Babs Bryant

Babs was always so proud of our hospital and would let us know how the doctors and staff were so accommodating and helpful. It made her battle much easier to deal with because of the technology and the nurturing and caring staff at our cancer center. She was a great friend and loved being served locally at HCMH. She will truly be missed. Please keep Lannie and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Sincerest Condolences Following Passing of Babs Bryant

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Sincerest Condolences Following Passing of Babs Bryant

We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the family of a friend of ours in the horse industry, Babs Bryant, who has passed away after an extended battle with cancer. Always a style maven, Babs was perhaps best known for being at the helm of Lagrange Leather alongside her husband, Lannie, where she […]

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AQHA Director, Gilbert Arevalo, Has Passed

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AQHA Director, Gilbert Arevalo, Has Passed

The equine industry has lost a valuable proponent. Gilbert Arevalo Sr. of Loranger, Louisiana, passed away at Garden Park Medical Center in Gulfport on June 21 at 62. He was born on December 2, 1957, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Arevalo grew up in Gretna, Louisiana, and graduated from West Jefferson High School. In 1984, he and wife Della moved to the north side of the lake and eventually settled in Loranger with their children. 

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Condolences Following Passing of Sweet Talkin Jeannie

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Condolences Following Passing of Sweet Talkin Jeannie

However, it was as a Non-Pro horse that she really shined. Joetta Bell would win AQHA World Championship titles in Amateur Western Pleasure, Amateur Showmanship, and Amateur Western Riding, as well as Reserve World Champion titles in Western Pleasure and Western Riding with the mare. Shane Dowdy also showed the mare to numerous successes in Senior Western Pleasure, adding an Open AQHA World Championship in 2004. In all, Sweet Talkin Jeannie would earn more than 1,400 AQHA points and $12,594.58 in NSBA earnings.

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In Loving Memory of Certainly A Blaze

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In Loving Memory of Certainly A Blaze

“One of my favorite things about our partnership was how connected I felt to him while riding. It was a feeling of trust and teamwork that I don’t have with many other horses, or even people.”

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In Loving Memory of Heza Stemwinder

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In Loving Memory of Heza Stemwinder

With great sadness, we relay the news that the World Champion, World Champion Sire, and Congress Grand Champion, Heza Stemwinder, was recently euthanized after a short illness. All of us that love our horses dream of having that one horse that can be a true champion. He was ours. 

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APHA Hall of Fame Member Wanda Williams Passes

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APHA Hall of Fame Member Wanda Williams Passes

Though she had no direct background with horses, Wanda Williams helped direct the course of APHA. Hired in 1963 as a part-time “pedigree painter” for the fledgling association, Wanda became a full-time employee in 1969. From registrations to rulebook revisions to correspondence with members, Wanda did just about every task APHA had to offer.

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Former APHA Amateur Committee Vice Chair Beverly Shoemaker Passes

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Former APHA Amateur Committee Vice Chair Beverly Shoemaker Passes

The wife of APHA Past President Bud Shoemaker, Beverly was also deeply rooted to Paint Horses and APHA. She was part of the APHA Amateur Committee from 1981-1992, serving as vice chairman of that committee in 1984 and 1987; she was also part of the Queen Committee in 1983.

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