American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) is pleased to welcome AQHA Professional Horseman Pete Kyle as executive director of shows and judges to assist AQHA in moving AQHA shows forward.The
“With the many outside influences that have affected our growth these past few years, the AQHA Executive Committee and I believe it is necessary to dedicate a person to focus on continuing to assess, develop and implement existing and new programs targeted toward moving shows and judges forward,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Don Treadway Jr. “Much of this needed emphasis was identified when we convened a group of members to begin development of a strategic plan for shows in January 2014.”
By serving as the point person for the soon-to-be-completed show strategic plan, Kyle will be well positioned to take on the management of shows and the many components involved with their successful implementation.
Kyle, who currently serves as an AQHA judge and an AQHA director-at-large for Texas, brings a lifetime of horse involvement as a trainer, professional and exhibitor. Kyle along with his wife, Tamra, and their children have shown and been a part of the show industry for many years. Most recently, he has specialized in training reining horses and their riders. He has won world championships with six different associations, was a top-10 money-earning rider for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) in 2012 and voted by his peers as the AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year in 1997. Kyle has also trained and coached several youth and non-pro riders to world championship titles and major NRHA victories. Currently, he ranks 36th on the all-time leading money-earner list for NRHA.
He received his AQHA judge’s card in 1984 and judged the Youth World Show in 1992, 1995 and 2001. He also judged the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse World Championships in 2013. Kyle has served on the international, professional horsemen and hall of fame committees and currently serves as the chairman of the judges committee. He was elected as an AQHA director in 1993 and elevated to director-at-large in 2011.
Kyle’s first-hand knowledge and the respect he has in the industry will allow him to be an important link to our members as we move forward with a show product that fits the 21st-century exhibitor of American Quarter Horses.
“My personal thanks to Tom Persechino and the competition team for the work they have done these past four years. They have worked tirelessly to design and implement programs, such as leveling, which have started us down the path of appealing to the 21st-century exhibitor,” said Treadway. “With Kyle as an addition to the team, we will be staffed to move along even faster.”
AQHA looks forward to Kyle joining AQHA’s management team and enhancing the show division with his knowledge and expertise. Kyle will begin his duties as the AQHA executive director of shows and judges in June.