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History of the Australian Quarter Horse Association

 

 

1954

arrival of the first four stallions imported from King Ranch (USA). Three stallions, Vaquero*, Jackaroo* and Gold Standard* were for the newly established King Ranch QH Stud in Queensland. The fourth, Mescal*, was gifted to the Hordern family.

   
1961

three more stallions arrive, Tejano Chico*, Pronto Mio* and Alazan De Lela*. Significantly this consignment also included the first eight purebred mares, enabling King Ranch to produce purebred foals.

  – Jackaroo* was the first American Quarter Horse to be auctioned at the Annual King Ranch Sale, setting an Australian record price at 3,000 guineas ($6,300).
   
1963

King Ranch imported their largest consignment - five stallions and ten purebred mares variously owned by King Ranch, Sir Rupert Clarke and Sarah Myer.

 

Jackaroo* was the first American Quarter Horse to be auctioned at the Annual King Ranch Sale, setting an Australian record price at 3,000 guineas ($6,300).

   
1964

the formation of the Australian Quarter Horse Association with Peter Baillieu, elected as President. The aim of the Association was to further the Quarter Horse breed while maintaining the quality of the progeny

  Milton Park, Bowral, NSW, the first AQHA Office
   
1966

Pronto Mio* became the second imported purebred stallion offered for auction fetching $11,550. He was the first stallion to stand in WA.

  Grahame Greenup and Alastair Bassingthwaighte’s syndicate imported Flapper’s Breeze*, the first AmQHA Champion and only the second non-King Ranch stallion.
  Alfie’s Cat* and Mr Flagg Call* were imported by the American, Denton Hughes
   
1967

King Ranch and Joyce & Joyce brought out a further five stallions and nine mares.
– Quarter Master was the first Australian-bred purebred stallion sold at auction. His price of $10,000 was a record for sire, Vaquero*.

  Greg Lougher and his family brought out the largest single consignment of horses (30 incl. stallions, mares and foals) to establish Clover Leaf QH Stud in NSW
   
1968 The Brisbane Exhibition was the first of the “Royals” to include led-in classes for Quarter Horses. Sydney Royal followed in 1969
   
1969

King Ranch brought out an influential young Texan, Ronnie Kellum, to train and show their horses. With wins in major events Ronnie made quite an impact before returning home.

   
1970 the first AQHA Awards of Honour were granted to four outstanding imports in recognition of their contribution to the breed. They were Vaquero*, Mescal*, Clover Drift* and Clover Lori*.
   
1971 King Ranch Quarter Chime was awarded Australia’s first AQHA Champion following a very successful show career. Her half brother, King Ranch Quarter Banjo, was the first horse to be awarded with a ROM (Register of Merit) for Performance that same year
   
1972 The Australian Quarter Horse Association was incorporated
   
1978

First AQHA National Championships where held at Melbourne Showgrounds

   
1987 The AQHA Office moves to Kable Avenue, Tamworth, NSW
   
1997 the inaugural inductees to the AQHA Hall of Fame were Vaquero Q1, Gregory Lougher and the King Ranch Australia P/L.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

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